Researcher

Dr Dannielle Upton

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Biography

Dr Dannielle Upton is currently undertaking postdoctoral research at the Children's Cancer Institute (CCI) in the Brain Tumour Research Group under the guidance of Dr Maria Tsoli and A/Prof David Ziegler. Her current research aims to improve treatments for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG). Dannielle has a PhD in Reproductive biology and cancer obtained through the University of Sydney (Sydney Medical School) and the ANZAC Research...view more

Dr Dannielle Upton is currently undertaking postdoctoral research at the Children's Cancer Institute (CCI) in the Brain Tumour Research Group under the guidance of Dr Maria Tsoli and A/Prof David Ziegler. Her current research aims to improve treatments for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG). Dannielle has a PhD in Reproductive biology and cancer obtained through the University of Sydney (Sydney Medical School) and the ANZAC Research Institute. During her PhD studies she examined the role of FSH in reproductive aging, health and cancer development. Since completing her PhD in 2017, Dannielle planned and executed an ARC funded project at the Brain and Mind Research Institute as a Graduate Research Assistant investigating the effects of anaesthesia on brain biochemistry.   Dannielle is an experienced teaching associate and casual academic through the University of Technology with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She was a selected attendee of the highly competitive Frontiers in Reproduction course in 2016 at the Marine Biological Laboratory and has since returned as a Chief Research Facilitator for the course in 2017, 2018 and 2019.


My Grants

Current Funding

  • 2019-2021: Mark Hughes Foundation Innovation Grant: Upton D (CIA) Developing new treatments for childhood brain cancer.

My Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Biomedical) 2008-2010, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Honours 2011, University of Technology and Kolling Institute for Medical Research, Sydney, Australia
  • PhD (Sydney Medical School) 2013-2016, University of Sydney and ANZAC Research Institute, Sydney Australia

My Awards

Dr Dannielle Upton was awarded a University Postgraduate award scholarship during her PhD studies.

She has been awarded travel scholarships including:

  • the International Mammalian Genome Society Student Travel Scholarship (2015)
  • Concord Repatriation General Hospital Travel Award (2015)
  • Society for Reproductive Biology Travel Scholarship (2014, 2015)
  • Endocrine Society Australia Travel Scholarship (2015)

She was also awarded the Frontiers in Reproductive Biology Scholarship (2016), James Kentley Memorial Scholarship (2016) and Royston George Brooker Scholarship (2016) to attend the Frontiers in Reproductive Biology Course.

During her research career she was been awarded presentation awards such as:

  • Kids Cancer Alliance (KCA) - Early Career Researcher Oral Presentation Finalist (2020)
  • Cancer-Lifespan Research symposium – Best Postgraduate Presentation Award (2015)
  • Endocrine Society Australia Annual meeting – ESA Novartis Junior Scientist Award Finalist (2015)
  • Society of Reproductive Biology Annual meeting – Oozoa Award Finalist (2015)
  • Women’s Health and Maternal Medicine Conference - Best Undergraduate Presentation Award (2011).

My Research Activities

  1. High Throughput screening approaches to find new treatments for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas

  2. Utilizing single cell RNA sequencing to examine Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas and the blood brain barrier

  3. Levi's Project: A future for kids with DIPG

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Location

Children's Cancer Institute at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre