Associate Professor
Leila Cuttle

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Faculty of Health,
School of Biomedical Sciences

Personal details


Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School of Biomedical Sciences


Burns, Burn Injury, Injury Prevention, Trauma, Traumatic Injury, Child Pain, Paediatric Burns, Paediatric Wound healing, Child Health, Physical Health, Psychological Health, First aid treatment, Pre-hospital Care, Burn Treatments, Hydrogel Dressings, Wounds, Skin, Epithelium, Wound healing, Re-epithelialisation, Repair, Regeneration, Scar tissue, Scarring, Pathology, Tissue Destruction, Apoptosis, Necrosis, Tissue Culture, In Vitro Wound Models, 3D Skin Models, In Vivo Wound Models, Biomarker Discovery, Proteomics, Blister Fluid, Saliva, Clinical Trials, Patient Data


Medical Physiology, Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics, Public Health and Health Services

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • PhD (University of Queensland)
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships and associations

  • Head of the QUT Burns and Trauma Research Laboratory at the Centre for Children's Health Research, Queensland University of Technology.
  • Group Leader in the Centre for Children's Burns and Trauma Research (CCBTR), a multi-disciplinary research team across several institutions (Queensland Health, QUT and UQ).
  • QUT Centre  for Child Health and Wellbeing
  • Chair of the Research Committee for the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association, Director on the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association Board.
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association (ANZBA), Member of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR), Member of Women in Technology (WiT), Member of the Australasian Wound and Tissue Repair Society (AWTRS) and previous committee member (2010-2018) and secretary (2012-2016)
  • Previously organized the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association Annual Scientific Conference in Brisbane 2018 and 2011, and organized and chaired the Scientific Forum at those conferences. Also previously organized the Australasian Wound and Tissue Repair Society Conference at North Stradbroke Island 2018 (and organised the EMCR Program),  the conference in Gold Coast 2014 and Sydney 2012 and also chaired an Early Career Researcher Masterclass Session as part of that conference.


Supervision of Research: I am looking for new research students in 2022 and 2023 and I have several different research projects available.  The main focus of my lab group is to conduct research which aims to improve the lives of children affected by burn injury. We use different techniques to understand the molecular mechanisms behind how burn injuries occur, and we are developing new wound diagnostics and new therapies to enhance wound healing and reduce scarring.

  • PhD or MPhil - Biomarkers of healing in burned children Being able to accurately diagnose wound severity and identify markers of poor outcome is important to provide best treatment and reduce scarring in children with burn injuries. In this project, blister fluid and blood samples that have been collected from children treated in Australian burn clinics will be analysed for gene expression, proteins and inflammatory markers. These molecular markers will then be related to the patient’s wound healing and psychological outcomes to identify potential biomarkers that can predict patient healing trajectories and psychological trauma. Validation of biomarkers previously identified will be investigated for use in point-of-care diagnostic immunoassays, and to develop novel wound healing treatments. This project will involve: working with patient samples and data, mass spectrometry, metabolomic and proteomic techniques and ELISAs. Students who have an interest in the clinical applications of laboratory work are encouraged to apply. Please contact me for more information (; 07 3069 7208).

I have several other current projects and would welcome students for any of these. Please email me if you would like any information on the following:

  • Developing evidence-based children's burn prevention information for distribution through social media (MPhil/PhD)
  • Collation of data related to non-accidental children's burn injury (Honours/MPhil)

Teaching: I am the unit co-ordinator for LQB502 and LQB503, the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) units for the Biomedical Sciences degree LS40. I co-ordinate both units in Semester 1 and Semester 2, and assist with finding biotech/industry/medical placements for undergraduate and postgraduate Biomedical students.


Selected publications

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Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)