Bill Panagopoulos

Dr Bill Panagopoulos

THRF Early Career Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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

My career spans more than ten years of research experience within private and academic sectors focusing on cancer cell biology and tissue growth and repair. I am very passionate about cancer research and strive to identify new therapeutic strategies to combat metastatic disease. My primary research interest lies within the role of stromal cells within the tumour microenvironment on cancer growth and metastasis. This interest developed early on in my career but wasn't until my PhD (completed in 2016) where I became fascinated with targeting the stroma with novel therapeutic strategies as a treatment for breast cancer.  My PhD identified for the first time a causative role for peroxidase enzymes in cancer development and metastasis. This discovery has resulted in 3 first author publications, a patent application, and collaboration with a pharmaceutical company assessing novel peroxidase inhibitors as a potential therapeutic agents in the treatment/prevention of breast cancer. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 NHMRC Peter Doherty Early Career Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2018 THRF Early Career Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2016 Research Associate The University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2011 Research Assistant SA Pathology
    2009 - 2010 Study Coordinator VivoPharm
    2008 - 2009 Research Assistant VivoPharm
    2006 - 2008 Research Assistant TGR BioSciences
    2004 - 2006 Medical Scientist Gribbles Pathology/Healthscope
    2003 - 2004 Medical Scientist SA Health/Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Greek, Modern (1453-) Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 - 2016 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1999 - 2002 The University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechonolgy
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    0 Epigeum: Supervising Doctoral Studies The University of Adelaide
  • Research Interests

2019, NHMRC Peter Doherty Early Career Fellowship, 4 years ($327,192.00)

2018, Scott Canner Young Researcher Grant, Chief Investigator-A, (top evaluated proposal), Tour de Cure, 2 years ($125,000)

2017, Early Career Fellowship, The Hospital Research Foundation, 2 years ($240,000)

2017, Early Career Researcher Mentored Project Development Program ($8,905,95)

2017, Beat Cancer Project Travel Award, Cancer Council SA/SAHMRI ($2,900)

2017, International Travel Award, The University of Adelaide ($2,930)

Teaching Interests:      

2016 - 2018                   Co-supervising 3 PhD students

2017                              1 Honours student completion awarded Honours Alumni University Medal

2013 - 2016                   Mentored 5 PhD students, 3 Honours students, and 4 summer research scholarship students


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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor The roles of the Tam Receptor Family in Multiple Myeloma Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Justine Rachel Clark
    2017 Co-Supervisor Fibrosis, Cancer and the Pre-Metastatic Niche: Implications for Peroxidases Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christopher Difelice
    2016 Co-Supervisor The Role of Peroxidase Enzymes in Fracture Repair of Healthy and Osteoporotic Bone Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Alexandra Jayne Shoubridge
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Representative BHI Strategic Research Directions Group Basil Hetzel Institute Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) State Committee
    2015 - 2016 Representative BHI Management Committee Basil Hetzel Insitute
  • Position: THRF Early Career Research Fellow
  • Phone: 82226173
  • Email:
  • Campus: Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Building: QEH- Basil Hetzel Institute, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Surgical Specialties

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