Christopher Hahn

Christopher Hahn

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Christopher N Hahn, PhD
SA Pathology Department of Genetics and Molecular Pathology Frome Rd, Adelaide.

Molecular Pathology Research Laboratory:
All disease processes in humans have a genetic component, either inherited or acquired by somatic mutation during cell division. It is important to identify genes and mutations that cause disease, predispose families to diseases, or are acquired during disease progression as these are important diagnostic and prognostic markers. They also provide direct targets and biological pathways for therapeutic intervention.

We are interested in how and why genetic mutations occur, how these changes cause diseases or disease predisposition such as cancer and autoimmunity, and ways of better treating and monitoring these diseases. Our model diseases are typically, blood cell diseases, such as leukaemias, lymphomas and autoimmunity (such as arthritis). We also work on rare or orphan diseases with unmet clinical needs, such as genetic diagnoses for family planning.

Our department is co-located with the ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility, which provides access to powerful cutting edge genetic/genomic technologies including bioinformatics, next-generation sequencing and sample preparation robotics. The Department performs both basic and translational research, which includes implementing these new technologies into its diagnostic tests for personalized medicine.

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Co-Supervisor Investigation of germline ERG mutations associated with predisposition to haematological malignancies. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jiarna Rose Zerella
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Identification and Characterisation of Genetic Lesions that Predispose to and Gene Expression Patterns that Contribute to Myeloid Malignancies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Parvathy Venugopal
    2009 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Genetics and Functional Characterization of GATA2, a Novel Cancer Gene in Familial Leukaemia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Chan Eng Chong
    2000 - 2005 Co-Supervisor Characterisation of a novel gene p73RhoGAP in angiogenesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Zhi Su

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