Professor Maher Gandhi

LFQ Chair in Blood Cancer Research

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
Faculty of Medicine
m.gandhi@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 38026

Overview

Maher Gandhi received his medical degree in the UK in 1989, and then trained as a haematologist, including a Fellowship in malignant haematology at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto. He was awarded a PhD in immunology at Cambridge University under Patrick Sissons. In 2003 he moved to Brisbane, working as a Senior Staff Specialist (Eminent Status) in the Haematology / Oncology Department of the Princess Alexandra Hospital. He leads his own laboratory group and has established an international reputation studying immunity and identification of novel biomarkers in lymphoma, with continuous NHMRC funding since 2005. He is Chair of Laboratory Sciences for the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group, won the prestigious Australian Society of Medical Research Clinical Research Award in 2010 and in 2012 took up the inaugural John McCaffrey Cancer Council of Queensland / Office of Health and Medical Research Clinical Research Fellowship. Between 2011-2014 he was privileged to serve as Chair of the Metro South Human Research Ethics Committee. In 2013 he was appointed Professor of Experimental Haematology, University of Queensland, based at the Translational Research Institute, in 2014 became the inaugural Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland Chair of Blood Cancer Research at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, and was appointed Diamantina Cancer Program Head in 2016.

Research Interests

  • Lymphoma
  • Immunotherapy
  • Biomarkers

Research Impacts

The research of the Blood Cancer Research Laboratory aims to understand the basis of lymphoma; to devise new treatments which are less toxic and more effective; to establish new biomarkers which will help determine the most effective treatment strategies and to monitor response and relapse and understand the development of lymphomas. The group has a strong emphasis on patient material, which it obtains from international and national clinical collaborators. Lymphomas studied include Hodgkin Lymphoma, PTLD, Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma, Follicular Lymphoma and virus associated lymphomas. We utilise a broad range of approaches including genomics, molecular and cellular biology techniques and functional immunoassays. Several of our studies are linked with the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group.

The Brisbane Girls Grammar School Kirsten Jack Memorial Fund is thanked for their kind support.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Aberdeen
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Publications

  • Keane, Colm, Vari, Frank, Hertzberg, Mark, Le Cao, Kim-Anh, Green, Michael R., Han, Erica, Seymour, John F., Hicks, Rodney J., Gill, Devinder, Crooks, Pauline, Gould, Clare, Jones, Kimberley, Griffiths, Lyn R., Talaulikar, Dipti, Jain, Sanjiv, Tobin, Josh and Gandhi, Maher K. (2015) Ratios of T-cell immune effectors and checkpoint molecules as prognostic biomarkers in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: a population-based study. Lancet Haematology, 2 10: e445-e455. doi:10.1016/S2352-3026(15)00150-7

  • Kurtz, David M., Green, Michael R., Bratman, Scott V., Scherer, Florian, Liu, Chih Long, Kunder, Christian A., Takahashi, Kazuhiro, Glover, Cynthia, Keane, Colm, Kihira, Shingo, Visser, Brendan, Callahan, Jason, Kong, Katherine A., Faham, Malek, Corbelli, Karen S., Miklos, David, Advani, Ranjana H., Levy, Ronald, Hicks, Rodney J., Hertzberg, Mark, Ohgami, Robert S., Gandhi, Maher K., Diehn, Maximilian and Alizadeh, Ash A. (2015) Noninvasive monitoring of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma by immunoglobulin high-throughput sequencing. Blood, 125 24: 3679-3687. doi:10.1182/blood-2015-03-635169

  • Jones, Kimberley, Nourse, Jamie P., Keane, Colm, Bhatnagar, Atul and Gandhi, Maher K. (2014) Plasma microRNA are disease response biomarkers in classical Hodgkin lymphoma. Clinical Cancer Research, 20 1: 253-264. doi:10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-13-1024

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Keane, Colm, Vari, Frank, Hertzberg, Mark, Le Cao, Kim-Anh, Green, Michael R., Han, Erica, Seymour, John F., Hicks, Rodney J., Gill, Devinder, Crooks, Pauline, Gould, Clare, Jones, Kimberley, Griffiths, Lyn R., Talaulikar, Dipti, Jain, Sanjiv, Tobin, Josh and Gandhi, Maher K. (2015) Ratios of T-cell immune effectors and checkpoint molecules as prognostic biomarkers in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: a population-based study. Lancet Haematology, 2 10: e445-e455. doi:10.1016/S2352-3026(15)00150-7

  • Kurtz, David M., Green, Michael R., Bratman, Scott V., Scherer, Florian, Liu, Chih Long, Kunder, Christian A., Takahashi, Kazuhiro, Glover, Cynthia, Keane, Colm, Kihira, Shingo, Visser, Brendan, Callahan, Jason, Kong, Katherine A., Faham, Malek, Corbelli, Karen S., Miklos, David, Advani, Ranjana H., Levy, Ronald, Hicks, Rodney J., Hertzberg, Mark, Ohgami, Robert S., Gandhi, Maher K., Diehn, Maximilian and Alizadeh, Ash A. (2015) Noninvasive monitoring of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma by immunoglobulin high-throughput sequencing. Blood, 125 24: 3679-3687. doi:10.1182/blood-2015-03-635169

  • Jones, Kimberley, Nourse, Jamie P., Keane, Colm, Bhatnagar, Atul and Gandhi, Maher K. (2014) Plasma microRNA are disease response biomarkers in classical Hodgkin lymphoma. Clinical Cancer Research, 20 1: 253-264. doi:10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-13-1024

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision