Dr Elizabeth Kuczek

Research Manager

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Research Manager, Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories

Dr Kuczek completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide, and undertook postdoctoral work in molecular immunology (signal transduction and transcriptional regulation of cytokines and T cell surface receptors) at the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science (Adelaide), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Gladstone Institute for Virology and Immunology, San Francisco.

Outside of her academic work, Dr Kuczek has a strong background in project and operations management. She has been responsible for the administrative management of large scale multi-institutional national and international projects, including in the area of hormone dependent cancers – a $5million NBCF (National Breast Cancer Foundation) national collaborative research program, and currently, a Movember-NBCF collaborative linkage project. In 1997 she was instrumental in the establishment of the AGRF (Australian Genome Research Facility) in Brisbane, where for 10 years she managed the DNA sequencing services, and the wallaby genome project (at that time the largest genome to be sequenced in Australia), as well as general operations across the three AGRF nodes in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. Dr Kuczek’s multi-institutional project and stakeholder management was central to her space analyst role with the Go8 (Group of Eight) Facilities Directors group between 2013 -2016.

As a community member of the consumer advisory group for PC4/PoCoG (Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group and Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group) she has maintained her interest in the translation of research into primary cancer care.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 - ongoing Research Manager University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2016 Go8 Space Project Manager University of Queensland
    2008 - 2013 Project Manager University of Sydney
    1997 - 2007 Divisional Manager / National Operations Manager Australian Genome Research Facility
    1996 - 1997 National Product Manager Sarstedt AG
    1992 - 1994 Staff Research Investigator Gladstone Institute for Virology and Immunology, UCSF
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1985 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1981 University of Adelaide Australia BSc (Hons)
    1980 University of Adelaide Australia BSc
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    1991 - 1992 Postdoctoral Fellow University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) United States
    1987 - 1990 Senior Research Officer Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science Australia
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2014 Hilton, H., Doan, T., Dinny Graham, J., Oakes, S., Silvestri, A., Santucci, N., . . . Clarke, C. (2014). Acquired convergence of hormone signaling in breast cancer: ER and PR transition from functionally distinct in normal breast to predictors of metastatic disease. Oncotarget, 5(18), 8651-8664.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS21 Europe PMC16
    2014 Doan, T., Eriksson, N., Graham, D., Funder, J., Simpson, E., Kuczek, E., . . . Clarke, C. (2014). Breast cancer prognosis predicted by nuclear receptor-coregulator networks. Molecular Oncology, 8(5), 998-1013.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS16 Europe PMC9
    2013 Muscat, G., Eriksson, N., Byth, K., Loi, S., Graham, D., Jindal, S., . . . Clarke, C. (2013). Research resource: Nuclear receptors as transcriptome: Discriminant and prognostic value in breast cancer. Molecular Endocrinology, 27(2), 350-365.
    DOI Scopus75 WoS75 Europe PMC64
    2011 Renfree, M., Papenfuss, A., Deakin, J., Lindsay, J., Heider, T., Belov, K., . . . Hazar-Rethinam, M. (2011). Genome sequence of an Australian kangaroo, Macropus eugenii, provides insight into the evolution of mammalian reproduction and development. Genome Biology, 12(8), R81-1-R81-25.
    DOI Scopus136 WoS141 Europe PMC101
    2008 Picardeau, M., Bulach, D. M., Bouchier, C., Zuerner, R. L., Zidane, N., Wilson, P. J., . . . Adler, B. (2008). Genome sequence of the saprophyte Leptospira biflexa provides insights into the evolution of Leptospira and the pathogenesis of leptospirosis. PLoS ONE, 3(2), 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus242 WoS219 Europe PMC167
    2006 Bulach, D. M., Zuerner, R. L., Wilson, P., Seemann, T., McGrath, A., Cullen, P. A., . . . Adler, B. (2006). Genome reduction in Leptospira borgpetersenii reflects limited transmission potential. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103(39), 14560-14565.
    DOI Scopus265 WoS253 Europe PMC187
    2006 Graves, J. A., & Kuczek, E. S. (2006). Marsupial Research Springs to the Forefront, Editorial. Australian Biochemist, 37(2), 3.
    2006 Graves, J. A., & Kuczek, E. S. (2006). The Kangaroo Genome - Australia's Secret Weapon. Australian Biochemist, 37(2), 4-8.
    2005 Premzl, M., Delbridge, M., Gready, J. E., Wilson, P., Johnson, M., Davis, J., . . . Marshall Graves, J. A. (2005). The prion protein gene: Identifying regulatory signals using marsupial sequence. Gene, 349, 121-134.
    DOI Scopus26 WoS24 Europe PMC20
    2003 Saunders, N. F. W., Thomas, T., Curmi, P. M. G., Mattick, J. S., Kuczek, E., Slade, R., . . . Cavicchioli, R. (2003). Mechanisms of thermal adaptatation revealed from genomes of the anatarctic Archaea Methanogenium frigidum and Methanacoccoides burtonii. Genome Research, 13(7), 1580-1588.
    DOI Scopus196 WoS191 Europe PMC115
    2002 Barlow, J. W., Kuczek, E. S., Mitchelson, K. R., Ewen-White, K. R., & Forrest, S. M. (2002). Genomics research in Australia. Today's Life Science, 14(5), 5.
    2001 Ross, B. C., Czajkowski, L., Hocking, D., Margetts, M., Webb, E., Rothel, L., . . . Barr, I. G. (2001). Identification of vaccine candidate antigens from a genomic analysis of Porphyromonas gingivalis. Vaccine, 19(30), 4135-4142.
    DOI Scopus120 WoS97 Europe PMC72
    1995 Goldsmith, M. A., Lai, S. Y., Xu, W., Amaral, M. C., Kuczek, E. S., Parent, L. J., . . . Greene, W. C. (1995). Growth signal transduction by the human interleukin-2 receptor requires cytoplasmic tyrosines of the β chain and non-tyrosine residues of the γ(c) chain. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 270(37), 21729-21737.
    DOI Scopus62 WoS61 Europe PMC41
    1994 Goldsmith, M. A., Xu, W., Amaral, M. C., Kuczek, E. S., & Greene, W. C. (1994). The cytoplasmic domain of the interleukin-2 receptor β chain contains both unique and functionally redundant signal transduction elements. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 269(20), 14698-14704.
    DOI Scopus55 WoS58 Europe PMC28
    1992 Sivaprasad, A. V., Kuczek, E. S., Bawden, C. S., & Rogers, G. E. (1992). Coexpression of the cys E and cys M genes of Salmonella typhimurium in mammalian cells: a step towards establishing cysteine biosynthesis in sheep by transgenesis. Transgenic Research, 1(2), 79-92.
    DOI Scopus10 Europe PMC7
    1991 Kuczek, E. S., Shannon, M. F., Pell, L. M., & Vadas, M. A. (1991). A granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor gene promoter element responsive to inflammatory mediators is functionally distinct from an identical sequence in the granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor gene. Journal of Immunology, 146(7), 2426-2433.
    Scopus19 WoS23 Europe PMC10
    1990 Shannon, M. F., Pell, L. M., Lenardo, M. J., Kuczek, E. S., Occhiodoro, F. S., Dunn, S. M., & Vadas, M. A. (1990). A Novel Tumor Necrosis Factor-Responsive Transcription Factor Which Recognizes a Regulatory Element in Hemopoietic Growth Factor Genes. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 10(6), 2950-2959.
    DOI Scopus46 WoS81 Europe PMC34
    1989 Shannon, F., & Kuczek, E. (1989). Growth factors. Missing links in CSF gene expression. Today's Life Science, 1(2), 44-45.
    1987 KUCZEK, E. S., & ROGERS, G. E. (1987). Sheep wool (glycine + tyrosine)‐rich keratin genes: A family of low sequence homology. European Journal of Biochemistry, 166(1), 79-85.
    DOI Scopus53 WoS54 Europe PMC29
    1985 KUCZEK, E., & ROGERS, G. E. (1985). Sheep keratins: characterization of cDNA clones for the glycine + tyrosine‐rich wool proteins using a synthetic probe. European Journal of Biochemistry, 146(1), 89-93.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS14 Europe PMC9
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    1989 The Biology of Wool and Hair (1989). Springer Netherlands.
    DOI
    1989 Powell, B., Kuczek, E. S., Crocker, L., O'Donnell, M., & Rogers, G. E. (1989). Keratin Gene Expression in Wool Fibre Development. In G. E. Rogers, P. J. Reis, K. A. Ward, & R. C. Marshall (Eds.), The Biology of Wool and Hair (pp. 325-335). Springer, Dordrecht.
    DOI
    1989 Rogers, G. E., Kuczek, E. S., Mackinnon, P. J., Presland, R. B., & Fietz, M. J. (1989). Special Biochemical Features of the Hair Follicle. In G. E. Rogers, P. J. Reis, K. A. Ward, & R. C. Marshall (Eds.), The Biology of Wool and Hair. Springer, Dordrecht.
    DOI
  • Position: Research Manager
  • Phone: 83137856
  • Email: elizabeth.kuczek@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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