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Charlotte Downes


Phone: 08 81284344





Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

Honours of Bachelor of Science (First Class in Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Research Focus

My research investigates high-risk subtypes of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), an aggressive blood cancer caused by the unregulated proliferation of white blood cells. Patients with fusion genes have been identified using whole genome sequencing and have been found to have an extremely poor prognosis. These fusion genes may be targetable by currently available tyrosine kinase inhibitors. My research aims to characterise a selectionof these fusion genes and elucidatemechanisms of resistance that may occur with treatment. I have characterised and generated resistance in an ALL cell line and am currently investigating their mechanisms of resistance. This work has the potential to inform combinational therapeutic strategies and guide future drug design to overcome or avert resistance in this high-risk patient cohort.


SAHMRI Summer Vacation Scholarship, 2016 and 2017

Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, 2015 and 2016

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