Read Amy's blog: Breast cancer - it’s in the genes, even if it’s not in the family

Amy holds an honours degree and a PhD in molecular biology from UQ. Her early postdoctoral work focused on understanding the genetic basis of colorectal cancer using experimental disease models, as part of a Cancer Research UK-funded colorectal cancer program led by Professors Ian Tomlinson and Andrew Silver. 

After returning to Australia in 2009, she was recruited to the Molecular Breast Pathology group, and has undertaken a series of studies investigating the genomic landscape of breast cancer special types. She is passionate about clinical research, biobanking and precision oncology, and in addition to her breast cancer research portfolio, she coordinates the Brisbane node of the BROCADE autopsy study and is on the steering committee for the Brisbane Breast Bank.

Research interests

Breast cancer is an incredibly diverse disease, encompassing many different types of tumours. While outcomes have improved for the majority of patients, there is much we can do to improve outcomes for those with poorer prognoses. Unfortunately, it remains difficult to predict the risk of the disease returning and/or spreading, and whether a patient will respond to a specific therapy. Genomic and genetic analyses will help to improve tumour characterisation, and identify predictive and prognostic biomarkers.

Researcher biography

Amy holds an honours degree and a PhD in molecular biology from UQ. Her early postdoctoral work focused on understanding the genetic basis of colorectal cancer using experimental disease models, as part of a Cancer Research UK-funded colorectal cancer program led by Professors Ian Tomlinson and Andrew Silver. After returning to Australia in 2009, she was recruited to the Molecular Breast Pathology group, and has undertaken a series of studies investigating the genomic landscape of breast cancer special types. She is passionate about clinical research, biobanking and precision oncology, and in addition to her breast cancer research portfolio, she coordinates the Brisbane node of the BROCADE autopsy study and is on the steering committee for the Brisbane Breast Bank .