Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Biomedicine
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am currently a PhD candidate in the School of Biomedicine, working within the Bone and Joint Osteoimmunology Laboratory and the Cancer Treatment Toxicities Group (CTTG). I am supervised by Associate Professor Tania Crotti, Professor Joanne Bowen and Dr Bonnie Williams. My research interest encompasses both cancer and musculoskeletal health research areas, focusing on understanding the effect of breast cancer chemotherapy treatments on bone health, including the phenomenon of cancer treatment-induced bone loss and associated skeletal-related events. Another focus of my research is understanding the emerging gut-bone axis and how the gut microbiome can influence the skeletal outcomes in patients with breast cancer.
With a strong interest in undergraduate teaching, I teach into multiple courses within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences as a tutor and demonstrator.
My research has a primary focus on the effects of chemotherapy treatments on bone in the context of breast cancer. This involves the use of micro-CT, histology and other analysis techniques to determine the effects of chemotherapy on bone microarchitecture and metabolism. Chemotherapy treatments irinotecan (CPT-11) and methotrexate (MTX) are used in model to investigate outcomes of treatment toxicity on bone. Another focus of my research is understanding the emerging gut-bone axis and how the gut microbiome can influence the skeletal outcomes in patients with breast cancer.
Laboratory Demonstrator: ANAT SC 1102 - Human Anatomy and Physiology IA
Laboratory Demonstrator: ANAT SC 1103 - Human Anatomy and Physiology IB
Workshop Facilitator: HLTH SC 2012 - Hacking Health
Workshop Facilitator: MEDIC ST 1501 - Foundations of Medicine (Academic Skills Workshops)
Tutor: NURSING 1005 -Biology for Nursing Practice
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