About

Our group's major research streams include: 

  • microRNA biomarkers for melanoma progression; and 
  • the development a Genomics Atlas of pre-skin cancer lesions.

Our current projects relate to the assessment of melanoma progression microRNA biomarkers for increased diagnostic precision of “ambiguous” melanocytic lesions as well as “real-time” monitoring of melanoma disease progression using a “liquid biopsy.”

Our Genomics Atlas comprises of overlapping datasets (whole exome, mRNA and miRNA transcriptomes, methylation) as well as Spatial Profiling of clinically well annotated naevi and skin biopsies, to greater understand the early hallmarks of pre-skin cancer development.

Both of these streams aim to provide insight into the early progression of melanoma and keratinocyte cancer, to aid in preventing invasive skin cancer formation and offer increased precision to the clinical management of patients.

  • Dr Mitchell Stark

    UQ Amplify Researcher
    The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
    Affiliate Academic
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Dr Harald Oey

    Bioinformatics Officer
    The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
  • Mr Darren Smit

    Research Assistant
    The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
  • Miss Wendy Kao

    Casual Senior Research Technician & Research Assistant
    The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute