Anne Peaston

Dr Anne Peaston

Associate Professor/Reader

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

I am a veterinary scientist with long-standing interests in the biology of cancer, using rodent models to investigate basic cell and molecular biology aspects. Since my appointment to the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences 8 years ago, I have applied this interest to clinical veterinary oncology research and in the last 3 years have discontinued work with rodent models. My interests are broad, and include for example the molecular underpinnings of feline-specific insecticide sensitivity, chemotherapy for canine osteosarcoma, comparative molecular features of mast cell neoplasia in animals, and inherited blood disorders of dogs. Developing a reliable evidence base for the practise of veterinary medicine depends in part on accurate knowledge of the epidemiology of inherited and acquired conditions affecting the animal population. I am a member of a large collaborative project using VetCompass Australia's centralized, automated, real-time Australia-wide clinical data collection system, that is starting to yield epidemiologic insights into companion animal health and disease.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 - ongoing Clinical Lead University of Adelaide
    2017 - ongoing Associate Professor, Companion Animal Medicine University of Adelaide
    2016 - ongoing Associate Head, Academic University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2016 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2010 Research Scientist Jackson Laboratory
    2004 - 2005 Post-doctoral research fellow University of Sydney
    2000 - 2004 Postdoctoral Research Associate Jackson Laboratory
    1989 - 1992 Resident, Oncology Service University of California-Davis
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2000 Fellowship C.J.Martin Fellow The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine United States -
    1996 Scholarship Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation The University of New South Wales Australia -
    1994 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award The University of New South Wales Australia -
    1991 Research Award Robert H. Winn Foundation The University of California-Davis - -
    1990 Research Award Robert H. Winn Foundation Project Grant The University of California-Davis United States -
    1989 Research Award Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Resident Research Grant The University of California-Davis United States -
    1988 Scholarship Postgraduate Foundation in Veterinary Science Scholarship The University of Sydney Australia -
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1993 - 1998 University of New South Wales Australia PhD
    1974 - 1979 University of Sydney Australia Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    C.J.Martin Research Fellow National Health and Medical Research Council Australia
    Fellow, Internal medicine subspecialty Veterinary Oncology Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Australia
    Diplomate, Veterinary Oncology American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine United States
    Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Studies University of Sydney Australia
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    Specialist Veterinary Medicine (Oncology) Veterinary Surgeons Board SA -
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2023 Peaston, A. (2023). What clinicopathological factors predict prognosis for canine subcutaneous mast cell tumours?. Veterinary Record, 193(1), 31-33.
    2022 Tamlin, V. S., Bottema, C. D. K., Woolford, L., Dobson, E. C., Kessell, A. E., & Peaston, A. E. (2022). Canine mast cell tumours part I: Clinical and survival outcomes.. Veterinary medicine and science, 8(4), 1409-1420.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC4
    2022 Pandarangga, P., McAllister, M. M., Peaston, A. E., Ngai, Y. T., Cahyono, M. I., & Hemmatzadeh, F. (2022). Performance comparison of homologous and heterologous Newcastle disease virus in vaccines and antibody tests.. Res Vet Sci, 149, 82-89.
    DOI Scopus1
    2021 Tamlin, V. S., Bottema, C. D. K., Campbell-Ward, M. L., Hanshaw, D., & Peaston, A. E. (2021). KIT mutations in mast cell tumours from cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) and domestic cats (Felis catus).. Vet Comp Oncol, 19(2), 381-392.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2 Europe PMC3
    2021 Campbell-Ward, M. L., Bryant, B. R., Peaston, A. E., Tamlin, V., Tong, L., & Sangster, C. (2021). Mast cell tumors in cheetah (acinonyx jubatus): A case series. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 51(4), 1025-1034.
    DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC1
    2020 Tamlin, V. S., Bottema, C. D. K., & Peaston, A. E. (2020). Comparative aspects of mast cell neoplasia in animals and the role of KIT in prognosis and treatment.. Veterinary medicine and science, 6(1), 3-18.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS15 Europe PMC11
    2020 Pandarangga, P., Cahyono, M. I., McAllister, M. M., Peaston, A. E., Tearle, R., Low, W. Y., . . . Hemmatzadeh, F. (2020). Full-Genome Sequences of Two Newcastle Disease Virus Strains Isolated in West Java, Indonesia.. Microbiology resource announcements, 9(24), 2 pages.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS2 Europe PMC2
    2020 Yip, H. Y. E., Peaston, A., Woolford, L., Khuu, S. J., Wallace, G., Kumar, R. S., . . . Hemmatzadeh, F. (2020). Diagnostic Challenges in Canine Parvovirus 2c in Vaccine Failure Cases. Viruses, 12(9), 1-13.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS7 Europe PMC5
    2019 Zhou, S., Tearle, R., Jozani, R. J., Winra, B., Schaaf, O., Nicholson, A., & Peaston, A. (2019). Genetic cause for congenital methemoglobinemia in an Australian Pomeranian dog. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 33(2), 868-873.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC5
    2019 Hemmatzadeh, F., Niap, F., Bennett, B. A., Trott, D. J., & Peaston, A. E. (2019). A novel quantitative polymerase chain reaction to monitor urinary tract mycoplasma infection in a dog. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 68(5), 409-414.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS3 Europe PMC2
    2019 McGreevy, P., Masters, S., Richards, L., Soares Magalhaes, R. J., Peaston, A., Combs, M., . . . Wilson, B. (2019). Identification of microchip implantation events for dogs and cats in the vetcompass Australia database. Animals, 9(7), 423-1-423-10.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS11 Europe PMC8
    2019 Tamlin, V. S., Dobson, E. C., Woolford, L., & Peaston, A. E. (2019). DNA purification increases PCR-amplifiable DNA extracted from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded canine mast cell tumors for routine KIT mutation detection. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 31(5), 5 pages.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS2 Europe PMC3
    2019 Endo-Munoz, L., Bennett, T. C., Topkas, E., Wu, S. Y., Thamm, D. H., Brockley, L., . . . Saunders, N. A. (2019). Auranofin improves overall survival when combined with standard of care in a pilot study involving dogs with osteosarcoma.. Veterinary and comparative oncology, 18(2), 206-213.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS9 Europe PMC8
    2017 Tamlin, V. S., Kessell, A. E., McCoy, R. J., Dobson, E. C., Smith, T. S., Hebart, M., . . . Peaston, A. E. (2017). Prevalence of exon 11 internal tandem duplications in the C-KIT proto-oncogene in Australian canine mast cell tumours. Ausralian Veterinary Journal, 95(10), 386-391.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS11 Europe PMC6
    2017 McGreevy, P., Thomson, P., Dhand, N., Raubenheimer, D., Masters, S., Mansfield, C., . . . Hammond, J. (2017). VetCompass Australia: A national big data collection system for veterinary science. Animals, 7(10), 74-1-74-15.
    DOI Scopus50 WoS35 Europe PMC33
    2016 Hasan, N., Ebrahimie, E., Ignjatovic, J., Tarigan, S., Peaston, A., & Hemmatzadeh, F. (2016). Epitope mapping of avian influenza m2e protein: different species recognise various epitopes. PLoS One, 11(6), e0156418-1-e0156418-15.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS8 Europe PMC4
    2016 Hasan, N., Ignjatovic, J., Peaston, A., & Hemmatzadeh, F. (2016). Avian influenza virus and DIVA strategies. Viral Immunology, 29(4), 198-211.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS16 Europe PMC11
    2016 Hasan, N., Ebrahimie, E., Ignjatovic, J., Tarigan, S., Peaston, A., & Hemmatzadeh, F. (2016). Antigenic mapping for determining the immunoreactivity of different regions of M2e protein of H5N1 influenza using overlapping peptides-based ELISA. PLoS One.
    2013 Chew, T., Peaston, A., Lim, A., Lorthongpanich, C., Knowles, B., & Solter, D. (2013). A tudor domain protein SPINDLIN1 interacts with the mRNA-binding protein SERBP1 and is involved in mouse oocyte meiotic resumption. PLoS One, 8(7), 1-10.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS20 Europe PMC19
    2008 Naxerova, K., Bult, C., Peaston, A., Fancher, K., Knowles, B., Kasif, S., & Kohane, I. (2008). Analysis of gene expression in a developmental context emphasizes distinct biological leitmotifs in human cancers. Genome Biology, 9(7), 108 (19 pages).
    DOI Scopus52 WoS48 Europe PMC47
    2008 Peaston, A. (2008). GADD45 and DNA demethylation [letter]. PLoS Genetics, 4(3), 1-3.
    2007 Peaston, A., Knowles, B., & Hutchison, K. (2007). Genome plasticity in the mouse oocyte and early embryo. Biochemical Society Transactions, 35(3), 618-622.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS20 Europe PMC13
    2006 Peaston, A., & Whitelaw, E. (2006). Epigenetics and phenotypic variation in mammals. Mammalian Genome, 17(5), 365-374.
    DOI Scopus99 WoS87 Europe PMC69
    2004 Peaston, A., Eviskov, A., Graber, J., de Vries, W., Holbrook, A., Soltor, D., & Knowles, B. (2004). Retrotransposons regulate host genes in mouse oocytes and preimplantation embryos. Developmental Cell, 7(4), 597-606.
    DOI Scopus524 WoS472 Europe PMC410
    2004 Hansford, L. M., Thomas, W. D., Keating, J. M., Burkhart, C. A., Peaston, A. E., Norris, M. D., . . . Marshall, G. M. (2004). Mechanisms of embryonal tumor initiation: Distinct roles for MycN expression and MYCN amplification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 101(34), 12664-12669.
    DOI Scopus132 WoS124 Europe PMC97
    2004 Evsikov, A. V., De Vries, W. N., Peaston, A. E., Radford, E. E., Fancher, K. S., Chen, F. H., . . . Knowles, B. B. (2004). Systems biology of the 2-cell mouse embryo. Cytogenetic and Genome Research, 105(2-4), 240-250.
    DOI Scopus123 WoS115 Europe PMC95
    2001 Peaston, A. E., Gardaneh, M., Franco, A. V., Hocker, J. E., Murphy, K. M., Farnsworth, M. L., . . . Marshall, G. M. (2001). MRP1 gene expression level regulates the death and differentiation response of neuroblastoma cells. British Journal of Cancer, 85(10), 1564-1571.
    DOI Scopus46 WoS42 Europe PMC21
    1999 Peaston, A. E., & Maddison, J. E. (1999). Efficacy of doxorubicin as an induction agent for cats with lymphosarcoma. Australian Veterinary Journal, 77(7), 442-444.
    DOI Scopus36 WoS24 Europe PMC16
    1998 Peaston, A. E., CaMacHo, M. L., Norris, M. D., Haber, M., Marsh, D. J., Robinson, B. G., . . . Marshall, G. M. (1998). Absence of MEN2A- or 2B-type RET mutations in primary neuroblastoma tumour tissue. Molecular and Cellular Probes, 12(4), 239-242.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS7 Europe PMC5
    1997 Court, E. A., Watson, A. D. J., & Peaston, A. E. (1997). Retrospective study of 60 cases of feline lymphosarcoma. Australian Veterinary Journal, 75(6), 424-427.
    DOI Scopus63 WoS50 Europe PMC35
    1997 Pittman, S., Geyp, M., Fraser, M., Ellem, K., Peaston, A., & Ireland, C. (1997). Multiple centrosomal microtubule organising centres and increased microtubule stability are early features of VP-16-induced apoptosis in CCRF-CEM cells. Leukemia Research, 21(6), 491-499.
    DOI Scopus30 WoS27 Europe PMC18
    1997 Marshall, G. M., Peaston, A. E., Hocker, J. E., Smith, S. A., Hansford, L. M., Tobias, V., . . . Hancock, J. F. (1997). Expression of multiple endocrine neoplasia 2B RET in neuroblastoma cells alters cell adhesion in Vitro, enhances metastatic behavior in Vivo, and activates Jun kinase. Cancer Research, 57(23), 5399-5405.
    Scopus41 WoS37 Europe PMC24
    1997 Watson, A. D., Peaston, A. E., Malik, R., & Swinney, G. R. (1997). Guidelines for handling antineoplastic and immunosuppressive drugs.. Australian veterinary journal, 75(12), 868-876.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC2
    1995 PEASTON, A., & MADDISON, J. (1995). Treatment of superficial tumours on horses with dimethyl sulfoxide and cisplatin. Australian Veterinary Journal, 72(2), 76-77.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS7 Europe PMC5
    1995 Peaston, A. (1995). Cytosine arabinoside in the treatment of lymphoma in dogs. Australian Veterinary Journal, 72(9), 340.
    1994 Leach, M. W., & Peaston, A. E. (1994). Adverse Drug Reaction Attributable to Aluminum Phthalocyanine Tetrasulphonate Administration in Domestic Cats. Veterinary Pathology, 31(2), 283-287.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS9 Europe PMC3
    1994 Théon, A. P., Peaston, A. E., Madewell, B. R., & Dungworth, D. L. (1994). Irradiation of nonlymphoproliferative neoplasms of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses in 16 cats.. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 204(1), 78-83.
    Scopus37 WoS21 Europe PMC12
    1994 Peaston, A. E., & Griffey, S. M. (1994). Visceral mast cell tumour with eosinophilia and eosinophilic peritoneal and pleural effusions in a cat.. Australian veterinary journal, 71(7), 215-217.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS9 Europe PMC7
    1993 Peaston, A. E., Munn, R. J., & Madewell, B. R. (1993). Clinical vignette. A 7-year-old Bernese Mountain dog with anemia.. Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 7(2), 101-103.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS7 Europe PMC6
    1993 Ogilvie, G. K., Moore, A. S., Obradovich, J. E., Elmslie, R. E., Vail, D. M., Straw, R. C., . . . Withrow, S. J. (1993). Toxicoses and efficacy associated with administration of mitoxantrone to cats with maligant tumors. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 202(11), 1839-1844.
    Scopus76 WoS49 Europe PMC34
    1993 Peaston, A. E., Leach, M. W., & Higgins, R. J. (1993). Photodynamic therapy for nasal and aural squamous cell carcinoma in cats.. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 202(8), 1261-1265.
    Scopus66 WoS44 Europe PMC27
    1993 Peaston, A. (1993). Sporotrichosis.. Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 7(1), 44-45.
    DOI Scopus19 Europe PMC8
    1993 MARKS, S. L., FARMAN, C. A., & PEASTON, A. (1993). Nodular Dermatofibrosis and Renal Cystadenomas in a Golden Retriever. Veterinary Dermatology, 4(3), 133-137.
    DOI Scopus27
    1992 Peaston, A. E., Higgins, R. J., Naydan, D. K., & Sokol, K. A. (1992). Evaluation of commercially available antibodies to cytokeratin intermediate filaments and laminin in normal cat pinna.. Journal of veterinary diagnostic investigation : official publication of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Inc, 4(3), 306-311.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS16 Europe PMC12
    1990 Peaston, A. E., Church, D. B., Allen, G. S., & Haigh, S. (1990). Combined chylothorax, chylopericardium, and cranial vena cava syndrome in a dog with thymoma.. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 197(10), 1354-1356.
    Scopus33 WoS30 Europe PMC10
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2010 Peaston, A., Graber, J., Knowles, B., & de Vries, W. (2010). Interrogating the transcriptome of oocytes and preimplantation embryos. In P. Wassarman, & P. Soriano (Eds.), Guide to Techniques in Mouse Development, Part B (Methods in Enzymology, Volume 477) (Vol. 477, 1 ed., pp. 481-510). Burlington, USA: Academic Press.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2 Europe PMC3
    2008 Dobson, J., Hohenhaus, A., & Peaston, A. (2008). Cancer chemotherapy. In J. Maddison, S. Page, & D. Church (Eds.), Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology (2 ed., pp. 330-366). Edinburgh: Elsevier Saunders.
    DOI Scopus13
    2008 Peaston, A. E. (2008). Retrotransposons of vertebrates. In B. W. J. Mahy, & M. H. V. V. A. N. REGENMORTEL (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Virology, Five-Volume Set (pp. 436-445). Academic Press.
    DOI Scopus2
    2008 Peaston, A. E. (2008). Retrotransposons of Vertebrates. In Encyclopedia of Virology: Volume 1-5 (Vol. 1-5, pp. V4-436-V4-445).
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2013 Peaston., Reichel., & Cockcroft. (2013). o Effect of a core course in research on veterinary student perceptions of research as a career option. In Annual Conference Australian Veterinary Association 2013. Cairns Queensland Australia.
    2005 Solter, D., Evsikov, A., Peaston, A., de Vries, W., Holbrook, A., & Knowles, B. B. (2005). The oocyte as a reprogramming milieu.. In BIOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION (pp. 72). Ctr Rech Biol Reproduct, Quebec City, CANADA: SOC STUDY REPRODUCTION.
    2004 Solter, D., Hiiragi, T., Evsikov, A. V., Moyer, J., De Vries, W. N., Peaston, A. E., & Knowles, B. B. (2004). Epigenetic mechanisms in early mammalian development. In Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology Vol. 69 (pp. 11-17). Cold Spring Harbor, NY: COLD SPRING HARBOR LAB PRESS, PUBLICATIONS DEPT.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS17 Europe PMC17
    2003 Knowles, B. B., Evsikov, A. V., De Vries, W. N., Peaston, A. E., & Solter, D. (2003). Molecular control of the oocyte to embryo transition. In Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Vol. 358 (pp. 1381-1388). ROYAL SOC, LONDON, ENGLAND: ROYAL SOC LONDON.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS25 Europe PMC20
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2013 Peaston, A. E. (2013). Mammary Cancer and Activation of Transposable Elements. Defense Technical Information Center.
  • Australian Research Council LEIF application LE160100026, Research Award, VetCompass: big data and real-time surveillance for veterinary science, University of Adelaide, 2015
  • Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation 015-2015, Research Award, Prevalence of c-Kit activating mutations in mast cell tumours from Australian dogs, University of Adelaide, 2015- 2017 - $9,900
  • Congressionally Directed medical Research Program, Department of Defense, BC101296, Research Award, Mammary Cancer and Activation of Transposable Elements, University of Adelaide, 2011- 2015
  • National Institutes of Health R21CA1202-04, Research Award, Mammary Cancer Stem Cells - development of a mouse model for analysis of cancer-predisposed cells at preclinical stages, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, 2008- 2010
  • The Jackson Laboratory Cancer Center Pilot and Feasibility Studies, Research Award, Mammary Cancer Stem Cells - a project to genetically label a specific population of these cells with a selectable marker for fate mapping, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbour, Maine, 2006- 2007, $15,000
  • Susan G Komen for the Cure, Research Award, Mammary Cancer Stem Cells - development of a mouse model for analysis of cancer-predisposed cells at preclinical stages, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, 2006-2008, $250,000
  • Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation Project award, Research Award, Feline Lymphosarcoma Clinical Trial (AVOG 9441), The University of Sydney, 1995- 1996

Teaching Interests

I teach principles and practise of clinical and basic comparative oncology, veterinary clinical haematology, and pharmacology of chemotherapy agents used in veterinary oncology to DVM1 and DVM2 students.  From time to time I teach other aspects of companion animal veterinary internal medicine such as diseases of the respiratory, nervous and urinary systems.  My students (one or two per year) excel in the DVM1 Clinical Research Course, and their work is instrumental in setting up different research projects.  Much of my teaching is in small groups in the Companion Animal Health Center on the Roseworthy Campus.

  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Molecular and Immunology Studies of Vaccinated Chickens with Newcastle Disease Virus Genotype II and Genotype VII Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Putri Pandarangga
    2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor KIT Mutations in Australian Canine Mast Cell Tumours and Correlations with Patient Prognostic Factors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Vanessa Tamlin
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Avian Influenza Virus M2e Protein: Epitope Mapping, Competitive ELISA and Phage Displayed scFv for DIVA in H5N1 Serosurveillance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Noor Haliza Hasan
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2016 - ongoing Board Member VetCompass Board VetCompass Australia Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member Veterinary Health Centres Advisory Committee The University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Chair Learning and Teaching Management Committee University of Adelaide, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    1995 - ongoing Member American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine United States
    1994 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Australia
    1990 - ongoing Member Veterinary Cancer Society United States
  • Position: Associate Professor/Reader
  • Phone: 83131926
  • Email:
  • Fax: 83137736
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: Companion Animal Health Centre, floor G
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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