Dr Jill Larsen

Honorary Fellow

Prince Charles Hospital Northside Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


Jill is a Senior Research Officer at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute within the Oncogenomics Laboratory headed by Professor Nicholas Hayward, with an Honorary Fellow appointment with the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland.

Jill has been specialising in lung cancer research since 2000, training with two lung cancer experts: a PhD with Professor Kwun Fong at the University of Queensland Thoracic Research Centre, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Australia (2004-2007) and a postdoctorate with Professor John D. Minna at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), Dallas, USA (2008-2012).

Jill is highly experienced in molecular biology, cell biology, genomics and bioinformatics. For her PhD, Jill performed whole-genome mRNA expression profiling of primary lung tumours to identify expression profiles that can predict the likelihood of tumour recurrence in patients. In recognition of her work she was awarded Cure Cancer Australia's National Young Student Researcher of the Year (2007). With the award of an NHMRC CJ Martin Early Career Fellowship and a Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) Allen and Hanburys Respiratory Research Fellowship, Jill performed her postdoctoral research at UTSW (USA) where she helped develop a unique in vitro cell culture-based model of human bronchial epithelial cells (HBECs) to study lung cancer pathogenesis. Since returning to Australia early 2013, her current research (funded by a Cancer Australia and Cure Cancer Australia PdCCRS Young Investigator Grant) investigates two critical stages of lung cancer pathogenesis: early-stage transformation of lung epithelial cells to malignancy and the metastatic progression of lung tumour cells. The ultimate goal of her research is to identify molecular targets to inhibit the development and progression of lung cancer.

Research Interests

  • Lung cancer development and metastatic progression
  • ZEB1 and epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) in lung cancer
  • In vitro modelling of lung cancer progression using Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells (HBECs)
  • Identification of somatic mutations in lung cancer development


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Larsen, Jill E. and Fong, Kwun M. (2017). Biological Basis of Non-Small Cell Lung Neoplasms. In Robert Brian Cameron, Olga Olevsky and Diana Gage (Ed.), Modern Thoracic Oncology (pp. 33-59) Singapore: World Scientific Publishing. doi:10.1142/9789813236325_0007

  • Fong, Kwum M., Larsen, Jill E., Wright, Casey M., Sriram, Krishna, Davidson, Morgan, Daniels, Marissa, Sekido, Yoshitaka, Bowman, Rayleen V., Yang, Ian A. and Minna, John D. (2017). Molecular basis of lung carcinogenesis. In William B. Coleman and Gregory J. Tsongalis (Ed.), The molecular basis of human cancer 2nd ed. (pp. 447-496) Totowa, NJ, United States: Humana Press. doi:10.1007/978-1-59745-458-2_28

  • Spoerri, Loredana, Oo, Zay Yar, Larsen, Jill E., Haass, Nikolas K., Gabrielli, Brian and Pavey, Sandra (2015). Cell cycle checkpoint and DNA damage response defects as anticancer targets: from molecular mechanisms to therapeutic opportunities.. In Georg T. Wondrak (Ed.), Stress response pathways in cancer: from molecular targets to novel therapeutics (pp. 29-49) Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-9421-3_3

  • Larsen, J. E., Govindan, R. and Minna, J. D. (2015). Molecular Pathogenesis and Therapeutic Targets for Specific Cancers: Molecular Basis of Lung Cancer. In The Molecular Basis of Cancer 4th ed. (pp. 475-490) Philadelphia, PA, United States: Academic Press (Elsevier Press).

  • Larsen, J. E. and Minna, J. D. (2013). Molecular pathology: Carcinomas: Lung cancer. In Molecular Oncology: Causes of Cancer and Targets for Treatment (pp. 506-525) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

  • Larsen, J. E., Spinola, M., Gazdar, A. F. and Minna, J. D. (2012). An overview of the molecular biology of lung cancer. In Harvey I. Pass, David P. Carbone, John D. Minna, David H. Johnson, Giorgio V. Scagliotti and Andrew T. Turrisi III (Ed.), Principles and Practice of Lung Cancer: The Official Reference Text of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 4th ed. (pp. 57-74) Philadelphia, PA, United States: Wolters Kluwer Health Adis (ESP).

  • Gazdar, Adi F., Larsen, Jill E. and Minna, John D. (2011). Molecular biology of lung cancer for the clinician. In Giuseppe Giaccone (Ed.), Systemic treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (pp. 1-13) Oxford: Oxford Journals, Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/med/9780199580484.001.0001

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Goh, Felicia, Duhig, Edwina, Clarke, Belinda, Dettrick, Andrew, Godbolt, David, Tran, Kayla, Franz, Louise, Barr, Jeremy, Parsonson, Kylie, Martins, Maria, Davidson, Morgan, Wright, Casey, De laat, John, Shaw, Janet, Martin, Jennifer, Parris, Brielle, Shaw, Eloise, De Souza, Laura, Tjahjadi, Jane, Daniels, Marissa, Larsen, Jill E., Semmler, Annalese, Stockwell, Rachel, Savarimuthu, Santiyagu, Relan, Vandana, Sriram, Krishna, Campbell, Jennifer, Kim, Samuel, Tan, Maxine, Morrison, Leanne, Chee, Kelly, Impey, Emily, Vaughan, Annalicia, Rahman, Sasha A., Chang, Nick, Windsor, Morgan, Naidoo, Rishendran, Matar, Kevin, Tam, Robert, Cole, Peter, Yang, Ian A., Bowman, Rayleen and Fong, Kwun (2013). Heterogeneity in tumour content and necrosis in primary lung cancers: Implications for molecular analysis. In: 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer, Sydney, Australia, (S1038-S1039). October 27-30, 2013. doi:10.1097/01.JTO.0000438438.14562.c8

  • Sriram, K. B., Larsen, J. E., Francis, S. M. S., Wright, C. M., Mattar, K., Windsor, M., Clarke, B. E., Duhig, E. E., Hayward, N. K., Bowman, R. V., Yang, I. A. and Fong, K. M. (2011). Array-comparative genomic hybridization identifies novel copy number alterations in recurrent squamous cell lung cancer. In: Supplement to Journal of Thoracic Oncology: 3rd Australian Lung Cancer Conference (ALCC). 3rd Australian Lung Cancer Conference (ALCC), Melbourne VIC, Australia, (S34-S34). 6-8 October 2011.

  • Martins, M. U., Quinn, K. R., Savarimuthu Francis, S. M., Wright, C. M., Tan, M. E., Passmore, L. H., McCaul, E., Relan, V., Sriram, K. B., Davidson, M. R., De Laat, J. A., Parris, B. A., Campbell, J., Shaw, E. F., Tjahjadi, J., Hunter, S. C., Larsen, J. E., Clarke, B. E., Duhig, E. E., Zimmerman, P. V., Yang, I. A., Bowman, R. V. and Fong, K. M. (2010). Banking of tissues and body fluids for translational lung research. In: Respirology. Special Issue: The Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand and the Australian & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science 2010 Annual Scientific Meetings. The Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ) Annual Scientific Meeting 2010, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (A69-A69). 19-24 March, 2010. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1843.2010.01736.x

  • Wright CM, Larsen JE, Tan ME, Martins MU, Bowman RV and Fong KM (2006). Genetic alterations in asbestos-related lung cancer. In: Proceedings of the Australian Health and Medical Research Congress 2006. Australian Health and Medical Research Congress 2006, Melbourne Convention Centre Melbourne Australia, (). 26th November - 1st December.

  • Larsen, J., Pavey, S., Passmore, L., Bowman, R., Hayward, N., Zimmerman, P. and Fong, K. (2005). Expression profiling of metastatic recurrence in primary bronchogenic squamous cell. In: Lung Cancer. Abstract of the 11th World Conference on Lung Cancer. 11th World Conference on Lung Cancer 2005, Barcelona, Spain, (S133-S133). 3-6 July 2005. doi:10.1016/S0169-5002(05)80568-9

  • Larsen, J., Pavey, S., Passmore, L., Bowman, R., Hayward, N., Zimmerman, P. and Fong, K. (2005). Expression profiling of metastatic recurrence in primary bronchogenic squamous cell carcinomas. In: Lung Cancer. 11th World Conference on Lung Cancer, Barcelona, Spain, (S133-S133). 03-06 July 2005. doi:10.1016/S0169-5002(05)80568-9

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