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

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

Selected publications

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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 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (pNMR) Quantitative Measurement of Biological Tissues
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Konstantin Momot
  • 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
  • Improving longevity of patient-derived explants to increase utility as a precision medicine functional testing platform |
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Elizabeth Williams, Dr Laura Bray