Susan Woods

Dr Susan Woods

Senior Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Susan L. Woods.
Susan is a biomedical scientist with three first author Nature publications to her credit. She trained with Nobel Laureate J. Michael Bishop (UCSF) and Prof Nick Hayward (QIMR-B). Her lab focuses on gut cancer: the subject of her NHMRC New Investigator funding and Beat Cancer SA Fellowship. She uses both patient samples and sophisticated preclinical models. Her research integrates state-of-the-art approaches to address clinical needs for worst prognosis bowel cancers.

Bowel cancer is a preventable disease, if early bowel cancers are detected they can be removed and >95% of patients are cured. Yet over 4000 Australians still die from this cancer each year. We need to do better to prevent, find and treat these cancers. Projects in the lab focus on finding the hidden, early cancers that are not found by current population bowel cancer screening tests. We combine recent technological advances to develop new tests to better detect these lesions and predict which will become killers. We will rapidly move our best candidates to existing clinical cohorts for evaluation, to expedite translation to the clinic.

Together with our Australian research and US-based corporate partners, we also assess personalised treatment regimes for advanced disease using patient samples grown in a dish. If this works, it will guide therapy choice for patients, reducing unwarranted side-effects and picking the treatment that will work most effectively for each patient.

Projects in the lab also investigate how the bacterial community in our gut is changed in cancer, and the role this plays in promoting this disease. This may lead to a probiotic supplement for high risk people to assist with bowel cancer detection or prevention in the future.

Bowel cancer is a preventable disease, if early bowel cancers are detected they can be removed and >95% of patients are cured. Yet over 4000 Australians still die from this cancer each year. We need to do better to prevent, find and treat these cancers. Projects in the lab focus on finding the hidden, early cancers that are not found by current population bowel cancer screening tests. We combine recent technological advances to develop new tests to better detect these lesions and predict which will become killers. We will rapidly move our best candidates to existing clinical cohorts for evaluation, to expedite translation to the clinic.

Together with our Australian research and US-based corporate partners, we also assess personalised treatment regimes for advanced disease using patient samples grown in a dish. If this works, it will guide therapy choice for patients, reducing unwarranted side-effects and picking the treatment that will work most effectively for each patient.

Projects in the lab also investigate how the bacterial community in our gut is changed in cancer, and the role this plays in promoting this disease. This may lead to a probiotic supplement for high risk people to assist with bowel cancer detection or prevention in the future.

 

Gut Cancer Group Student Projects

Title: Using patient derived organoids and genomics to guide personalised treatment for advanced bowel cancer

Project description: Together with our Australian research and US-based corporate partners, we also combine genomic analyses and patient organoid drug sensitivity assays to assess personalised treatment regimes for patients with advanced disease. We are using this to guide therapy choice for patients, reducing unwarranted side-effects and providing new treatment options for patients that have exhausted standard care options.

Projects available for: HDR
Location: SAHMRI
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2
Special requirements: Vaccination required

 

 

Title: Probiotic bacteria to detect and treat bowel cancer

Project description: This project focuses on probiotic bacteria that naturally seek out cancer to develop novel sensors of early disease and to deliver tumour specific, immune-activating payloads to treat a broad range of advanced bowel cancers.

Projects available for: HDR
Location: SAHMRI
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2
Special requirements: Vaccination required

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Senior Research Fellow SAHMRI
    2015 - 2018 Associate Research Fellow SAHMRI
    2015 Senior Research Fellow & Group Leader University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Award Poster of Merit Finalist Gastroenterological Society of Australia, GESA Australia
    2017 Award Faculty of Health Sciences Research Travel Award University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Award Tall Poppy Science Award (SA) Australian Institute of Policy & Science Australia
    2016 Award Faculty of Health Sciences Dependant Travel Award university of adelaide Australia
    2015 Award University of Adelaide Women’s Research Excellence award the university of Adelaide Australia
    2011 Award ASMR Best Senior Researcher Award (QLD) Australian Society for Medical Research (QLD) Australia
    1999 Award Adelaide National Research Scholarship the university of Adelaide Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    Postdoctoral Fellow University of California, San Francisco United States
    Research Fellow QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute Australia
  • Research Interests

Year(s)

Funding Body

Role

Amount

2019-23

NHMRC Project Grant APP1156391

Chief 

Investigator F

$1,399,877

2018-20

NHMRC New Investigator Project Grant APP1140236

Sole Chief Investigator

$593,854

2018-20

NHMRC Project Grant APP1143414

Chief

Investigator C

$724,876

2018-20

Cancer Australia Project Grant APP1145907

Assoc.Invest.

$597,557

2016-18

Cure Cancer Australia/Cancer Australia Priority-driven Young Investigator Project Grant

Sole Chief Investigator

$197,350

2017-18

GESA Research Collaboration Award

1 of 2 Chief

Investigators

$30,000   

2017

University of Adelaide FHMS Research Infrastructure Funding Awards

Chief

Investigator A

$16,770   

 

2011

Cure Cancer Australia/Cancer Australia Priority-driven Young Investigator Project Grant

Sole Chief Investigator

$90,000   

2011

QIMR-University-Collaborative Seed Funding Grant: Early Career Researcher

Sole Chief Investigator

$31,500   

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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Member AGITG Trainee Workshop Faculty Organising Committee Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member GESA Scientific Program Committee, Research Workshop Gastroenterological Society of Australia Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting Translational Research Sub-Committee Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Cure Cancer Australia Research Consultative Committee Cure Cancer Australia Australia
    2016 - ongoing Co-Chair SAHMRI E/MCR Working Group SAHMRI Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2018 - ongoing Member NHMRC Grant Review Panel Australia
  • Position: Senior Research Fellow
  • Phone: 81284386
  • Email: susan.woods@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace West
  • Building: SAHMRI - South, floor 5
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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