Rob Ramsay

Professor Robert G. Ramsay, Senior Principal Research Fellow, Division of Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

Rob is the Group Leader of the Differentiation and Transcription Laboratory (since 1995) and Head of the Cancer Cell Biology Program at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. His PhD in Biochemistry was gained at the Queensland Institute for Medical Research. He did post-doctoral training at Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York and the Ludwig Institute, Melbourne and currently holds a National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship. He is a Past President of the Australian Society for Medical Research and serves on a number of national and international medical research funding, judging and policy committees, teaches second and third year genetics at Latrobe University and co-ordinates an Oncology lecture series with other members of the Peter Mac research faculty for The University of Melbourne Pathology Department. During this time he has put a lot of his energy into early career development within and outside the NHMRC and has advocated the importance of mentoring young researchers at all levels within the medical research sector. In the past he has worked as the science advisor for a Biotechnology company working on cancer biomarkers over five years (2004-8). His research group’s interests span from stem cells and colorectal (CRC) and breast cancer to neurogenesis, radiotherapy and genome instability. He has been, and is currently involved in, clinical trials and the development of novel cancer therapies including DNA vaccines that target nuclear oncogenes.