CCT Evelyn Pedersen Elite Research Scholarship

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Jessica Phillips

The incidence of leukaemia and death caused by leukaemia continues to increase in Tasmania, despite advances in our understanding of, and treatment of the disease.

Jessica’s PhD research project at Menzies Research Institute Tasmania is investigating genes that contribute to leukaemia, and in particular, a gene often mutated in leukaemia called the RUNX1 gene.

Jessica is currently studying the effects of mutation of this gene in leukaemic cells, and particularly how it changes molecules on the surface of the leukaemic cells. By characterising the changes on the surface of the cells caused by mutated RUNX1, and understanding how these changes contribute to leukaemia, she hopes to identify molecules that may be targeted for therapy for people with leukaemia in the future.

Jessica is very thankful that Cancer Council Tasmania has provided her with the CCT Evelyn Pedersen Elite Research Scholarship, as it will enable her to focus on this research at Menzies Research Institute Tasmania and will assist in achieving the best acedemic results possible.