Researcher

Dr James Blackburn

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Dr Blackburn leads the DNA and RNA Methodologies team at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. With a diverse background in a variety of molecular techniques and research disciplines, he is an expert in the clinical implementation of next-generation sequencing and targeted sequencing technologies. The focus of Dr Blackburn’s research group is the development and application of innovative methods and novel approaches to overcome current...view more

Dr Blackburn leads the DNA and RNA Methodologies team at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. With a diverse background in a variety of molecular techniques and research disciplines, he is an expert in the clinical implementation of next-generation sequencing and targeted sequencing technologies. The focus of Dr Blackburn’s research group is the development and application of innovative methods and novel approaches to overcome current scientific limitations. This includes the creation of two novel tests for the detection of fusion genes in cancer, and undertaking the wet-lab module of the Molecular Screening and Therapeutics (MoST) program – with the objective of translating genomic screening into health outcomes for Australian cancer patients with advanced disease and an unmet clinical need.

Keywords: cancer genomics; cancer transcriptomics; haematological malignancies; solid tumours


My Grants

Blackburn, J. Improving Fusion Gene Detection and Immune Response Assessment in Sarcoma Patients. ANZSA Research Grant 2020

Blackburn, J. Improving Sarcoma Cancer Diagnostics Through Implementation of a Novel Fusion Gene Test. NFMRI Research Grant, 2020-2021.

Blackburn, J., Heyer, E.E., Trahair, T.N. Accurately Diagnosing Fusion Genes in Paediatric and Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Sarcomas. St. Vincent’s Clinic Foundation Research Grant, 2019.

Mercer, T.R., Dinger, M.E., Burnett, L., Blackburn, J. Diagnosis of Inherited Genetic Disorders Using DNA Reference Standards. NHMRC Project Grant, 2018-2020.

Mercer, T.R., Gill, D., Blackburn, J. A Universal Clinical Test for Gene Fusions in Blood Cancer. NHMRC Project Grant, 2016-2018.


My Qualifications

2004 – PhD Human Molecular Genetics, University of London (Imperial College) - UK 
2000 – BSc (Hons) Genetics, University of Manchester - UK


My Research Activities

Cancer Genetics, Cancer Diagnostics


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Projects associated with next generation sequencing-based patient diagnostics and wet-lab methods development.


Currently supervising

I am currently supervising UNSW PhD students and have previously supervised honours student projects.  

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Location

The Kinghorn Cancer Centre
370 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Contact

+61 2 9355 5722