Qihan Dong is a holder of the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He is an Associate Professor at Sydney Western University and an Honorary Associate Professor at Sydney University. As part of a multicentre effort, he has contributed to clone the gene responsible for hereditary multiple endocrine neoplasia type-1 (MEN-1). The finding of this work was published in Science. His group is the first to demonstrate a gain of phospholipase A2 (PLA2) gene expression and activity and a loss of native PLA2 inhibitor gene expression in prostate cancer. The topic has now been included in the 2nd Edition of the Encyclopedia of Cancer. Dong's team has developed a protocol for in vitro mutagenesis. A paper describing the protocol was awarded “the best methodology paper of the year” by Nucleic Acids Res (2004). His team has received invitation to contribute to In Vitro Mutagenesis Protocols (2010) from Springer. His team has characterised phytochemicals for in vitro and in vivo anticancer effects. A recent presentation of the work (2007) was selected by the American Association for Cancer Research for Newsworthy session. Two papers describing the finding have been published by the Journal of Nutrition (US) and British Journal of Nutrition, respectively. Dong has published 55 papers with total citations of 1672 in journals with an average impact factor of 4.5. He has been the first or senior corresponding author on 77% of them. His work has led to lodgement of an International Patent (Northern America, EU, Japan, and Australia). Dong has taken 15 students (9 Ph.D. and 6 M.S.) since his appointment as a Group leader in 1996. Ten of them have completed and now work in biomedical field. Dong has accepted invitations to 8 international meetings (1 Plenary and 7 Seminars). At the National level, Dong has received invitations to speak at 28 annual meetings, research institutes, and university departments. In recognition of his contribution to cancer research, Dong was awarded one of the 12 inaugural Career Development and Support NSW Cancer Institute Fellowships.
Biography Updated on 16 February 2012