Khatora Opperman

Khatora Opperman

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Sciences) Candidate currently working within the Multiple Myeloma Research Laboratory at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Investigating the role of bone marrow resident macrophages in the progression of the hematological malignancy multiple myeloma.

Ms Khatora Opperman is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide, working within Professor Andrew Zannettino’s Myeloma Research Laboratory at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). In 2015, Khatora graduated with an Advanced Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Adelaide, finishing within the top 10% of all students. Throughout this time Khatora became very interested in the molecular mechanisms that underpin cancer cell biology. Khatora subsequently joined the Myeloma Research Laboratory where she received a first-class honours degree for a thesis examining the cellular composition of the myeloma niche.  Khatora commenced her PhD candidature in 2017 and has made significant strides in her research studies investigating the role of the bone marrow microenvironment in multiple myeloma pathogenesis. 

To date, Khatora’s research has led to an exciting and novel discovery revealing a critical role for bone marrow macrophages in the early stages of myeloma development, unveiling potential therapeutic avenues. This work has been published in the journal, Neoplasia. Khatora has also received numerous prestigious awards and scholarships for her work and has been selected to present her work at over 10 national and international conferences.

Currently, Khatora is performing in depth macrophage subtype analysis within human myeloma patient samples to determine the clinical translation of her work. In addition, to her own research studies Khatora has fostered productive collaborations with leaders in the field within SAHMRI and at the Garvan Institute. During her candidature, Khatora has designed several multi-colour flow cytometric panels, established a new animal model in the laboratory and has co-supervised an Honours student who finished with first-class. Khatora has served on several local and State committees, including Deputy convenor of the Australian Society for Medical Research Committee. Besides her research, Khatora is enthusiastic about education, demonstrating, tutoring and lecturing for several undergraduate courses at the University of Adelaide and Uni SA. As a passionate and highly motivated medical researcher, Khatora’s goal is to develop new therapeutic strategies to palpably improve the quality-of-life and survivorship of individuals with myeloma and other cancers.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 - 2019 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2018 - 2019 Tutor University of South Australia
    2017 Tutor and Demonstrator University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2017 Research Assistant SAHMRI
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Scholarship Cancer Council SA Beat Cancer Project Travel Grant Cancer Council SA Australia
    2019 Scholarship Graduate Women SA Centenary Scholarship The Australian Federation for University Women South Australia Australia
    2019 Scholarship Adelaide Medical School Research Travel Award University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Scholarship ESH International Scholarship Fund European School of Haematology United Kingdom
    2018 Award Executive Dean to the Faculty of Health and Medical Research Prize University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 Award Florey Medical Research Foundation Prize University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 Award Laurence Catley Memorial Award Myeloma Australia Australia
    2017 Scholarship Jemima Lendrum Honours Grant for Cancer Research University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 Invitation European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Australia PhD Course European Molecular Biology Laboratory Australia
    2016 Scholarship Cancer Research Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Achievement Outstanding Academic Achievement Award University of Adelaide Australia
    2013 Scholarship Wyndham Richardson Trust Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    2016 - 2016 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Science (First Class Honours)
    2013 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Advanced), Majors in Biochemistry and Genetics
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2017 PhD Candidate University of Adelaide Australia

Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend

Lecturer, University of Adelaide, Mar 2019 - Jul 2019

Tutor, University of Adelaide, Mar 2017 - present

Demonstrator, University of Adelaide, Mar 2017 - Jul 2018

 

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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Investigating a role for the chemokine receptor, CX3CR1, in multiple myeloma disease development University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Miss Elizabeth Coulter
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Secretary Australian Society of Medical Research South Australia State Committee Australian Society of Medical Research Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium European Molecular Biology Laboratory Australia
    2017 - 2018 President SAHMRI Student Association SAHMRI Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2017 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)
    2014 - ongoing Golden Key International Honours Society
  • Community Engagement

    Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Multiple Myeloma Patient Tour Public Community Engagement Myeloma Foundation Australia
    2019 - ongoing Biggest Morning Tea Scientific Community Engagement Cancer Council SA
    2018 - ongoing SAHMRI Student Open Night Scientific Community Engagement South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
    2017 - ongoing SAHMRI Building Tour Public Community Engagement South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

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