Melissa Brown completed her Ph.D. degree at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, in 1993, on the structure and regulation of genes encoding colony-stimulating factor receptors in human leukaemia. She then undertook postdoctoral training at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) in London, funded firstly by an EMBO and then by an ICRF postdoctoral fellowship, working on the isolation and characterization of the first breast cancer susceptibility gene, BRCA1. She joined The University of Melbourne as a Lecturer in 1998 and then moved to The University of Queensland in 2000, where she is now an Associate Professor and a Research Group Leader. The focus of her research continues to be cancer genetics, in particular understanding the transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation of several breast cancer associated genes, including BRCA1, and examining their role in mammary development and early breast tumourigenesis.
Biography Updated on 4 November 2009