Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat

Associate Professor

School of Pharmacy
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Associate Professor

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 334 61851


Marie-Odile Parat joined the School of Pharmacy as Senior Lecturer in December 2007.

Dr Parat obtained her Pharm.D. from University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France, a Masters in Cutaneous Biology from University Claude Bernard in Lyon, France and her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France. She further has post graduate diplomas in the fields of Biomedical and Industrial Pharmacy, Photobiology, Pharmaceutical Management, and Public Health.

Dr Parat did her Pharmaceutical Residency at the University Hospitals of Grenoble, France in the Sterile Pharmaceutical Supplies Headquarters, the Department of Nuclear Medicine, and the Laboratory Medicine Department of Biochemistry. Attracted by international working experience, she carried out research within the R&D laboratories of Estee Lauder in Melville, NY. She further worked for the United Nations International Trade center in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was the Product Specialist on market information for pharmaceutical raw materials/essential drugs for three years in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

She later performed post-doctoral research in the Universidade de São Paulo, SP, Brasil and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the United States. Dr Parat was appointed as a Staff Scientist in the Center for Anesthesiology Research of the Cleveland Clinic in 2003, an Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, and a Member of the Case Cancer Center.

During her research career Dr Parat has attracted awards totaling more than a million USD from various funding agencies including the Research Funding Agency of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP), the American Heart Association, the Ohio Cancer Research Associates and the American Cancer Society. The long term goal of the Parat laboratory is to provide insight for novel cancer therapies. A basic science team focusses on endothelial and cancer cell migration, invasion, angiogenesis, and specialized plasma membrane subdomains termed caveolae. A translational axis of research evaluates novel mechanisms by which opioids administered to cancer patients modulate the risk of long term tumour recurrence and metastasis.

Research Interests

  • Morphine and metastasis
  • Caveola-forming proteins and cancer
  • Caveolin and caveolae in cell migration, angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis
  • Caveolae and cellular entry of drug delivery systems
  • Plant bioactive discovery


  • Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Grenoble
  • Doctor of Biology, University Joseph Fourier


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2018) Doctor Philosophy

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  • Morphine and metastasis. Edited by Marie-Odile Parat Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2013. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-5678-6

Book Chapter

  • Nassar, Zeyad D. and Parat, Marie-Odile (2015). Cavin family: new players in the biology of caveolae. In Kwang W. Jeon (Ed.), International review of cell and molecular biology (pp. 235-306) Maryland Heights, MO, United States: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/bs.ircmb.2015.07.009

  • Buggy, Donal, Shannon, Hilary and Parat, Marie-Odile (2013). Could opioids affect cancer recurrence or metastases? Current experimental and translational evidence. In Marie-Odile Parat (Ed.), Morphine and metastasis (pp. 79-94) Dordrecht , Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-5678-6_6

  • Parat, Marie-Odile (2013). Morphine and metastasis: from bench to bedside. In Marie-Odile Para (Ed.), Morphine and metastasis (pp. 1-13) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-5678-6_1

  • Parat, Marie-Odile (2009). The biology of caveolae: Achievements and perspectives. In Kwang W. Jeon (Ed.), International review of cell and molecular biology (pp. 117-162) Maryland Heights, MO, United States: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/S1937-6448(08)01804-2

  • Parat, Marie-Odile and Fox, Paul L. (2004). Oxidative Stress, Caveolae and Caveolin-1. In Peter. J. Quinn (Ed.), Membrane dynamics and domains (pp. 425-441) New York: Springer.

  • Parat, Marie-Odile and Fox, Paul L (2004). Oxidative stress, caveolae and caveolin-1. In Quinn, Peter J. (Ed.), Membrane Dynamics and Domains (pp. 425-441) Boston. MA, United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4757-5806-1_13

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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