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Associate Professor Whitehall has researched the molecular basis of colorectal cancer for the past 20 years. After completing postdoctoral studies as a CJ Martin Fellow at the Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia, she returned to QIMR in 2005. She has contributed key conceptual advances to understanding the evolution of colorectal polyp subtypes to clinically relevant groups of colorectal cancers. Her research findings together with active clinical collaborations with gastroenterologists, pathologists and oncologist, have contributed to altered clinical guidelines for the management of colorectal polyps and cancers.
2018-present: Honorary Group Leader, QIMR Berghofer
2018-present: Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology
2013-present: Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Queensland
2005-present: Supervising Scientist, Conjoint Gastroenterology Laboratory, Pathology Queensland
2016-2019: Gastroenterology Society of Australia Senior Research Fellow
2005-2018: Visiting Scientist, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
2005-2013: Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Medicine, University of Queensland
2003-2005: CJ Martin Postdoctoral Fellow, Kimmel Cancer Center, Philadelphia, USA. “Identification of downstream effectors of the hMSH2/hMLH1 damage sensing apparatus”
1999-2003: PhD student, Conjoint Gastroenterology Laboratory, ‘Molecular pathways of colorectal tumorigenesis’
1997-1999: Research Assistant, Conjoint Gastroenterology Laboratory, ‘Molecular genetics of liver cancer’
Associate Professor Whitehall is investigating the link between epigenetic and chronological patient age and how this contributes to differential risk of a polyp progressing to a cancer, as well as how this may be targeted for cancer prevention. A major focus of her current research program is the development of precision medicine strategies to influence therapy for advanced cancer. This involves the development of cancer models for genomic characterisation and high-throughput drug testing.
2003 Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Medicine, University of Queensland
1997 Bachelor of Science with Honours Class I, Department of Biochemistry, University of Queensland
1996 Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland