Archive for June 2019

Preeclampsia testing FET technology on the front page of the Herald Sun

Congratulation to Thuy and Duy for featuring on the front page of the Herald Sun! Duy’s presentation of our point of care testing platform for preeclampsia attracted significant interest. Look out for the publication reporting this exciting work and other further exciting development.

Read the press release here.

Congratulation to Marnie for being awarded a Trasher ECR grant

Congratulation to Marnie and all the team on being awarded a grant from the Trasher Foundation. Trasher

‘International Symposium: Bioengineered Cancer Models’

On behalf of the chairs of the symposium Dr Chih-Tsung Yang and Dr Michelle Maritz and myself, I thank all the speakers of the inaugural ‘International Symposium: Bioengineered Cancer Models’. What a great turn out for what ended being a very exciting event with fascinating presentations illustrating the potential of bioengineered models in immunotherapy and radiotherapy.


‘International Symposium: Bioengineered Cancer Models’

9:30 – 10:00 Guest arrival and coffee
10:00 – 10:15


Chair: Professor Peter Hoffmann

Opening session

Acknowledgement of Country and Introduction of SA Chief Scientist: Professor Peter Hoffmann (University of South Australia)

Opening note: Professor Caroline McMillen (SA Chief Scientist)

Introduction of French – South Australia collaboration: Ms Patricia Thomasi (A/Director, Office of the French Strategy, Department of the Premier and Cabinet)

10:15 – 12:00


Chair: Professor Benjamin Thierry

Session 1

10:15: Adapting a 3D Microfluidic Culture System to Study Immune Checkpoint Blockade for Personalized Immunotherapy Developing a Functional Precision Medicine Platform for Immuno-Oncology Dr Amir Aref (Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute, Harvard University)

10:50: Professor Wayne Tilley (University of Adelaide)

11:25: A new versatile microfluidic system to simulate human physiology in a chip Dr Pierre Gaudriault (Cherry Biotech)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:45


Chair: Dr Chih-Tsung Yang

Session 2

13:00: 3D vascularised microfluidic systems to study the role of tumour stromal cells in immunotherapy of triple negative breast cancer A/Professor Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani (University of Technology Sydney)

13:35: 3D bioprinting of high-throughput (HTP) tumour spheroids for precision medicine Dr Lakmali Atapattu (University of New South Wales)

14:10: Development of a novel solid tumour CAR-T therapy Dr Justin Coombs (Carina Biotech)

15:05 – 16:30



Chair: A/Professor Ivan Kempson




Session 3

15:05: Proton Therapy – Coming Soon to Australia Associate Professor Hien Le (Radiation Oncology, Royal Adelaide Hospital)

15:15: Radiation biology and the quest for personalized cancer therapies: in vitro and in silico approaches Professor Eva Bezak (University of South Australia)

15:50: Towards bioengineered head and neck cancer models Dr Michelle Maritz (University of South Australia)

16:15: Quantitative Imaging and Machine Learning in Translational Research Dr Jonathan Cechetto (PerkinElmer)

16:30 -16:50




Chair: Professor Benjamin Thierry

Selected flash presentation session

16:30: Decoding the endosomal trafficking system through live-cell microscopy Dr. Senthil Arumugam (University of New South Wales)

16:35: Pre-clinical assessment of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR)T cells using patient derived xenograft (PDX) mouse models Dr. Alla Dolnikov (Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital)

16:40: A humanised bone marrow xenotransplantation model of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia to predict patient outcome and direct therapy Dr Thao M. Nguyen (University of South Australia)

16:45: Drop-on-demand 3D bioprinting of 3D cell models Dr Robert Utama (Inventia Life Science)