Barbara McClure

Barbara McClure

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Barbara McClure joined the Leukaemia Research group bringing with her expertise in the structure and function of cytokine receptors, proteins that tightly regulate normal haematopoiesis and whose alterations can result in haematological malignancies. Her position within the Genomics Research Team will be focused on investigating a cancer of white blood cells, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), an aggressive disease that is caused by a variety of genetic lesions. This research will focus on a new subtype of ALL, Ph-like ALL, which has an extremely poor prognosis. Using whole genome sequencing it has been identified that novel genetic fusions are present in the ALL patient samples. Dr McClure will be cloning these novel fusion genes and determining if the products of these fusion genes are the driving force responsible the uncontrolled leukaemic cell growth. Cell systems will then be developed to investigate the altered molecular events responsible for driving proliferation, and to determine if current therapeutics can abrogate the novel driver genes function. This work will help with improvement in the early diagnostic identification of ALL subtypes and to identify better therapeutic options for this aggressive disease.

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Characterisation of the impact of cytokine profiles, the microbiome and innate immunity on the response of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) patients to contemporary therapies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Stephanie Jade Field
    2018 Co-Supervisor Characterising signalling cascades and investigating therapeutic targets in JAK2-rearranged acute lymphoblastic leukaemia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Charlotte Emma-Jeane Downes
    2018 Co-Supervisor Characterising KMT2A and MLLT10 rearranged acute lymphoblastic leukaemia Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Michelle Olivia Forgione
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member SAHMRI Radiation Safety Committee SAHMRI Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Medical Research Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Australian Epigenetics Alliance Australia

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