School of Biomedical Sciences staff

Head of School

Professor David Waugh is Head of QUT's School of Biomedical Sciences, and Professor of Molecular Oncology and Therapeutics. His primary research interest lies in understanding the importance of inflammatory signals and how they contribute to the initiation and progression of prostate cancers. His work has determined the importance of specific inflammatory chemokine proteins in underpinning the aggressive behaviour of a major population of prostate cancers. His current research focuses on how inhibiting these signals may constitute new opportunities to improve outcomes for patients with advanced prostate cancer.

Deputy Head of School

Prof. Kirsten Spann has more than 20 years of experience in respiratory virus research, including the generation of recombinant vaccine candidates, understanding the interactions between host and viral proteins in viral replication, assembly and immune evasion, and the role of  respiratory viruses in chronic diseases such as asthma, COPD and childhood ear infection. She joined the School of Biomedical Sciences in 2014 following a career that includes positions with CSIRO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the USA, and Brisbane Royal Children’s Hospital.

Senior management team

School administration

  • Personal Assistant to Head of School: Kim Gardner
  • School Support Officer: Lisa Farmer

Course coordinators

Academic and research staff


Associate Professor/Principal Research Fellow

Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow

Lecturer/Research Fellow

Associate Lecturer/Research Associate

Senior Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Genomics Research Centre Clinic

Clinical Research Nurse


Senior Staff Specialist (Urology)

Professional staff

Adjunct Professors

Adjunct Associate Professors

Adjunct lecturers

Visiting fellows