DR Zerina Tomkins

DR Zerina Tomkins

Positions

  • Cancer care (long term outcomes)
  • Electronic medical records (improved health care delivery)
  • Ethical issues of personalised medicine (patient expectations)
  • vascular anomalies (biology)

Overview

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  • SENIOR LECTURER/ COURSE COORDINATOR MNSc NURSING (ENTRY-TO-PRACTICE) Dr Zerina Lokmic Tomkins is a nurse-scientist with a strong focus on clinical research focused on improving outcomes for children diagnosed with cancer. Her expertise has evolved from that of a cell biologist focused on angiogenesis in tissue engineering to a clinician focused on long-term outcomes for children diagnosed with cancer. She received her doctorate in tissue engineering in 2005 from the University of Melbourne’s Department of Surgery then undertook a post-doctoral training at the Institute for Physiological Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry at the University of Munster, Germany under mentorship of Prof Lydia Sorokin. On return to melbourne in 2009, Zerina focused her research on lymphatic anomalies in collaboration with Prof Tony Penington and Assoc. Prof Rod Phillips at the Royal Children's Hospital whilst completing her registered nurse qualifications (2009-2010). Through her role as a nurse and a scientist she provided strong scientific and nursing support for the growing vascular anomalies clinical program at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute from 2012 to 2017. In 2017 she moved to University of Melbourne as a teaching-research academic to become a Degree Coordinator for Master of Nursing Science Program. Under her leadership, this program was successfully accredited in November 2018. Her current research program is conducted in collaboration with Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services (PICS) and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Zerina's clinical research interests are focused on four areas: a) understanding the underlying causes of inborn and acquired lymphatic anomalies and how the presentation of these conditions impact patients and their families. b) long term complications in childhood cancer survivors including long-term surveillance, including ethical and social issues. c) the use of electronic medical records on improving the quality of he   

Affiliation

Member of

  • Cancer Nurses Society of Australia. regular member 2017 -
  • International Society for Study of Vascular Anomalies. regular 2014 -
  • North American Vascular Biology Organisation. representative memeber for Melbourne 2009 -
  • Australian Vascular Biology Society. full member 2003 -
  • Australian Society for Medical Research. Full memeber 2009 - 2017
  • Australian and New Zealand Matrix Society. Full member 2003 - 2013

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Additional Grant Information

  • 2016 - NHMRC Project grant (AP 1129125, $ 872,214, Role: AI, Duration (2017-2020) 2015 - MCRI Cell Biology and Genetics Theme Sequencing Grant ($20,000, Role: CIA) 2015 - MCRI Cell Biology and Genetics Theme Stem Cell Grant ($15,000, Role CIA) 2014 - NHMRC Project Grant (AP 1085109, $442,077, Role: CIB, Duration 2015-2018) 2014 - RCH Foundation “Strengthening the bridge between medical and clinical studies” ($420,000, equipment grant, CIB). 2014 - ‘The Women in Science’ Fellowship ($385,713.00, Duration 08/2014- 08/2017) 2013 - September - Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant ($1700) 2012 - Australian Vascular Biology Society Travel Bursary ($500) 2011 - F. & E. Bauer Research Grant Australasian College of Dermatologists ($20,000) 2007 - Glaxo-Smith-Cline Travel Grant (€ 300) 2004 - St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Research Grant 2004/32 ($16,600) 2003 - St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Research Grant 2003/48 (14,000)    

Awards

Education and training

  • MSc(Nurs), University of Melbourne 2010
  • Dr, University of Melbourne 2005
  • BAppSc(Hons), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 2001
  • BAppSc(MedLabSci), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1999

Awards and honors

  • Women in Leadership Scholarship, 2018
  • Head of School Award for Excellence, 2018
  • Fellowship (2014-2017), The Baker Foundation and The Royal Children's Hospital Foudation "Women in Science" Fellowship, 2014
  • Travel Grant, LYMPHATIC EDUCATION AND RESEARCH NETWORK USA, 2014
  • The Baker Foundation and The Royal Children's Hospital Foudation "Women in Science" Fellowship, 2014
  • Poster Prize, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Early-Mid Career Research Best Poster Prize, 2013
  • Travel Grant, The Royal Childrens Hospital The Volunteers Nursing Travelling Scholarship, 2013
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation at the St Vincent's 2012 Research Week, St Vincent's Hospital, 2012
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation at the Australian Health and Medical Research Congress, Australian Vascular Biology Society, 2012
  • Travel Bursary, Australian Vascular Biology Society, 2012
  • Highest overall GPA MSc Nursing Science, The Head of th Department Postgraduate Prize, The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Nursing, 2011
  • Travelling grant, Galaxo-Smith Cline, 2007
  • PhD Scholarship, The University of Melbourne, 2005
  • Young Investigator Award, International Society for Fibrinolysis and Proteolysis, 2004
  • Oustanding student poster (scientific category, animal models), St Vincent's Hospital, 2004
  • Sir Albert Coates Young Achiever Award, received for outstanding sucess under disadvanaged circumstances, Rotary Club Melbourne, 2003
  • Sir Albert Coates Young Achiever Award (Rotary Club Melbourne), 2003
  • Evelyn McCoy PhD Research Scholarship, O'Brien Institute, 2002
  • Outstanding Honours Thesis, British Institute of Biomedical Science, 2000

Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My clinical research interests are focused on four areas: a) understanding the underlying causes of inborn and acquired lymphatic anomalies and how the presentation of these conditions impact patients and their families. b) long term complications in childhood cancer survivors including long-term surveillance, including ethical and social issues. c) the use of electronic medical records on improving the quality of healthcare delivery to disadvantaged communities d) Impact of personalised medicine on patient's expectations regarding their treatment outcomes Projects are available at Honours, Masters and PhD level. ently, research projects are available to the students both in the lab and in the clinical context at honours, masters and PhD level.