Study with Us

Are you interested in working towards prevention or a cure for breast or prostate cancer?
Join us at the DRMCRL to progress your career in cancer research.

The DRMCRL is a leading research centre in Australia dedicated to breast and prostate cancer research that spans discovery to clinical translation. We have pioneered integration of genome-wide technologies with unique preclinical models of human breast and prostate cancers, including patient-derived explant, xenograft and organoid models, to better understand disease mechanisms and facilitate translation of breast and prostate cancer research into the clinic.

Our students can work in cutting-edge biomedical research using contemporary models and genomic technologies with access to large proteomic/genomic databases. We are currently actively seeking PhD students, especially those interested in integrating biology with bioinformatics to interrogate large databases, with opportunities for cross-faculty supervision in fields such as mathematics and machine learning.

Current projects include:  

  • Transforming endocrine therapy for breast and prostate cancer
  • Selective activation of the AR to treat ER positive breast cancer
  • The clinical significance of sex hormone crosstalk in ER positive breast cancer
  • Pushing AR toward better outcomes in breast and prostate cancers
  • Targeting CDK9 in triple negative and endocrine-resistant breast cancers

 Please visit the Researcher Profiles of Professor Wayne Tilley or Associate Professor Theresa Hickey for more detail about these projects. 

View the video below to hear Rayzel Fernandes talk about her PhD work at the DRMCRL.

How to apply

Read on for details on how to apply for postgraduate study with us.

  • Get in touch with us

    The University of Adelaide ranks in the top 1% of universities in the world, and can help you make an impact through a Postgraduate Research degree in the DRMCRL, Adelaide Medical School, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

    Before you apply, it's worth getting in touch with us to discuss opportunities and projects. When contacting us, it helps to attach your CV, academic transcript and details of referees.

  • Our laboratories

    The DRMCRL is located in the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building, a $246 million, 14-storey building that houses state-of-the-art facilities for 1600 students and more than 400 researchers. These facilities are located at the west end of North Terrace and are an integral part of the Adelaide BioMed City Precinct, the state's highest priority project for health, research and education infrastructure. We are in the CBD, close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts spaces, sports venues and accommodation.

  • Scholarships

    Our postgraduate academic programs are managed through the Adelaide Medical School.

    Enrolment is handled by the Adelaide Graduate Research School. Refer to their website for details on the application process, scholarships and deadlines.

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