Our Scientists

Professor Terrance Johns, PhD (Head of Telethon Kids Cancer Centre)

Professor of Paediatric Cancer Research
Head, Oncogenic Signally Laboratory, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Adjunct Professor, University of Western Australia
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc), National Health and Medical Research Council
Project: Development of a New and Effective Therapy Against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

Dr Emily Fletcher, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher, Oncogenic Signalling Lab, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Research Fellow Ion Channel Biology and Biophysics
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc)
Project: Development of a New and Effective Therapy Against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

Dr Abbie Francis, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher, Oncogenic Signalling Lab, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc), Western Australian Child Research Fund
Project: Development of a New and Effective Therapy Against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

Dr Anya Jones, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Officer – Computational Biology, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc), Channel 7 Telethon Trust
Project: Development of a New and Effective Therapy Against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

Sara Rezaeiravesh, BEng, MSc

Research Assistant, Oncogenic Signalling Lab, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
PhD Student, University of Western Australia
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc),
Project: Development of a New and Effective Therapy Against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

Associate Professor Joost Lesterhuis, MBBS, PhD

Head, Sarcoma Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Simon Lee Fellow
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Western Australia
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc), National Health and Medical Research Council, Simon Lee Foundation
Project: A new treatment to prevent sarcoma relapse after surgery

Dr Rachael Zemek, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher, Sarcoma Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Forrest Research Fellow, University of Western Australia
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc), Forrest Research Foundation
Project: A new treatment to prevent sarcoma relapse after surgery

Dr Ben Wylie, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher, Sarcoma Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Research Fellow, University of Western Australia
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc), Cancer Australia/The Kids’ Cancer Project
Project: A new treatment to prevent sarcoma relapse after surgery

Francois Rwandamuriye, BSc(Hons)

PhD Student, Sarcoma Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre / University of Western Australia
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc), Abbie Basson Sarcoma Research Scholarship via Sock it to Sarcoma! Foundation
Project: A new treatment to prevent sarcoma relapse after surgery

Breana Vitali, BSc(Hons)

PhD Student, Sarcoma Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre / University of Western Australia
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc), Abbie Basson Sarcoma Research Scholarship via Sock it to Sarcoma! Foundation
Project: A new treatment to prevent sarcoma relapse after surgery

Associate Professor Rishi Kotecha, MB ChB(Hons), MRCPCH, FRACP, PhD

Head, Leukaemia Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Consultant in Child and Adolescent Haematology and Oncology, Perth Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Curtin Medical School, Curtin University
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc), National Health and Medical Research Council
Project: Identifying Novel Translatable Therapeutics for Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia & Novel Therapeutics for Children with Leukaemia: Understanding and Targeting the Bone Marrow Microenvironment

Laurence Cheung, BPharm(Hons), PhD

Senior Research Fellow, Leukaemia Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Senior Lecturer, Curtin Medical School, Curtin University
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc)
Project: Novel Therapeutics for Children with Leukaemia: Understanding and Targeting the Bone Marrow Microenvironment & Identifying Novel Translatable Therapeutics for Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

Vincent Kuek, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Officer, Leukaemia Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc)
Project: Identifying Novel Translatable Therapeutics for Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia & Novel Therapeutics for Children with Leukaemia: Understanding and Targeting the Bone Marrow Microenvironment

Sung Chiu, MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA, PhD

Honorary Research Fellow, Leukaemia Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Consultant Haematologist, SJOG Midland Hospital
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc)
Project: Identifying Novel Translatable Therapeutics for Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia & Novel Therapeutics for Children with Leukaemia: Understanding and Targeting the Bone Marrow Microenvironment

Joyce Oommen, BSc, MSc

Research Assistant, Leukaemia Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.)
Project: Identifying Novel Translatable Therapeutics for Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia & Novel Therapeutics for Children with Leukaemia: Understanding and Targeting the Bone Marrow Microenvironment

Emanuela Ferrari, BSc(Hons), MSc

Research Assistant, Leukaemia Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc)
Project: Identifying Novel Translatable Therapeutics for Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia & Novel Therapeutics for Children with Leukaemia: Understanding and Targeting the Bone Marrow Microenvironment

Grace Chua, BSc

Research Assistant, Leukaemia Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc)
Project: Identifying Novel Translatable Therapeutics for Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia & Novel Therapeutics for Children with Leukaemia: Understanding and Targeting the Bone Marrow Microenvironment

Sajla Singh, MSc, PhD

Research Assistant, Leukaemia Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc)
Project: Identifying Novel Translatable Therapeutics for Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia & Novel Therapeutics for Children with Leukaemia: Understanding and Targeting the Bone Marrow Microenvironment

Anastasia Hughes, BSc(Hons)

Research Assistant, Leukaemia Translational Research, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
PhD Student, Curtin University
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc)
Project: Identifying Novel Translatable Therapeutics for Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia & Novel Therapeutics for Children with Leukaemia: Understanding and Targeting the Bone Marrow Microenvironment

Dr Sebastien Malinge, PhD

Head, Translational Genomics in Leukaemia, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
CLCRF Ursula Kees Fellow
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc), Cancer Council Western Australia
Project: To develop new tools to identify cancer cells resistant to current therapy and test a new drug therapy to destroy them

Dr Carlos Aya-Bonilla, PhD

Senior Research Officer, Translational Genomics in Leukaemia, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc), Jerome Lejeune Foundation
Project: To develop new tools to identify cancer cells resistant to current therapy and test a new drug therapy to destroy them

Kunjal Panchal, BSc(Hons)

Research Assistant, Translational Genomics in Leukaemia, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc), Lejeune Foundation
Project: To develop new tools to identify cancer cells resistant to current therapy and test a new drug therapy to destroy them

Sang Lin, MSc

Research Assistant, Translational Genomics in Leukaemia, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc)
Project: To develop new tools to identify cancer cells resistant to current therapy and test a new drug therapy to destroy them

Maryam Simad, BSc(Hons)

Research Assistant, Translational Genomics in Leukaemia, Telethon Kids Cancer Centre
Funding: Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc)
Project: To develop new tools to identify cancer cells resistant to current therapy and test a new drug therapy to destroy them