Sharon Byers

Sharon Byers

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


I am Head of the Matrix Biology Unit, Genetics and Molecular Pathology, SA Pathology (WCH site). My overall area of research interest is the role of complex carbohydrates (glycosaminoglycans) in growth, development and disease. A major focus is the development and testing of novel therapies for the treatment of skeletal disease in the mucopolysaccharidoses, a group of genetic disorders arising from impaired glycosaminoglycan turnover.

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 Principal Supervisor The Effect of Glycosaminoglycans from Mucopolysaccharidosis on Neurogenesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Rebecca Jayne Lehmann
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Mechanisms of Growth Failure in Mucopolysaccharidosis VII Mice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Zhirui Jiang
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The Effects of Undergraded Glycosaminoglycans from Mucopolysaccharidoses on Osteoblast Differentiation and Mineralisation In Vitro Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Nathan Bradley Rout-Pitt
    2010 - 2015 Principal Supervisor ALPHA-L-IDURONIDASE TRANSDUCED MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS AS A THERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF CNS DEGENERATION IN MUCOPOLYSACCHARIDOSIS TYPE I MICE Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Matilda Jackson
    2008 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Development of neuropathology in murine MPS IIIA and MPS VII and the effect of N-butyldeoxynojirimycin treatment on MPS IIIA mice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Xenia Kaidonis
    2006 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Lentiviral-mediated Gene Therapy for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IIIA Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Chantelle McIntyre
    2005 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Structure and Function of the Elastic Fibre Network of the Human Lumbar Anulus Fibrosus Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Lachlan Smith
    2003 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Substrate Deprivation as a Novel Therapy for the Mucopolysaccharidoses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Ainslie Derrick Roberts
    2002 - 2005 Co-Supervisor Formation of Ovarian Follicular Fluid Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Hannah Clarke
    2001 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Characterisation of Recombinant Hyaluronidase-1 and -3, and of Hyaluronan turnover in Mineralising Osteoblasts Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Julian Adams
    1999 - 2004 Co-Supervisor The Effect of Recombinant Human Osteogenic Protein-1 on Growth Plate Repair in a Sheep Model Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Belinda Thomas
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor An in vitro model to study growth plate function. The University of Adelaide Honours Daniel Deverson
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Does GH or iGF1 promote bone growth in MPS VII mice ? The University of Adelaide Honours Niemal Usmani
    2016 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Development of human in vitro models of MPS IVA skeletal pathology. The University of Adelaide Honours Srimayee Viadanathan
    1998 - 2003 Principal Supervisor Characterisation of osteoblast function in a feline model of MPS VI. The University of Adelaide Higher Doctorate Krystyne Zarrinkalam
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member IBC Womens and Children's Health Network Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member SPDF funding committee SA Pathology Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member Radiation Safety Committee SA Pathology Australia

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