Genetics and Molecular Pathology

The Genetics and Molecular Pathology research group is interested in the genetic and epigenetic basis for cancer and in the translation of cancer biomarkers for clinical-grade testing.

Current Research

The AIM Brain project is funded by the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation and is developing a diagnostic platform for paediatric brain tumours based on whole genome methylation profiling. Once implemented, this platform is predicted to revolutionise the diagnosis of paediatric brain tumours by providing an exquisitely precise diagnosis of the tumour sub-type. This is important for the future application of precision medicine in the more than 80 different sub-types that these tumours are now known to fall into. To facilitate clinical implementation of the platform, the laboratory activity is being undertaken within an accredited pathology laboratory at the Victorian Clinical Genetics Service.

Group members

Assoc/Prof Elizabeth Algar PhD, FFSc RCPA

Dr Christine White PhD (Honorary Research Associate)

Elnaz Rasouli (Honorary Research Associate)

Co-supervised PhD students

Dr Sara Khan

Research Group