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The Team

Professor Sudha Rao

With a PHD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the prestigious Kings College London, Professor Sudha Rao is leading the team at the Melanie Swan Memorial Translational Centre with their ground-breaking research.

Professor Rao worked in high profile collaborations alongside the world’s best genetic scientists and extensively with commercial pharmaceuticals in the UK before bringing her specialist expertise in epigenetics to Australia 15 years ago. Since 2010 she has been working with the University of Canberra in the faculty of Science and Technology, heading the translational epigenetic laboratory.

Professor Rao’s extensive experience in transcriptional biology and genomic technologies is highly valued in Australia. The primary focus of her research group has been to unravel complex epigenetic signatures of the immune system and understand the cells within metastatic cancer.

Since arriving in Canberra Professor Rao has successfully engaged industry partners, sourced exceptional lab equipment and cultivated strong relationships with oncologists who are eager to see her work come to fruition.

Specialist Team

The research team are comprised of senior post-doctoral fellows, PhD students and research staff who are both local and recruited internationally. As funding is critical to keep staff of this calibre working in Canberra, all our staff are funded through external, competitive funding such as National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC) and commercial funding. They come with unique expertise and skill sets in liquid biopsy platforms, epigenetics and immuno-oncology.

The team have collectively published high impact, peer-reviewed international publications, some of which are cover feature articles. The researchers have attracted prestigious scholarships, received early career fellowships and awards as well as training scholarships and generated novel patents and IP.


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