Dr Jodi Saunus

Honorary Senior Res Fellow

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

Dr Jodi Saunus is a senior fellow who specialises in translational research on metastatic breast cancer. Based at Brisbane’s Translational Research Institute, she was recruited by Mater Research in 2022 to help facilitate patient-focused research at the interface of biomedical R&D and clinical practice.

Dr Saunus has an honours degree in biochemistry and biomedical science, a PhD in breast cancer molecular genetics, and broad post-doctoral experience in immunology, molecular cell biology, pathology informatics, and early-phase investigator-initiated clinical trials. Her current portfolio focuses finding new ways to improve the clinical management of aggressive breast cancer, with a focus on triple-negative breast cancer, and the prevention and treatment of brain metastases. This work spans across multiple disciplines and capabilities, and broadly involves:

  • Molecular profiling of patient-donated blood and tumour tissue samples to identify features that can predict treatment response, or represent previously uncharacterised therapeutic targets.
  • Using experimental models of breast cancer metastasis to learn about the molecular mechanisms exploited by cancer cells to survive and grow in brain tissue.
  • Developing innovative treatment strategies that work differently to conventional cancer drugs, including alpha-particle endoradiotherapy and in-situ vaccination.

With an outstanding network of collaborators from academia and clinical practice, she has secured more than $6M to fund this work and has a track record of publishing in prominent biomedical research journals (e.g., Cancer Research, Nature, Science Translational Medicine, Nature Communications and The Journal of Pathology).

Peripherally, Jodi is a strong proponent of biospecimen banking, and clinician and consumer engagement in translational research.

Research Interests

  • Biomarkers of triple-negative breast cancer progression and response to therapy
    Using published datasets, and tissue donated by Brisbane breast cancer patients, we're trying to identify new biomarkers of prognosis and treatment response in breast cancer.
  • Understanding how the triple-negative breast cancer transcriptome is rewired during tumour progression
    We apply mathematical approaches to analyse transcriptional networks in TNBC, illuminating how cell biology evolves during tumour development and post-treatment relapse.
  • Understanding the brain metastasis immune microenvironment
    In collaboration with immuno-oncology experts at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, we are studying the expression of common tumour antigens to develop strategies for vaccination against cancer.
  • Therapeutic antibody uptake in brain metastases
    Brain metastases are broadly refractory to existing systemic therapies. We believe that abnormal vascular function and interstitial fluid dynamics in these tumours may contribute more than previously appreciated. We aim to engineer molecular-targeted carriers that improve the effectiveness and reduce the side-effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Saunus, Jodi M., De Luca, Xavier M., Northwood, Korinne, Raghavendra, Ashwini, Hasson, Alexander, McCart Reed, Amy E., Lim, Malcolm, Lal, Samir, Vargas, A. Cristina, Kutasovic, Jamie R., Dalley, Andrew J., Miranda, Mariska, Kalaw, Emarene, Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Gresshoff, Irma, Al-Ejeh, Fares, Gee, Julia M. W., Ormandy, Chris, Khanna, Kum Kum, Beesley, Jonathan, Chenevix-Trench, Georgia, Green, Andrew R., Rakha, Emad A., Ellis, Ian O., Nicolau, Dan V., Simpson, Peter T. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2022). Epigenome erosion and SOX10 drive neural crest phenotypic mimicry in triple-negative breast cancer. npj Breast Cancer, 8 (1) 57, 57. doi: 10.1038/s41523-022-00425-x

  • Shewell, Lucy K., Day, Christopher J., Kutasovic, Jamie R., Abrahams, Jodie L., Wang, Jing, Poole, Jessica, Niland, Colleen, Ferguson, Kaltin, Saunus, Jodi M., Lakhani, Sunil R., von Itzstein, Mark, Paton, James C., Paton, Adrienne W. and Jennings, Michael P. (2022). N-glycolylneuraminic acid serum biomarker levels are elevated in breast cancer patients at all stages of disease. BMC Cancer, 22 (1) 334, 334. doi: 10.1186/s12885-022-09428-0

  • Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Joshi, Vaibhavi, Saunus, Jodi M. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2022). Emerging biomarkers for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of brain metastases—from biology to clinical utility. Diseases, 10 (1), 11. doi: 10.3390/diseases10010011

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Available Projects

  • Most of the time, treatments for early breast cancer successfully prevent metastatic spread, but 10% of Australian patients still develop lethal recurrences within 5 years. Rather than waiting to see which patients develop symptoms of a possible relapse (e.g., headaches, respiratory symptoms), we are getting better at detecting metastasis early. Patients deemed to be at ‘high risk’ are offered regular PET or MRI scans, allowing earlier intervention and better quality-of-life. PET imaging of radioactive tracers is more specific than MRI, but the standard tracer used in oncology – [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) – is not useful for imaging the brain. We are seeking a student to help us develop agents that seek out tumour cells more specifically than FDG and can also be engineered to function as therapeutics. The project is flexible depending on the successful candidate’s expertise and interest (e.g., in vivo models of metastatic breast cancer, protein chemistry and/or molecular biology).

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Kalinowski, Lauren, Saunus, Jodi M., McCart Reed, Amy E. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2019). Breast cancer heterogeneity in primary and metastatic disease. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. (pp. 75-104) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-20301-6_6

  • Saunus, Jodi M., McCart-Reed, Amy, Momeny, Majid, Cummings, Margaret and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2013). Breast cancer heterogeneity in primary and metastatic disease. Breast Cancer Metastasis and Drug Resistance: Challenges and Progress. (pp. 65-95) edited by Aamir Ahmad. New York, NY, USA: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-5647-6

Journal Article

  • Saunus, Jodi M., De Luca, Xavier M., Northwood, Korinne, Raghavendra, Ashwini, Hasson, Alexander, McCart Reed, Amy E., Lim, Malcolm, Lal, Samir, Vargas, A. Cristina, Kutasovic, Jamie R., Dalley, Andrew J., Miranda, Mariska, Kalaw, Emarene, Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Gresshoff, Irma, Al-Ejeh, Fares, Gee, Julia M. W., Ormandy, Chris, Khanna, Kum Kum, Beesley, Jonathan, Chenevix-Trench, Georgia, Green, Andrew R., Rakha, Emad A., Ellis, Ian O., Nicolau, Dan V., Simpson, Peter T. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2022). Epigenome erosion and SOX10 drive neural crest phenotypic mimicry in triple-negative breast cancer. npj Breast Cancer, 8 (1) 57, 57. doi: 10.1038/s41523-022-00425-x

  • Shewell, Lucy K., Day, Christopher J., Kutasovic, Jamie R., Abrahams, Jodie L., Wang, Jing, Poole, Jessica, Niland, Colleen, Ferguson, Kaltin, Saunus, Jodi M., Lakhani, Sunil R., von Itzstein, Mark, Paton, James C., Paton, Adrienne W. and Jennings, Michael P. (2022). N-glycolylneuraminic acid serum biomarker levels are elevated in breast cancer patients at all stages of disease. BMC Cancer, 22 (1) 334, 334. doi: 10.1186/s12885-022-09428-0

  • Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Joshi, Vaibhavi, Saunus, Jodi M. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2022). Emerging biomarkers for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of brain metastases—from biology to clinical utility. Diseases, 10 (1), 11. doi: 10.3390/diseases10010011

  • Lim, Malcolm, Nguyen, Tam H., Niland, Colleen, Reid, Lynne E., Jat, Parmjit S., Saunus, Jodi M. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2022). Landscape of epidermal growth factor receptor heterodimers in brain metastases. Cancers, 14 (3), 533. doi: 10.3390/cancers14030533

  • Rabbie, Roy, Ferguson, Peter, Wong, Kim, Couturier, Dominique-Laurent, Moran, Una, Turner, Clinton, Emanuel, Patrick, Haas, Kerstin, Saunus, Jodi M., Davidson, Morgan R., Lakhani, Sunil R., Shivalingam, Brindha, Long, Georgina, Parkinson, Christine, Osman, Iman, Scolyer, Richard A., Corrie, Pippa and Adams, David J. (2021). The mutational landscape of melanoma brain metastases presenting as the first visceral site of recurrence. British Journal of Cancer, 124 (1), 156-160. doi: 10.1038/s41416-020-01090-2

  • Park, Hanla A., Neumeyer, Sonja, Michailidou, Kyriaki, Bolla, Manjeet K., Wang, Qin, Dennis, Joe, Ahearn, Thomas U., Andrulis, Irene L., Anton-Culver, Hoda, Antonenkova, Natalia N., Arndt, Volker, Aronson, Kristan J., Augustinsson, Annelie, Baten, Adinda, Beane Freeman, Laura E., Becher, Heiko, Beckmann, Matthias W., Behrens, Sabine, Benitez, Javier, Bermisheva, Marina, Bogdanova, Natalia V., Bojesen, Stig E., Brauch, Hiltrud, Brenner, Hermann, Brucker, Sara Y., Burwinkel, Barbara, Campa, Daniele, Canzian, Federico, Castelao, Jose E. ... Chang-Claude, Jenny (2021). Mendelian randomisation study of smoking exposure in relation to breast cancer risk. British Journal of Cancer, 125 (8), 1135-1145. doi: 10.1038/s41416-021-01432-8

  • Sadras, Francisco, Stewart, Teneale A., Robitaille, Mélanie, Peters, Amelia A., Croft, Priyakshi Kalita-de, Soon, Patsy S., Saunus, Jodi M., Lakhani, Sunil R., Roberts-Thomson, Sarah J. and Monteith, Gregory R. (2021). Altered calcium influx pathways in cancer-associated fibroblasts. Biomedicines, 9 (6) 680, 1-13. doi: 10.3390/biomedicines9060680

  • Croft, Priyakshi Kalita-de, Chittoory, Haarika, Nguyen, Tam H., Saunus, Jodi M., Kim, Woo Gyeong, Reed, Amy E. McCart, Lim, Malcolm, De Luca, Xavier M., Ferguson, Kaltin, Niland, Colleen, Mazzieri, Roberta, Dolcetti, Riccardo, Simpson, Peter T. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2021). Characterization of immune cell subsets of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes in brain metastases. Biology, 10 (5) 425, 425. doi: 10.3390/biology10050425

  • Johnson, Nichola, Maguire, Sarah, Morra, Anna, Kapoor, Pooja Middha, Tomczyk, Katarzyna, Jones, Michael E., Schoemaker, Minouk J., Gilham, Clare, Bolla, Manjeet K., Wang, Qin, Dennis, Joe, Ahearn, Thomas U., Andrulis, Irene L., Anton-Culver, Hoda, Antonenkova, Natalia N., Arndt, Volker, Aronson, Kristan J., Augustinsson, Annelie, Baynes, Caroline, Freeman, Laura E. Beane, Beckmann, Matthias W., Benitez, Javier, Bermisheva, Marina, Blomqvist, Carl, Boeckx, Bram, Bogdanova, Natalia V., Bojesen, Stig E., Brauch, Hiltrud, Brenner, Hermann ... Fletcher, Olivia (2021). CYP3A7*1C allele: linking premenopausal oestrone and progesterone levels with risk of hormone receptor-positive breast cancers. British Journal of Cancer, 124 (4), 842-854. doi: 10.1038/s41416-020-01185-w

  • Kramer, Iris, Hooning, Maartje J., Mavaddat, Nasim, Hauptmann, Michael, Keeman, Renske, Steyerberg, Ewout W., Giardiello, Daniele, Antoniou, Antonis C., Pharoah, Paul D.P., Canisius, Sander, Abu-Ful, Zumuruda, Andrulis, Irene L., Anton-Culver, Hoda, Aronson, Kristan J., Augustinsson, Annelie, Becher, Heiko, Beckmann, Matthias W., Behrens, Sabine, Benitez, Javier, Bermisheva, Marina, Bogdanova, Natalia V., Bojesen, Stig E., Bolla, Manjeet K., Bonanni, Bernardo, Brauch, Hiltrud, Bremer, Michael, Brucker, Sara Y., Burwinkel, Barbara, Castelao, Jose E. ... Schmidt, Marjanka K. (2020). Breast cancer polygenic risk score and contralateral breast cancer risk. American Journal of Human Genetics, 107 (5), 837-848. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2020.09.001

  • Kalaw, Emarene, Lim, Malcolm, Kutasovic, Jamie R., Sokolova, Anna, Taege, Lucinda, Johnstone, Kate, Bennett, James, Saunus, Jodi M., Niland, Colleen, Ferguson, Kaltin, Gresshoff, Irma, Bettington, Mark, Pathmanathan, Nirmala, Tse, Gary M., Papadimos, David, Pathmanathan, Rajadurai, Harris, Gavin, Yamaguchi, Rin, Tan, Puay Hoon, Fox, Stephen, O’Toole, Sandra A., Simpson, Peter T., Lakhani, Sunil R. and McCart Reed, Amy E. (2020). Metaplastic breast cancers frequently express immune checkpoint markers FOXP3 and PD-L1. British Journal of Cancer, 123 (11), 1665-1672. doi: 10.1038/s41416-020-01065-3

  • Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Lim, Malcolm, Chittoory, Haarika, de Luca, Xavier M., Kutasovic, Jamie R., Day, Bryan W., Al-Ejeh, Fares, Simpson, Peter T., McCart Reed, Amy E., Lakhani, Sunil R. and Saunus, Jodi M. (2020). Clinicopathologic significance of nuclear HER4 and phospho-YAP(S127) in human breast cancers and matching brain metastases. Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology, 12, 175883592094625. doi: 10.1177/1758835920946259

  • Abdel-Fatah, Tarek M. A., Ball, Graham R., Thangavelu, Pulari U., Reid, Lynne E., McCart Reed, Amy E., Saunus, Jodi M., Duijf, Pascal H. G., Simpson, Peter T., Lakhani, Sunil R., Pongor, Lorinc, Gyorffy, Balázs, Moseley, Paul M., Green, Andrew R., Pockley, Alan G., Caldas, Carlos, Ellis, Ian O. and Chan, Stephen Y. T. (2020). Association of sperm-associated antigen 5 and treatment response in patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. JAMA Network Open, 3 (7), e209486. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.9486

  • Zhang, Lin, Yao, Jun, Wei, Yongkun, Zhou, Zhifen, Li, Ping, Qu, Jingkun, Badu-Nkansah, Akosua, Yuan, Xiangliang, Huang, Yu-Wen, Fukumura, Kazutaka, Mao, Xizeng, Chang, Wei-Chao, Saunus, Jodi, Lakhani, Sunil, Huse, Jason T., Hung, Mien-Chie and Yu, Dihua (2020). Blocking immunosuppressive neutrophils deters pY696-EZH2–driven brain metastases. Science Translational Medicine, 12 (545) eaaz5387, eaaz5387. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaz5387

  • Adwal, Alaknanda, Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Shakya, Reshma, Lim, Malcolm, Kalaw, Emarene, Taege, Lucinda D., McCart Reed, Amy E., Lakhani, Sunil R., Callen, David F. and Saunus, Jodi M. (2020). Tradeoff between metabolic i-proteasome addiction and immune evasion in triple-negative breast cancer. Life Science Alliance, 3 (7) e201900562, e201900562. doi: 10.26508/lsa.201900562

  • Gedye, Craig, Sachchithananthan, Mythily, Leonard, Robyn, Jeffree, Rosalind L., Buckland, Michael E., Ziegler, David S., Graeber, Manuel B., Day, Bryan W., McDonald, Kerrie L., Lasocki, Arian, Back, Michael, Besser, Michael, Boyd, Andrew, Buckland, Michael, Byrne, Jennifer, Cher, Lawrence, Cook, Raymond, Day, Bryan, Day, Jerry, Davidson, Andrew, Devereux, Lisa, Dexter, Mark, Donnelly, Roy, Drummond, Kate, Eckstein, Lisa, Gan, Hui, Garrick, Therese, Gedye, Craig, Gottardo, Nick ... Nowak, Anna K (2020). Driving innovation through collaboration: development of clinical annotation datasets for brain cancer biobanking. Neuro-Oncology Practice, 7 (1), 31-37. doi: 10.1093/nop/npz036

  • Moradi Marjaneh, Mahdi, Beesley, Jonathan, O'Mara, Tracy A., Mukhopadhyay, Pamela, Koufariotis, Lambros T., Kazakoff, Stephen, Hussein, Nehal, Fachal, Laura, Bartonicek, Nenad, Hillman, Kristine M., Kaufmann, Susanne, Sivakumaran, Haran, Smart, Chanel E., McCart Reed, Amy E., Ferguson, Kaltin, Saunus, Jodi M., Lakhani, Sunil R., Barnes, Daniel R., Antoniou, Antonis C., Dinger, Marcel E., Waddell, Nicola, Easton, Douglas F., Dunning, Alison M., Chenevix-Trench, Georgia, Edwards, Stacey L. and French, Juliet D. (2020). Non-coding RNAs underlie genetic predisposition to breast cancer. Genome Biology, 21 (1) 7, 7. doi: 10.1186/s13059-019-1876-z

  • So, Choon Leng, Saunus, Jodi M., Roberts-Thomson, Sarah J. and Monteith, Gregory R. (2019). Calcium signalling and breast cancer. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology, 94, 74-83. doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2018.11.001

  • McCart Reed, Amy E., Lal, Samir, Kutasovic, Jamie R., Wockner, Leesa, Robertson, Alan, de Luca, Xavier M., Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Dalley, Andrew J., Coorey, Craig P., Kuo, Luyu, Ferguson, Kaltin, Niland, Colleen, Miller, Gregory, Johnson, Julie, Reid, Lynne E., Males, Renique, Saunus, Jodi M., Chenevix-Trench, Georgia, Coin, Lachlan, Lakhani, Sunil R. and Simpson, Peter T. (2019). LobSig is a multigene predictor of outcome in invasive lobular carcinoma. npj Breast Cancer, 5 (1) 18, 18. doi: 10.1038/s41523-019-0113-y

  • Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Straube, Jasmin, Lim, Malcolm, Al-Ejeh, Fares, Lakhani, Sunil R. and Saunus, Jodi M. (2019). Proteomic analysis of the breast cancer brain metastasis microenvironment. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20 (10) 2524, 2524. doi: 10.3390/ijms20102524

  • Lim, Malcolm, Puttick, Simon, Houston, Zachary H., Thurecht, Kristofer J., Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Mahler, Stephen, Rose, Stephen E., Jeffree, Rosalind L., Mazzieri, Roberta, Dolcetti, Riccardo, Lakhani, Sunil R. and Saunus, Jodi M. (2019). Innovative therapeutic strategies for effective treatment of brain metastases. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20 (6) 1280. doi: 10.3390/ijms20061280

  • Wiegmans, Adrian P., Saunus, Jodi M., Ham, Sunyoung, Lobb, Richard J., Kutasovic, Jamie R., Dalley, Andrew J., Miranda, Mariska, Atkinson, Caroline, Foliaki, Simote T., Ferguson, Kaltin, Niland, Colleen, Johnstone, Cameron N., Lewis, Victoria, Collins, Steven, Lakhani, Sunil R., Al-Ejeh, Fares and Möller, Andreas (2019). Secreted cellular prion protein binds doxorubicin and correlates with anthracycline resistance in breast cancer. JCI Insight, 5 (6). doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.124092

  • McCart Reed, Amy Ellen, Kalaw, Emarene, Nones, Katia, Bettington, Mark, Lim, Malcolm, Bennett, James, Johnstone, Kate, Kutasovic, Jamie Rose, Saunus, Jodi Marie, Kazakoff, Stephen, Xu, Qinying, Wood, Scott, Holmes, Oliver, Leonard, Conrad, Reid, Lynne Estelle, Black, Debra, Niland, Colleen, Ferguson, Kaltin, Gresshoff, Irma, Raghavendra, Ashwini, Harvey, Kate, Cooper, Caroline, Liu, Cheng, Kalinowski, Lauren, Reid, Andrew Scott, Davidson, Morgan, Pearson, John V, Pathmanathan, Nirmala, Tse, Gary ... Lakhani, Sunil R. (2019). Phenotypic and molecular dissection of Metaplastic Breast Cancer and the prognostic implications. Journal of Pathology, 247 (2), 214-227. doi: 10.1002/path.5184

  • Kutasovic, Jamie R., McCart Reed, Amy E., Males, Renique, Sim, Sarah, Saunus, Jodi M., Dalley, Andrew, McEvoy, Christopher R., Dedina, Liana, Miller, Gregory, Peyton, Stephen, Reid, Lynne, Lal, Samir, Niland, Colleen, Ferguson, Kaltin, Fellowes, Andrew P., Al-Ejeh, Fares, Lakhani, Sunil R., Cummings, Margaret C. and Simpson, Peter T. (2019). Breast cancer metastasis to gynaecological organs: a clinico‐pathological and molecular profiling study. The Journal of Pathology: Clinical Research, 5 (1), 25-39. doi: 10.1002/cjp2.118

  • McCart Reed, Amy E, Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Kutasovic, Jamie, Saunus, Jodi M and Lakhani, Sunil R (2018). Recent advances in breast cancer research impacting clinical diagnostic practice : Breast cancer research - where are we now?. The Journal of Pathology, 247 (5), 552-562. doi: 10.1002/path.5199

  • Kalimutho, Murugan, Sinha, Debottam, Jeffery, Jessie, Nones, Katia, Srihari, Sriganesh, Fernando, Winnie C., Duijf, Pascal H. G., Vennin, Claire, Raninga, Prahlad, Nanayakkara, Devathri, Mittal, Deepak, Saunus, Jodi M., Lakhani, Sunil R., López, J Alejandro, Spring, Kevin J., Timpson, Paul, Gabrielli, Brian, Waddell, Nicola and Khanna, Kum Kum (2018). CEP55 is a determinant of cell fate during perturbed mitosis in breast cancer. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 10 (9) e8566, e8566. doi: 10.15252/emmm.201708566

  • McCart Reed, Amy E., Kutasovic, Jamie R., Nones, Katia, Saunus, Jodi M., Da Silva, Leonard, Newell, Felicity, Kazakoff, Stephen, Melville, Lewis, Jayanthan, Janani, Vargas, Ana Cristina, Reid, Lynne E., Beesley, Jonathan, Chen, Xiao Qing, Patch, Anne Marie, David Clouston, D., Porter, Alan, Evans, Elizabeth, Pearson, John V., Chenevix-Trench, Georgia, Cummings, Margaret C., Waddell, Nic, Lakhani, Sunil R. and Simpson, Peter T. (2018). Mixed ductal-lobular carcinomas: evidence for progression from ductal to lobular morphology. The Journal of Pathology, 244 (4), 460-468. doi: 10.1002/path.5040

  • Johnson, Julie, Bessette, Darrell C., Saunus, Jodi M., Smart, Chanel E., Song, Sarah, Johnston, Rebecca L., Cocciardi, Sibylle, Rozali, Esdy N., Johnstone, Cameron N., Vargas, Ana Christina, Kazakoff, Stephen H., BioBank, Victorian Cancer, Khanna, Kum Kum, Lakhani, Sunil R., Chenevix-Trench, Georgia, Simpson, Peter T., Nones, Katia, Waddell, Nicola and Al-Ejeh, Fares (2018). Characterization of a novel breast cancer cell line derived from a metastatic bone lesion of a breast cancer patient. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 170 (1), 179-188. doi: 10.1007/s10549-018-4719-9

  • Raghavendra, Ashwini, Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Vargas, Ana Cristina, Smart, Chanel E., Simpson, Peter T., Saunus, Jodi M. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2018). Expression of MAGE-A and NY-ESO-1 cancer-testis antigens is enriched in triple-negative invasive breast cancers. Histopathology, 73 (1), 68-80. doi: 10.1111/his.13498

  • McCart Reed, Amy E., Saunus, Jodi M., Ferguson, Kaltin, Niland, Colleen, Simpson, Peter T. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2018). The Brisbane Breast Bank. Open Journal of Bioresources, 5 (5). doi: 10.5334/ojb.33

  • Saunus, Jodi M., Smart, Chanel E., Kutasovic, Jamie R., Johnston, Rebecca L., Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Miranda, Mariska, Rozali, Esdy N., Vargas, Ana Cristina, Reid, Lynne E., Lorsy, Eva, Cocciardi, Sibylle, Seidens, Tatjana, McCart Reed, Amy E., Dalley, Andrew J., Wockner, Leesa F., Johnson, Julie, Sarkar, Debina, Askarian-Amiri, Marjan E., Simpson, Peter T., Khanna, Kum Kum, Chenevix-Trench, Georgia, Al-Ejeh, Fares and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2017). Multidimensional phenotyping of breast cancer cell lines to guide preclinical research. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 167 (1), 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s10549-017-4496-x

  • Hernández-Pérez, S., Cabrera, E., Salido, E., Lim, M., Reid, L., Lakhani, S. R., Khanna, K. K., Saunus, J. M. and Freire, R. (2017). Erratum: DUB3 and USP7 de-ubiquitinating enzymes control replication inhibitor Geminin: molecular characterization and associations with breast cancer (Oncogene (2017) 36 33 (4802-4809)). Oncogene, 36 (33), 4817-4817. doi: 10.1038/onc.2017.220

  • Hernandez-Perez, S., Cabrera, E., Salido, E., Lim, M., Reid, L., Lakhani, S. R., Khanna, K. K., Saunus, J. M. and Freire, R. (2017). DUB3 and USP7 de-ubiquitinating enzymes control replication inhibitor Geminin: molecular characterization and associations with breast cancer. Oncogene, 36 (33), 4802-4809. doi: 10.1038/onc.2017.21

  • Saunus, Jodi M., McCart Reed, Amy E., Lim, Zhun Leong and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2017). Breast cancer brain metastases: clonal evolution in clinical context. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18 (1) 152, 152. doi: 10.3390/ijms18010152

  • Kalita-De Croft, Priyakshi, Al-Ejeh, Fares, McCart Reed, Amy E., Saunus, Jodi M. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2016). 'Omics approaches in breast cancer research and clinical practice. Advances in Anatomic Pathology, 23 (6), 356-367. doi: 10.1097/PAP.0000000000000128

  • Burgess, Joshua T., Bolderson, Emma, Saunus, Jodi M., Zhang, Shu-Dong, Reid, Lynne E., McNicol, Anne Marie, Lakhani, Sunil R., Cuff, Katharine, Richard, Kerry, Richard, Derek J. and O'Byrne, Kenneth J. (2016). SASH1 mediates sensitivity of breast cancer cells to chloropyramine and is associated with prognosis in breast cancer. Oncotarget, 7 (45), 72807-72818. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.12020

  • Milevskiy, Michael J. G., Al-Ejeh, Fares, Saunus, Jodi M., Northwood, Korinne S., Bailey, Peter J., Betts, Joshua A., McCart Reed, Amy E., Nephew, Kenneth P., Stone, Andrew, Gee, Julia M. W., Dowhan, Dennis H., Dray, Eloise, Shewan, Annette M., French, Juliet D., Edwards, Stacey L., Clark, Susan J., Lakhani, Sunil R. and Brown, Melissa A. (2016). Long-range regulators of the lncRNA HOTAIR enhance its prognostic potential in breast cancer. Human Molecular Genetics, 25 (15), 3269-3283. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddw177

  • Peters, Amelia A., Milevskiy, Michael J. G., Lee, WeiC., Curry, Merril C., Smart, Chanel E., Saunus, Jodi M., Reid, Lynne, da Silva, Leonard, Marcial, Daneth L., Dray, Eloise, Brown, Melissa A., Lakhani, Sunil R., Roberts-Thomson, Sarah J. and Monteith, Gregory R. (2016). The calcium pump plasma membrane Ca(2+)-ATPase 2 (PMCA2) regulates breast cancer cell proliferation and sensitivity to doxorubicin. Scientific Reports, 6 (1) 25505, 25505. doi: 10.1038/srep25505

  • Field, Sarah, Uyttenhove, Catherine, Stroobant, Vincent, Cheou, Paméla, Coutelier, Jean-Paul, Simpson, Peter T., Cummings, Margaret C., Saunus, Jodi M., Reid, Lynne E., Kutasovic, Jamie R., McNicol, Anne Marie, Kim, Ba Reun, Kim, Jae Ho, Lakhani, Sunil R., Neville, A. Munro, Van Snick, Jacques and Jat, Parmjit S. (2016). Novel highly specific anti-periostin antibodies uncover the functional importance of the fascilin 1-1 domain and highlight preferential expression of periostin in aggressive breast cancer. International Journal of Cancer, 138 (8), 1959-1970. doi: 10.1002/ijc.29946

  • Zhang, Lin, Zhang, Siyuan, Yao, Jun, Lowery, Frank J., Zhang, Qingling, Huang, Wen-Chien, Li, Ping, Li, Min, Wang, Xiao, Zhang, Chenyu, Wang, Hai, Ellis, Kenneth, Cheerathodi, Mujeeburahiman, McCarty, Joseph H., Palmieri, Diane, Saunus, Jodi, Lakhani, Sunil, Huang, Suyun, Sahin, Aysegul A., Aldape, Kenneth D., Steeg, Patricia S. and Yu, Dihua (2015). Microenvironment-induced PTEN loss by exosomal microRNA primes brain metastasis outgrowth. Nature, 527 (7576), 100-104. doi: 10.1038/nature15376

  • Saunus, Jodi M., Quinn, MIchael C. J., Patch, Ann-Marie, Pearson, John V., Bailey, Peter J., Nones, Katia, McCart Reed, Amy E., Miller, David, Peter J. Wilson, Al-Ejeh, Fares, Mariasegaram, Mythily, Lau, Queenie, Withers, Teresa, Jeffree, Rosalind L., Reid, Lynne E., Da Silva, Leonard, Matsika, Admire, Niland, Colleen M., Cummings, Margaret C., Bruxner, Timothy J. C., Christ, Angelika N., Harliwong, Ivon, Idrisoglu, Senel, Manning, Suzanne, Nourse, Craig, Nourbakhsh, Ehsan, Wani, Shivangi, Anderson, Matthew J., Fink, J. Lynn ... Lakhani, Sunil R. (2015). Integrated genomic and transcriptomic analysis of human brain metastases identifies recurrently altered pathways of potential clinical significance. Journal of Pathology, 237 (3), 363-378. doi: 10.1002/path.4583

  • Bessette, Darrell C., Tilch, Erik, Seidens, Tatjana, Quinn, Michael C. J., Wiegmans, Adrian P., Shi, Wei, Cocciardi, Sibylle, McCart-Reed, Amy, Saunus, Jodi M., Simpson, Peter T., Grimmond, Sean M., Lakhani, Sunil R., Khanna, Kum Kum, Waddell, Nic, Al-Ejeh, Fares and Chevenvix-Trench, Georgia (2015). Using the MCF10A/MCF10CA1a Breast Cancer Progression Cell Line Model to Investigate the Effect of Active, Mutant Forms of EGFR in Breast Cancer Development and Treatment Using Gefitinib. PLoS One, 10 (5) e0125232, e0125232-e0125232. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125232

  • Momeny, Majid, Saunus, Jodi M., Marturana, Flavia, McCart Reed, Amy E., Black, Debra, Sala, Gianluca, Iacobelli, Stefano, Holland, Jane D., Yu, Dihua, Da Silva, Leonard, Simpson, Peter T., Khanna, Kum Kum, Chenevix-Trench, Georgia and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2015). Heregulin-HER3-HER2 signaling promotes matrix metalloproteinase-dependent blood-brain-barrier transendothelial migration of human breast cancer cell lines. Oncotarget, 6 (6), 3932-3946. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.2846

  • Junankar, Simon, Baker, Laura A., Roden, Daniel L., Nair, Radhika, Elsworth, Ben, Gallego-Ortega, David, Lacaze, Paul, Cazet, Aurelie, Nikolic, Iva, Teo, Wee Siang, Yang, Jessica, McFarland, Andrea, Harvey, Kate, Naylor, Matthew J., Lakhani, Sunil R., Simpson, Peter T., Raghavendra, Ashwini, Saunus, Jodi, Madore, Jason, Kaplan, Warren, Ormandy, Christopher, Millar, Ewan K. A., O'Toole, Sandra, Yun, Kyuson and Swarbrick, Alexander (2015). ID4 controls mammary stem cells and marks breast cancers with a stem cell-like phenotype. Nature Communications, 6 (1) 6548, 6548.1-6548.12. doi: 10.1038/ncomms7548

  • Al-Ejeh, F., Simpson, P. T., Sanus, J. M., Klein, K., Kalimutho, M., Shi, W., Miranda, M., Kutasovic, J., Raghavendra, A., Madore, J., Reid, L., Krause, L., Chenevix-Trench, G., Lakhani, S. R. and Khanna, K. K. (2014). Meta-analysis of the global gene expression profile of triple-negative breast cancer identifies genes for the prognostication and treatment of aggressive breast cancer. Oncogenesis, 3 (4) e100, 1-12. doi: 10.1038/oncsis.2014.14

  • Al-Ejeh, Fares, Miranda, Mariska, Shi,Wei, Simpson, Peter T., Song, Sarah, Vargas, Ana Cristina, Saunus, Jodi M., Smart, Chanel E., Mariasegaram, Mythily, Wiegmans, Adrian P., Chenevix-Trench, Georgia, Lakhani, Sunil R. and Khanna, Kum Kum (2014). Kinome profiling reveals breast cancer heterogeneity and identifies targeted therapeutic opportunities for triple negative breast cancer. Oncotarget, 5 (10), 3145-3158. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.1865

  • Smart, Chanel E., Morrison, Brian J., Saunus, Jodi M., Vargas, Ana Cristina, Keith, Patricia, Reid, Lynne, Wockner, Leesa, Amiri, Marjan Askarian, Sarkar, Debina, Simpson, Peter T., Clarke, Catherine, Schmidt, Chris W., Reynolds, Brent A., Lakhani, Sunil R. and Lopez, J. Alejandro (2013). In vitro analysis of breast cancer cell line tumourspheres and primary human breast epithelia mammospheres demonstrates inter- and intrasphere heterogeneity. PloS One, 8 (6) e64388, e64388. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064388

  • Alizart, Michelle, Saunus, Jodi, Cummings, Margaret and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2012). Molecular classification of breast carcinoma. Diagnostic Histopathology, 18 (3), 97-103. doi: 10.1016/j.mpdhp.2011.12.003

  • Matias, Marie A.T., Saunus, Jodi M., Ivanovski, Saso, Walsh, Laurence J. and Farah, Camile S. (2011). Accelerated wound healing phenotype in Interleukin 12/23 deficient mice. Journal of Inflammation-London, 8 (1) 39, 39-1-39-11. doi: 10.1186/1476-9255-8-39

  • Saunus, Jodi M., Momeny, Majid, Simpson, Peter T., Da Silva, Leonard and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2011). Molecular aspects of breast cancer metastasis to the brain. Genetics Research International, 2011, 219189-1-219189-9. doi: 10.4061/2011/219189

  • Saunus, J.M., Wagner, S.A., Matias, M.A., Hu, Y, Zaini, Z.M. and Farah, C.S. (2010). Early activation of the IL-23-17 axis in a murine model of oropharyngeal candidiasis. Molecular Oral Microbiology, 25 (5), 343-356. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-1014.2010.00570.x

  • Pettigrew, C. A., French, J. D., Saunus, J. M., Edwards, S. L., Sauer, A. V., Smart, C. E., Lundstrom, H. T., Wiesner, C., Spurdle, A. B., Rothnagel, J. A. and Brown, M. A. (2010). Identification and functional analysis of novel BRCA1 transcripts, including mouse Brca1-Iris and human pseudo-BRCA1. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 119 (1), 239-247. doi: 10.1007/s10549-008-0256-2

  • Farah, C. S., Saunus, J. M., Hu, Y., Kazoullis, A. and Ashman, R. B. (2009). Gene targeting demonstrates that inducible nitric oxide synthase is not essential for resistance to oral candidiasis in mice, or for killing of Candida albicans by macrophages in vitro. Oral Microbiology and Immunology, 24 (1), 83-88. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-302X.2008.00462.x

  • Saunus, J., French, J.D., Edwards, S.L., Beveridge, D.J., Hatchell, E.C., Wagner, S.A., Stein, S.R., Davidson, A., Simpson, K.J., Francis, G.D., Leedman, P.J. and Brown, M.A. (2008). Posttranscriptional regulation of the breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1 by the RNA binding protein HuR. Cancer Research, 68 (22), 9469-9478. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-08-1159

  • Saunus, J. M., Kazoullis, A. and Farah, C. S. (2008). Cellular and molecular mechanisms of resistance to oral Candida albicans infections. Frontiers In Bioscience, 13 (1), 5345-5358. doi: 10.2741/3085

  • Saunus, Jodi M., Edwards, Stacey L., French, Juliet D., Smart, Chanel E. and Brown, Melissa A. (2007). Regulation of BRCA1 messenger RNA stability in human epithelial cell lines and during cell cycle progression. FEBS Letters, 581 (18), 3435-3442. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2007.06.046

Conference Publication

  • Chalmers, Silke B., Sadras, Francisco, Saunus, Jodi , Lakhani, Sunil , Roberts-Thomson, Sarah J. and Monteith, Gregory R. (2020). Calcium communication in an in vitro model of breast cancer brain metastases. ASCEPT-APSA Joint virtual scientific meeting 2020, Virtual meeting, 24-26 November 2020.

  • Sadras, Francisco, Stewart, Teneale A., Robitaille, Melanie, Peters, Amelia A., Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Soon, Patsy, Saunus, Jodi M., Lakhani, Sunil R., Roberts-Thomson, Sarah J. and Monteith, Gregory R. (2020). Remodelling of calcium influx pathways in breast cancer associated fibroblasts. 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, TX United States, 10-14 December 2019. Philadelphia, PA United States: American Association for Cancer Research. doi: 10.1158/1538-7445.sabcs19-p6-06-15

  • Chalmers, S.B., Dalley, A.J., Kalita-de Croft, P., Saunus, J., Bassett, J.J., Sadras, F., Roberts-Thomson, S.J. and Monteith, G.R. (2019). Abstract P1-19-05: establishment of a human neural progenitor cell microenvironment model to investigate signalling events in triple negative breast cancer brain metastases in a high-throughput setting. 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, TX, United States, 4-8 December 2018. Philadelphia, PA, United States: American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). doi: 10.1158/1538-7445.sabcs18-p1-19-05

  • Lim, Darren Z. R. , Chalmers, Silke B. , Robitaille, Melanie , Saunus, Jodi M. , Lakhani, Sunil R. , Roberts-Thomson, Sarah J. and Monteith, Gregory R. (2019). Assessment of Ca2+ channels and pumps in brain-seeking breast cancer cell lines. ASCEPT-PAGANZ Joint Scientific Meeting, Queenstown, New Zealand, 25-29 November 2019. Hamilton Central, QLD, Australia: ASCEPT.

  • Reed, A. E. McCart, Kalaw, E., Nones, K., Bettington, M., Lim, M., Bennett, J., Johnstone, K., Kutasovic, J. R., Kazakoff, S., Xu, Q. C., Saunus, J. M., Reid, L. E., Black, D., Niland, C., Ferguson, K., Gresshoff, I., Raghavendra, A., Liu, J. C., Kalinowski, L., Reid, A. S., Davidson, M., Pearson, J. V., Yamaguchi, R., Harris, G., Tse, G., Papadimos, D., Pathmanathan, R., Pathmanathan, N., Tan, P. H. ... Lakhani, S. R. (2019). Dissecting the heterogeneity of metaplastic breast cancer: a morphological, immunohistochemical and genomic analysis of a large cohort. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, TX, United States, 4-8 December 2018. Philadelphia, PA, United States: AMER ASSOC CANCER RESEARCH. doi: 10.1158/1538-7445.SABCS18-P3-08-03

  • Saunus, J. M., Lim, M., Puttick, S., Croft, P. Kalita-de, Houston, Z. H., Jones, M. L., Latter, M. J., Campbell, L. C., Thomas, P., Jeffree, R. L., Rose, S. E., Mahler, S. M., Thurecht, K. J., Scott, A. M. and Lakhani, S. R. (2019). Innovation in diagnosis and treatment of brain metastases using multifunctional nanomedicines. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, Texas, 4-8 December 2018. Philadelphia, PA, United States: American Association for Cancer Research. doi: 10.1158/1538-7445.SABCS18-P1-19-02

  • McCart Reed, Amy E., Lal, Samir, Kutasovic, Jamie R., Wockner, Leesa, Robertson, Alan, de Croft, Priyakshi Kalıta, Dalley, Andrew, Coorey, Craig P., Kuo, Luyu, Ferguson, Kaltin, Niland, Colleen, Miller, Gregory, Johnson, Julie, Reid, Lynne E., Males, Renique, Saunus, Jodi M., Chenevix-Trench, Georgia, Coin, Lachlan, Lakhani, Sunil R. and Simpson, Peter T. (2019). LobSig, a prognostic signature for Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. 7th International PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meeting, Barossa Novotel, South Australia, Australia, 17-20 March 2019.

  • Monteith, Greg, Sadras, Francisco, Stewart, Teneale, Robitaille, Melanie, Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Soon, Patsy, Saunus, Jodi, Lakhani, Sunil and Roberts-Thomson, Sarah (2019). Remodeling of calcium influx pathways in models of cancer associated fibroblasts in breast cancer. AACR Annual Meeting on Bioinformatics, Convergence Science, and Systems Biology, Atlanta, GA United States, 29 March - 3 April 2019. Philadelphia, PA United States: American Association for Cancer Research. doi: 10.1158/1538-7445.SABCS18-99

  • Saunus, Jodi (2018). A SOX10-associated epigenetic program linking primitive differentiation state with reduced immunogenicity in triple-negative breast cancer. AACR Special Conference on Advances in Breast Cancer Research, Hollywood, CA USA, 7-10 October 2017. Philadelphia, PA United States: American Association for Cancer Research.

  • Sadras, Francisco, Stewart, Teneale A., Robitaille, Melanie, Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Patsy, Soon, Saunus, Jodi M., Makhani, Sunil R., Roberts-Thomson, Sarah J. and Monteith, Gregory R. (2018). Cancer associated fibroblasts undergo a calcium channel switch. Australasian Society for Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 27 - 30 November 2018.

  • Kalita de Croft, Priyakshi , Straube, Jasmin , Al-Ejeh, Fares , M Saunus,Jodi and R Lakhani, Sunil (2018). Proteomic analysis of the mouse brain stromal microenvironment: a milieu intérieur of metabolic reprogramming. 30th Lorne Cancer Conference 2018, Lorne, Victoria, Australia, 8th-11th February, 2018.

  • Saunus, J. M., Croft, P. K.-D., Lee, F. T., Al-Ejeh, F., Lim, M., Ensbey, K., Niland, C., Jeffree, R. L., Thomas, P., Day, B. W., Rose, S., Scott, A. M. and Lakhani, S. R. (2017). Investigating the HER2-3 dimer as a theranostic target in brain metastases. 16th Biennial Congress of the Metastasis Research Society, Chengdu, China, 16-20 September 2016. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/s10585-017-9843-0

  • Reed, A. E. McCart, Kutasovic, J. R., Nones, K., da Silva, L., Melville, L., Jayanthan, J., Vargas, A. C., Reid, L. E., Saunus, J. M., Cummings, M. M., Porter, A., Evans, E., Waddell, N., Lakhani, S. R. and Simpson, P. T. (2017). Mixed ductal-lobular carcinomas of the breast: Abrogated cell adhesion in the clonal evolution from ductal to lobular morphology. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, TX, United States, 6-10 December 2016. Philadelphia, PA, United States: American Association for Cancer Research. doi: 10.1158/1538-7445.SABCS16-P1-07-08

  • Northwood, K., Saunus, J., Milevskiy, M., Lakhani, S. and Brown, M. (2017). RNA immunoprecipitation reveals lncRNA-protein interactions in basal-like breast cancer. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio TX, United States, 6-10 December 2016. Philadelphia, PA United States: American Association for Cancer Research. doi: 10.1158/1538-7445.SABCS16-P1-04-05

  • Saunus, Jodi M., Kalita-de Croft, Priyakshi, Lee, F. T., Al-Ejeh, Fares, Lim, Malcolm, Ensbey, Kathleen, Niland, Colleen, Jeffree, Rosalind L., Thomas, Paul, Day, Bryan W., Rose, Stephen, Scott, Andrew M. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2016). Investigating the Her2-3 dimer as a theranostic target in brain metastases. COSA's 43 and ANZBCTG's 38 Annual Scientific Meetings. Partners for Progress in Breast Cancer Research and Care, Gold Coast, QLD Australia, 15-17 November 2016. Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/ajco.12646

  • Saunus, Jodi M., Momeny, Majid, Da Silva, Leonard, Reid, Lynne, Holland, Jane D., Birchmeier, Walter, Jat, Parmjit, Brandner, Sebastian, Al-Ejeh, Fares, Khanna, Kum Kum, Chenevix-Trench, Georgia, Simpson, Peter T. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2015). Exploring the HER3 tyrosine kinase as a therapeutic target for treatment of brain metastases. 15th International Biennial Congress of the Metastasis Research Society, Heidelberg, Germany, 28 June - 01 July 2014. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/s10585-015-9708-3

  • Saunus, J. M., Quinn, M. C. J., Patch, A. M., Pearson, J. V., Bailey, P. J., Cloonan, N., Nones, K., Miller, D., Mariasegaram, M., Lau, Q., Jeffree, L., Khanna, K. K., Chenevix-Trench, G., Grimmond, S. M., Simpson, P. T., Waddell, N. and Lakhani, S. R. (2015). Genomic and transcriptomic landscapes of human brain metastases. 15th International Biennial Congress of the Metastasis Research Society, Heidelberg, Germany, June 28th–July 1st, 2014. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/s10585-015-9708-3

  • Saunus, Jodi (2012). Defining mechanisms underlying breast cancer metastasis to brain. New Zealand Society for Oncology Conference 2012, Wellington New Zealand, 3-4 May 2012.

  • Saunus, Jodi M., Da Silva, Leonard, Momeny, Majid, Morrison, Brian, Lane, Annette, Smart, Chanel, Al-Ejeh, Fares, Khanna, Kum Kum, Chenevix-Trench, Georgia, Simpson, Peter T. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2012). Role of HER3 in brain metastases from primary breast cancer. 24th Lorne Cancer Conference, Lorne, VIC, Australia, 9-12 February 2012.

  • Saunus, Jodi M., Momeny, Majid, Da Silva, Leonard, Vargas, Ana Cristina, Al-Ejeh, Fares, Morrison, Brian, Khanna, Kum Kum, Grimmond, Sean, Chenevix-Trench, Georgia, Jeffree, Rosalind L., Waddell, Nicola, Simpson, Peter T. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2012). Uncovering molecular mechanisms involved in metastasis to the brain. 14th International Biennial Congress of the Metastasis Research Society, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 2-5 September 2012.

  • Smart, Chanel E., Saunus, Jodi M., Keith, Patricia, Vargas, Ana Cristina, Malik, Neelam, Clarke, Catherine, Simpson, Peter T. and Lakhani, Sunil R. (2010). Shifting phenotypes in primary human mammary epithelial culture. Sixth International Conference on Hormonal Oncogenesis, Tokyo, Japan, 12-16 September 2010.

  • Saunus, Jodi M., Young, Tiffany J. and Farah. Camile S. (2009). Isolation of epithelial stem cells from normal and dysplastic oral epithelium. Gordon Research Conference: Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Normal and Cancer Stem Cells, Les Diablerets, Switzerland, 13-18 September 2009.

  • French, J. D., Edwards, S. L., Saunus, J. M., Tan-Wong, S. M., Brewster, B., Hardie, K. M., Leedman, P. J., Proudfoot, N. J. and Brown, M. A. (2008). Identification of functional regulatory elements in the non-coding regions of the BRCA1 gene. kConFab Familial Breast Cancer conference 2008, Couran Cove, Queensland, 2008.

  • French, J. D., Wong, S. M., Saunus, J. M., Smart, C. E., Proudfoot, N. J. and Brown, M. A. (2007). Dynamic interactions between the promoter and terminator regions of the mammalian BRCA1 gene. Australian Breast Cancer Conference 2007, Melbourne, Australia, 19-20 November 2007.

  • Brewster, B., Brown, M. A., Edwards, S. L., French, J. D., Leedman, P., Proudfoot, N. J., Saunus, J. M., Southey, M., Tavtigian, S and Wong, S. M. (2007). Identification of novel mutation targets in the breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1 and genes that encode regulators of BRCA1. kConFab Familial Breast Cancer Conference, Couran Cove, Queensland, 21-24 August 2007.

  • Saunus, Jodi M., French, Juliet D., Edwards, Stacey L., Beveridge, Dianne J., Hatchell, Esme C., Wagner, Sarah A., Gason, Alexandra A., Simpson, Kaylene J., Leedman, Peter J. and Brown, Melissa A. (2006). Identification of RNA-binding proteins that regulate BRCA1 expression. Familial Cancer 2006: Research and Practice. A combined meeting of kConFab, Australian Ovarian Cancer Study (AOCS) and the Family Cancer Clinics of Australia and New Zealand, Couran Cove, South Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia, 16-19 August 2006. Kathleen Cuningham Foundation Consortium (kConFab).

  • Saunus, Jodi M., Wardrop, Stacey L., French, Juliet D., Beveridge, Dianne J., Hatchell, Esme C., Dinnis, Diane M., Gason, Alexandra A., Simpson, Kaylene J., Leedman, Peter J. and Brown, Melissa A. (2006). Post-transcriptional regulation of the breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1 by Hu Antigen-R. ComBio 2006, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 24-28 September, 2006.

  • Saunus, J. M., Wardrop, S. L., French, J. D., Beveridge, D. J., Hatchell, E. C., Gason, A. A., Simpson, K.J., Leedman, P. J. and Brown, M. A. (2005). Hur post-transcriptionally regulates BRCA1: involvement of elements in the BRCA1 3' untranslated region. Molecular Approaches to Controlling Cancer, New York, 3-5 June, 2005.

  • French, J. D., Saunus, J. M., Wardrop, S. L. and Brown, M. A. (2005). Regulation of BRCA1 by Heregulin. Familial Cancer 2005: Research and Practice, Couran Cove, 30 Aug - 3 Sept, 2005.

  • Wardrop, S. L., Saunus, J. M., French, J. D., Leedman, P. J. and Brown, M. A. (2005). Transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of the breast cancer susceptibility gene 1 (BRCA1). National Cancer Research Institute Conference, Birmingham, UK, 2-5 Oct, 2005.

  • Saunus, J. M., Wardrop, S. L. and Brown, M. A. (2002). Identification of cis and trans regulators in the BRCA1 3'untranslated region. ComBio 2002, Sydney, Australia, 29 September - 3 October, 2002. Kent Town, South Australia:

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Most of the time, treatments for early breast cancer successfully prevent metastatic spread, but 10% of Australian patients still develop lethal recurrences within 5 years. Rather than waiting to see which patients develop symptoms of a possible relapse (e.g., headaches, respiratory symptoms), we are getting better at detecting metastasis early. Patients deemed to be at ‘high risk’ are offered regular PET or MRI scans, allowing earlier intervention and better quality-of-life. PET imaging of radioactive tracers is more specific than MRI, but the standard tracer used in oncology – [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) – is not useful for imaging the brain. We are seeking a student to help us develop agents that seek out tumour cells more specifically than FDG and can also be engineered to function as therapeutics. The project is flexible depending on the successful candidate’s expertise and interest (e.g., in vivo models of metastatic breast cancer, protein chemistry and/or molecular biology).