Joanna Sundstrom

Dr Joanna Sundstrom

Research Support Officer

South Australian Immunogenomics Cancer Institute

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Joanna Sundstrom is currently a Research Support Officer for the South Australian ImmunoGENomics Cancer Institute (SAiGENCI) at The University of Adelaide and South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute. Dr Sundstrom will use her scientific research experience and project management skills to shape and deliver SAiGENCI's Graduate Program and provide research management support to Prof Lisa Butler, Director of the Solid Tumour Theme at SAHMRI.

Dr Sundstrom has over ten years of scientific research experience having completed a PhD in plant molecular biology and postdoctoral research in the field of wine microbiology. Joanna's previous position (2017-2022) was Centre Manager for the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production at The University of Adelaide. She enjoyed combining her scientific background and research management skills to support the Centre’s Director, academic researchers and PhD students and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with the Centre’s stakeholders.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Research Support Officer, South Australian ImmunoGENomics Cancer Institute & SAHMRI University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2022 Centre Manager, Australian Research Council Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2020 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2008 Practical demonstrator, Get into Genes University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2008 Practical demonstrator, Genes & Inheritance II University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2007 Practical demonstrator, Genetics III University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2011 Recognition Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2006 - 2011 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2005 - 2005 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science Honours (Genetics)
    2002 - 2004 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Biotechnology
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2019 Essential Project Management Skills University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Communication Science 7020 University of Adelaide Australia
    2011 Floor Warden Training Chubb Fire & Security Australia
  • Research Interests

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Identification and Understanding of Saccharomyces and Oenococcus Interactions in Wine Fermentation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Louise Joyce Bartle
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Phenotypic Investigation of Biofilm Formation and Transcriptional Analysis of Invasive Growth of Commercial Wine Saccharomyces cerevisiae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ee Lin Tek
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Use of Directed Evolution to Generate Multiple-stress Tolerant Oenococcus oeni for Enhanced Malolactic Fermentation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jiao Jiang
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Defining and Exploiting the Indigenous Microflora of Grapes University of Adelaide PhD Doctorate Full Time Miss Natalia Soledad Caliani
    2018 - 2019 Other Profession Practice in Applied Biology Placement University of Adelaide Bachelor of Applied Biology Other Part Time Robyn Stevenson
    2018 - 2019 Co-Supervisor A Special Drop - Characterising Yeast from Traditional Indigenous Australian Fermentation University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Lucien Alperstein
    2017 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Characterisation and Identification of Yeasts Isolated from the Native Environment of Eucalyptus gunnii University of Adelaide Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology with Honours Honours Full Time Jemma McGilton
    2013 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Halved Gene Dosage: The Impact on Alcoholic Fermentation University of Adelaide Bachelor of Science with Honours Honours Full Time Ee Lin Tek
  • Position: Research Support Officer
  • Phone: 81284218
  • Email: joanna.sundstrom@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83137415
  • Campus: West End Health Precinct
  • Building: SAHMRI - South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Org Unit: South Australian Immunogenomics Cancer Institute

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