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Dr Ruth Pidsley

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Biography

I am Group Leader of the DNA Methylation Biomarkers group at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Conjoint Lecturer at St Vincent's Clinical School, UNSW Sydney. My group's mission is to use epigenetics to improve cancer diagnosis and prognosis, so that patients can receive the correct treatment. We use the latest techniques to study the epigenetic mechanisms underpinning tumour progression, with a particular focus on cells in the...view more

I am Group Leader of the DNA Methylation Biomarkers group at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Conjoint Lecturer at St Vincent's Clinical School, UNSW Sydney. My group's mission is to use epigenetics to improve cancer diagnosis and prognosis, so that patients can receive the correct treatment. We use the latest techniques to study the epigenetic mechanisms underpinning tumour progression, with a particular focus on cells in the tumour microenvironment, and then apply this information to improve interpretation of patient samples.


My Grants

Title of Project Role in Project Funding Organisation Start Date Duration Total Grant Amount AUD$

A novel predictive epigenetic test to correctly select men for prostate cancer focal therapy

 

CIA Cancer Council New South Wales 2018 2 years $300,000

New opportunities to distinguish low risk from high risk prostate cancer: epigenetic changes in the prostate cancer microenvironment

 

CID NHMRC 2015 3 years $850,000

 


My Qualifications

2013 - PhD, Molecular Genetics, Kings College London, UK.

2009 - MSc, Molecular Genetics, Kings College London, UK.

2006 - BA, Human Sciences, University of Oxford, UK.


My Awards

2015 - Cancer Institute New South Wales Early Career Fellowship

2013 - Gottesmann-Shields Award for the best PhD across SGDP Department, King’s College London, UK

2012 - Tadion Rideal Prize for the best biomedical PhD across King’s College London, UK

2008 - MRC Studentship for MSc/PhD course at King’s College London, UK

Travel awards and prizes for oral and poster presentations at local and international conferences


My Research Activities

The research in Ruth's group focuses primarily on the role of epigenetics in the prostate tumour microenvironment. Their goal is to use this epigenetic information to improve cancer diagnosis and prognosis, so that patients can receive the correct treatment.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Students: PhD, MSc, ILP, Hons

Since starting her scientific career in 2007, Ruth has published more than 30 papers, she has co-supervised the research projects of MSc and undergraduate students, as well as lecturing on two MSc courses. She has also served as a member on the Garvan Post Doctoral Development Committee and the NSW Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Committee.

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Location

Garvan Institute of Medical Research