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Dr Liu Lu


Phone: 08 812 84319



PhD (Medicine), The University of Adelaide

Bachelor of Health Science (Hons), The University of Adelaide

Research Focus

Currently approved tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs; imatinib, nilotinib and dasatinib) are the main course of treatment for chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML). However, diverse TKI resistance mechanisms cause a proportion of patients to fail therapy. Identified resistance mechanisms in CML patients include Bcr-Abl kinase domain mutations, increasedBCR-ABL1 expression, and increased drug-efflux or decreased drug-influx. Ponatinib, a novel third generation TKI, has recently been demonstrated to successfully overcome mutation-based, especially T315I-based, resistance in a cellular screen. Dr Lu's study focuses on investigating the cellular transport of ponatinib, which may mediate the development of ponatinib resistance, and identifying other potential ponatinib resistance mechanisms by generating and characterising ponatinib resistant CML cell lines. Dr Liu Lu's study also aims to determine the efficacy of ponatinib in different mutation settings, and therefore facilitates future TKI design.


2016 Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

2016 Beat Cancer Project Travel Grant

2015 Runner Up Prize For SAHMRI PhD Presentation

2012 Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarship to support the PhD

2011 Admittance to the Golden Key International Honour’s Society (did not accept)

2010 Faculty of Science Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

2009 School of Molecular & Biomedical Science Summer Research Scholarship


Jueqiong Wang, Liu Lu, Chung H Kok, Verity A Saunders, Jarrad M Goyne, Phuong Dang, Tamara M Leclercq, Timothy P Hughes, and Deborah L White. 2017. Increased peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma activity reduces imatinib uptake and efficacy in chronic myeloid leukemia mononuclear cells. Haematologica May;102(5):843-853(I.F: 5.814)

Lu L, Saunders VA, Leclercq TM, Hughes TP, White DL. 2015. Ponatinib is not transported by ABCB1, ABCG2 or OCT-1 in CML cells. Leukemia. Aug;29(8):1792-4.(I.F: 12.104)

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