Tina Bianco-Miotto

Dr Tina Bianco-Miotto

Senior Lecturer

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

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


I was appointed a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide in 2013, previous to which I held the W Bruce Hall Cancer Council SA Research Fellowship (2009-2012) and a NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship (2005-2009). My undergraduate and postgraduate studies have been undertaken at the University of Adelaide, with my PhD awarded in 2002. I have been a University of Adelaide Staff member since 2003. Since 2017 I have been appointed as a Senior Lecturer.

I am currently the Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Applied Biology and I coordinate the courses: Principles & Practice of Science for App Biology I and Research Skills for Applied Biology II. I am also involved in teaching Foundations of Applied Biology and Nutrition III within the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science.

My research focus is on epigenetics and I have worked extensively with epigenetic mechanisms and methodologies and contributed to the understanding of the role of DNA methylation in leukaemia, colon, breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. More recently, I have focused on how environmental factors, such as diet, may perturb epigenetic modifications which may result in an increased susceptibility to diseases later in life. The focus of current research is to investigate how early life exposure to a high fat diet can impact disease risk later in life, investigations into the role of micronutrients and epigenetics in placental development and pregnancy, and finally the use of DNA methylation as biomarkers for predicting disease.

Dr Bianco-Miotto was appointed a lecturer within the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine in March 2013 and is a member of the Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide. Previous to this, Dr Bianco-Miotto was the W Bruce Hall Cancer Council SA Research Fellow (2009-2012) and a NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow (2005-2009). Dr Bianco-Miotto was a Director of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) (Nov 2012- Nov 2014) and Convenor of the 2014 Australian Health and Medical Research Congress. As of June 2015 she is the Chairperson and Co-founder of the Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia (EpiCSA) Incorporated. Dr Bianco-Miotto has worked extensively with epigenetic mechanisms and methodologies and has contributed to the understanding of the role of DNA methylation in several different cancers. More recently, she has focused on how environmental factors, such as diet, may perturb epigenetic modifications which may result in an increased susceptibility to diseases later in life.  Dr Bianco-Miotto has utilised numerous models in her research from rodent models including transgenic models, to human cells, tissue explants and clinical specimens. Dr Bianco-Miotto is currently working on identifying DNA methylation biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, as well as for predicting pregnancy complications. Her expertise in genetics, epigenetics and molecular biology have been applied to reserach projects ranging from pregnancy to cancer. Her focus is on environmental perturbations and how they contribute to future disease risk.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Senior Lecturer (Level C) University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2016 Lecturer (Level B) University of Adelaide
    2009 - 2013 Cancer Council SA, W Bruce Hall Cancer Research Fellow (Level B) University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2009 NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow (Level B) University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2006 NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow (Level A) University of Adelaide
    2003 - 2004 Postdoctoral Fellow (Level A) University of Adelaide
    2002 - 2003 Research Officer Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1998 - 2002 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1997 - 1997 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hons)
    1993 - 1996 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science
  • Research Interests

  • 2018: $25,000, Robinson Research Institute Innovation Seed Funding Program, Placental cell specific transcriptome and epigenome across gestation. CIs: Bianco-Miotto T, Lister R, Roberts CT.  
  • 2016-2020: $1,333,000, R01 HD089685-01 NIH NICHD, Maternal molecular profiles reflect placental function and development across gestation. CI: Roberts CT, Co-Investigators: Dekker G, Bianco-Miotto T, Smith AK, Breen J.
  • 2016: $25,000, Robinson Research Institute Engaging Opportunities Program, The conception of a preconception resource-#rightmessage #rightaudience #righttime #conceptionhealthmatters. CIs: Brown H, Breen J, Rumbold A, Hodyl N, Fullston T, Schjenken J, Diener K, Sharkey D, Donnelley M, Bianco-Miotto T, Penno M.
  • 2016: Robinson Research Institute Travel Grant to attend the ANZPRA Satellite Meeting (20-21 August, Gold Coast) and the ESA/SRB/ANZBMS Joint meeting 2016 (21-24 August, Gold Coast).
  • 2014-2016: $534,022, NHMRC Project Grant (APP1059120), Fetal sex: an important determinant of the placental transcriptome. CIs: Roberts C, Clifton V, Shoubridge C, Bianco-Miotto T, Bent S.
  • 2015: $22,700, Robinson Research Institute Innovation Seed Funding Program, Determining the relative importance of intrauterine and childhood nutritional exposures on telomere length in children. CIs: Grieger G, Roberts CT, Gatford KL, Bianco-Miotto T.
  • 2015: Robinson Research Institute Travel Grant to attend the International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA 2015) meeting in Brisbane, Australia, 8-11th September.
  • 2015: $23,500, Waite Research Institute Research Capacity Development Funding, Obesity and Prostate Cancer Risk. CIs: Bianco-Miotto T, Kind K, Rodriguez Lopez C, Breen J, Roberts C, Buckberry S.
  • 2014: $25,000, Robinson Research Institute Innovation Seed Funding Program, Identifying molecular pathways in the placenta that are implicated in the link between preeclampsia and later life coronary artery disease. CIs: Andraweera P, Brown H, Bianco-Miotto T, Bent S.
  • 2013: $70,000, Waite Research Institute High Impact Publications Project, How nutrients regulate the microbiome-genome interactions in the maturing GI tract of preterm infants. Investigators: Muhlhausler B, Penttila I, Bianco-Miotto T, Bent S, Gibson R, McPhee A, Collins C, Zhou J, Makrides M.
  • 2012: $87,500, Cancer Council of South Australia/SAHMRI Beat Cancer Project Grant (APP1030945), An early obesogenic environment and prostate cancer. CIs: Bianco-Miotto T, Owens JA, Tilley WD, Kind KL.

Jan 2018 - current: Program Coorindator, Bachelor of Applied Biology

July 2015 Dec 2016: Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science

2013- 2017: Course Coordinator and Lecturer: Nutrition III (FOOD SC 3502WT)

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018: Course Coordinator: Principles & Practice of Science for App Biology I (SCIENCE 1101WT)

2016, 2017, 2018: Course Coordinator: Research Skills for Applied Biology II (APP BIOL 2500WT)

2018: Lecturer: Foundations of Applied Biology I (APP BIOL 1510WT)

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Investigation of miRNA Expression in Placenta and Maternal Plasma in Response to Pregnancy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Melanie Denise Smith
    2018 Co-Supervisor Analysis of Variable Plantago Mucilage Types Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr James Morgan Cowley
    2018 Co-Supervisor Plantago gene expression and regulation associated with seed shattering Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Amanda Grace Philpot
    2018 Co-Supervisor Characterisation of the Placental Transcriptome to Identify Molecular Signals of Pregnancy Complications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Konstantinos Justinian Bogias
    2018 Co-Supervisor Investigating the Natural Variation in Root Morphology, Root Exudation and Abiotic Stress Resistance among Species of the Plantago Genus Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Melanie Nicole Ford
    2018 Co-Supervisor Analysis of Seed Development in Plantago Species Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Lina Herliana
    2017 Co-Supervisor Epigenome and transcriptome profiling of the placenta throughout gestation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Qianhui Wan
    2017 Principal Supervisor The effect of micronutrients in oxidative stress, proliferation and apoptosis in placenta Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nahal Habibi
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Omic Characterisation of Placental Development and Phenotype Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Benjamin Thomas Mayne
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The Influence of Micronutrients on Placental Development and Pregnancy Outcome Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Rebecca Louise Wilson
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Hypoxia Induced HIF-1/HIF-2 Activity alters Trophoblast Transcriptional Regulation across Gestation Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Mrs Sultana Mahabbat-e Khoda
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The Effect of Vitamin D on Placental Development and Pregnancy Success Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jessica Phillips
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor An Integrative Analysis of the Human Placental Transcriptome Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sam Buckberry
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the Early Origins of Metabolic Syndrome Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jing Zhou
    2010 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The Role of Estrogen Receptor and the Androgen Receptor in Human Breast Cancer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Shalini Jindal
    2006 - 2010 Principal Supervisor The Role of Epigenetic Modifications in Prostate Tumourigenesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Karen Huiqin Chiam
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Chair Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia (EpiCSA) Inc Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member Nutrition Society of Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Placental Research Association (ANZPRA)
    2012 - 2014 Director Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)
    2011 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA)
    2009 - ongoing Member Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB)
    2009 - ongoing Member Australian Epigenetic Alliance (AEpiA)
    2006 - ongoing Member Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA)
    2005 - ongoing Member American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) United States
    2005 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83130775
  • Email: tina.bianco@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Plant Research Centre, floor 1
  • Room: 1 85
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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