Professor Rik Thompson

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Faculty of Health,
School of Biomedical Sciences


Personal details

Positions

Professor of Breast Cancer Research
Faculty of Health,
School of Biomedical Sciences
Kelvin Grove Q Block Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects

Keywords

Breast Cancer, Mammographic Density, Invasion and Metastasis, Matrix Metalloproteinases, Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition, Extracellular Matrix, Transcriptomics

Discipline

Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics, Medical Microbiology

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Qualifications

  • PhD (Griffith University)

Professional memberships and associations

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

02/2021-                    Research Lead, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, at the Translational Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia

07/2014 -                   Member, Translational Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia

04/2014 -                   Professor of Breast Cancer Research, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS

  • 07/2016-01/2021        Associate Director, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at the Translational Research Institute, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • 04/2014-    Honorary Professor, Department of Surgery, The University of Melbourne (tenured 14/10/2004)
  • 04/2014-    Adjunct Group Leader, Invasion and Metastasis Unit, St. Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • 2012 -        Australian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) - Honorary Lifetime Member from 2012
  • 2010-         Clinical Oncology Societies of Australia
  • 2009-         Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group
  • 2008-12     International Society for Matrix Biology
  • 2005-10     British Association for Cancer Research
  • 2000-12     International Protease Society
  • 1996-         Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • 1994-         Australasian Microarry and Associated Technologies Association (AMATA); now the Australian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA)
  • 1993-         The EMT International Association (TEMTIA)
  • 1991-         Australian Society for Medical Research
  • 1990-         Metastasis Research Society (International)
  • 1986-         American Association for Cancer Research (incl. Tumour Microenvironment Working Group)
  • 1983-         Australia & New Zealand Society for Cell Biology

Teaching

TEACHING POSITIONS:

2020     International Virtual Lecture Course on ‘Measuring and Modelling the Epithelial/Mesenchymal Plasticity Spectrum’.  Co-Convenor and Participant.  Webinar.  (5 October 2020)

2019      LQB601 – Cancer Biology, Research Seminar; ‘Epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity in metastatic progression and therapy resistance in breast cancer’, QUT (20 August 2019)

2018     QUT Honours HLH107 – Mentorship in Science, Fri. Oct 26, 2018; Lecture

LQB601 – Cancer Biology, Research Seminar; ‘Pathobiology of Mammographic Density (MD) for Improved Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment’, QUT (5 Sept 2018)

2017       LQB601 - Cancer Biology, Research Seminar, "Unravelling the Pathobiology of Mammographic Density as a Breast Cancer Risk Factor", QUT (22 August 2017)


2016       LQB601 - Cancer Biology, Research Seminar, "Tumour Microenvironment & Epithelial Mesenchymal Plasticity in Human Breast Cancer", QUT (9 August 2016)

2015        LQB601 - Cancer Biology, Research Seminar, "Tumour microenvironment and metastasis"

2015-2017        Honours Seminar Assessment

2012, 2013      Casual Lecturer, EMT and stem cells (in CED830004 Stem cells in Development & Regeneration), The University of Melbourne

1995-1997       Facilitator, Problem Based Learning, Georgetown University Medical Centre

1992-1997       Assistant Professor, Histology Teaching, Dept. Anatomy and Cell Biology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA

1985                Casual Lecturer, School of Science, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

1980-1984       Casual Demonstrator and Teaching Fellow, School of Science, Griffith University, Brisbane

Experience

Publications

QUT ePrints

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Awards

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Validating the potential of starPEG-heparin hydrogels as an in vitro drug testing system for human breast cancers
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Laura Bray, Associate Professor Larisa Haupt
  • Portable Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Biological Tissues
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Konstantin Momot
  • Epithelial-mesenchymal Plasticity in Circulating Tumour Cells From Patients With Metastatic Cancers and PDX Models
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Shivashankar Hiriyur Nagaraj, Associate Professor Elizabeth Williams
  • Investigating the Contribution of Proteoglycans and Steroid Hormones to Mammographically Dense Tissue
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Konstantin Momot, Mrs Honor Hugo
  • PEPTIDE-BASED DRUGS TO INHIBIT LDH5, A POTENTIAL TARGET FOR CANCER THERAPY
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Sonia Troeira Henriques
  • Genome-wide association study of HPV-associated cervical cancer
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Paul Leo, Dr Zhixiu Li
  • Examining G9a as a target in breast cancer metastasis and treatment resistance.
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
  • Regulation of the Partial EMT at the Leading Edge of Migratory Epithelial Cell Sheets.
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Rachael Murray
  • Improving clinical utility of personalised testing platforms
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Elizabeth Williams, Dr Laura Bray