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Dr Siok Tey graduated from the University of Queensland Medical School in 1996 with First Class Honours and a University Medal. She completed her training in clinical and laboratory haematology in Brisbane in 2005, then undertook a two-year research fellowship (2005 – 2007) at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, USA. She returned to Australia in 2007 and completed a PhD in viral T cell immunity (2007 – 11), followed by a post-doctorate in clinical and experimental bone marrow transplant immunology (2012 – 2016), both at QIMR Berghofer.
In 2014, Dr Tey opened the first clinical trial in Australia using a T cell engineering method that she helped develop while in the USA to make bone marrow transplantation safer. Dr Tey started her own laboratory in 2017, where she continues to focus on integrating and translating her expertise in immunology, cell therapy and clinical medicine into novel therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and immune complications arising from bone marrow transplantation.
Dr Tey maintains active clinical practice as a senior staff specialist in clinical haematology and bone marrow transplantation at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital. She was recipient of an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship (2013 –2016) and has received continuous NHMRC CIA project grant funding since 2013. She has published in New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Nature Immunology, Lancet Oncology, amongst others. Dr Tey serves on the editorial boards of Clinical and Translational Immunology and Blood Advances.
2012-2016: Post-doctoral Fellow, Bone Marrow Transplant Laboratory, QIMR Berghofer
2007-2011: PhD scholar, Tumour Immunology Laboratory, QIMR Berghofer
2005-2007: Research Fellow, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA
1997-2005: Full-time clinician – Medical resident and registrar in internal medicine, clinical haematology and haematopathology at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
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Dr Tey currently leads the Translational Cancer Immunotherapy Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. She is also a practising clinician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) where she is a clinical haematologist and bone marrow transplant physician. She is QIMR Berghofer / RBWH’s scientific and clinical lead in an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Blood Transplant and Cell Therapy (2018 – 2022).
Dr Tey’s areas of research are bone marrow transplantation and cellular immunotherapy. Her research in bone marrow transplantation is focused on understanding the interplay between anti-tumour immunity, viral infection and graft-versus-host disease; and the means by which these can be modulated to improve patient outcome. She currently leads an NHMRC-funded project using gene-modified regulatory T cells to treat Graft-Versus-Host Disease (GVHD). Siok is also strongly focused on novel gene-modified cellular immunotherapies, especially Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells, for the treatment of cancer. Her group is conducting pre-clinical research and development in novel CAR T cell therapies. She also leads a joint effort by QIMR Berghofer / RBWH to manufacture CAR T cells in-house for use in phase I clinical trials.
2021: Metro North Health Research Excellence – Chief Executive Award
2019: Clinician Researcher Fellowship, Metro North Hospital and Health Service
2014: Clinical Researcher Award (First Prize), Australian Society of Medical Research Queensland
2011: Peter Doherty Award, Brisbane Immunology Group
2008: Clinical Research Fellowship, Leukaemia Foundation of Australia
2006: Young Investigator Award, Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand
2012: Doctor of Philosophy: “Cytomegalovirus T cell immunity in health and disease”. University of Queensland
2005: Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA)
2004: Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
1996: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Honours Class I), University of Queensland