Head of Program
Professor Maria Kavallaris (biography)
Cancer remains the major cause of disease-related death in children in Australia. There is still much work to be done to improve the survival rates of children with cancer. One of the hallmarks of cancer cells is their ability to divide and multiply in an uncontrolled manner. Specific proteins play an important part in the cell division process and as such make extremely important targets for anticancer therapy. A key goal of this Program is to understand the role and function of proteins in cancer cells, and the blood vessels that feed tumours, so that improved treatments for cancer can be developed.
The Tumour Biology and Targeting Program aims to discover new ways to target drug-resistant and metastatic cancer and to develop new, less toxic forms of treatment.
Cytoskeletal proteins and cancer
Aurora kinases in cancer
Nanotechnology to deliver treatments