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Associate Professor Belinda Parker Academic, Office of Molecular Sci

Dr Parker is a VCA Mid-Career Fellow and co-leader of the Cancer Theme at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science where she heads the Cancer Microenvironment and Immunology laboratory. After obtaining her PhD in 2002, Dr Parker began postdoctoral training in the Department of Oncology at Johns Hopkins University, USA prior to returning to Australia to work on cell specific mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where she was promoted to Team Leader in 2012 and moved to La Trobe University as a group leader in 2013. Dr Parker’s research focuses on dissecting the interactions between tumour cells and surrounding “normal cells” that promote cancer invasion and metastasis, with an ultimate goal of uncovering biomarkers and targets for personalized therapy in early stage cancer, triple negative breast cancer and bone metastasis. She has a particular interest in cross talk between tumour cells and immune effector and suppressor cells, with a key focus on tumour inherent type I IFN signaling and precision immunotherapeutic approaches. Apart from research funding from NHMRC, CCV and PCFA, she has secured commercial collaborations and was awarded a VMRAF grant to trial IFN inducers in TNBC.

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