Cancer is a general term for more than 100 diseases that are characterised by the abnormal growth of cells. Cancer affects a large portion of Australians, with one in two diagnosed by the age of 85.
Our cancer biology research seeks to understand the fundamental mechanisms by which cancers arise, progress and respond to treatment.
Clinical oncology consists of three primary disciplines: medical oncology (the treatment of cancer with medicine, including chemotherapy); surgical oncology (the surgical aspects of cancer, including biopsy, staging, and surgical resection of tumours); and radiation oncology (the treatment of cancer with therapeutic radiation).
Understanding the causes of cancer will enable the development of innovative approaches to treat both liquid cancers (leukaemia and myeloma) and solid cancers (breast, prostate, ovarian and gastrointestinal cancer).
Researchers across the faculty are focused on:
- identifying the molecular and cellular basis of cancer
- developing preclinical models that closely resemble human cancer
- understanding the mechanisms involved in cancer spread and resistance to chemotherapy
- identifying novel biomarkers for detection of cancer
- developing and evaluating new drugs to treat cancer.
Our research centres and institutes working in this area
- Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories (Professor Wayne Tilley)
- Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health (Professor Gary Wittert)
- Robinson Research Institute (Professor Sarah Robertson)
- Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit (Professor Alex Brown)
Our research groups working in this area
- Aquaporin Physiology and Drug Discovery (Professor Andrea Yool)
- Bioengineering Imaging Group (Professor Robert McLaughlin)
- Breast Biology and Cancer Unit (Associate Professor Wendy Ingman)
- Breast Cancer Research Unit (Professor Andreas Evdokiou)
- Cancer Treatment Toxicities Group (Associate Professor Joanne Bowen)
- Clinical Pharmacogenomics Group (Professor Andrew Somogyi)
- Gut Cancer (Dr Susan Woods)
- Mesenchymal Stem Cell Group (Professor Stan Gronthos)
- Myeloma Research Laboratory (Professor Andrew Zannettino)
- Ovarian and Reproductive Cancer Cell Biology (Professor Darryl Russell)
- Prostate Cancer Research Group (Professor Lisa Butler)
- Reproductive Cancer Group (Dr Carmela Ricciardelli)
- Surgical Science Research Group (Professor Guy Maddern)
For additional leads in this area of research, please contact Cancer Biology and Clinical Oncology researchers.
We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.