Understanding the relationship between nutrition and cancer (Metabolism, nutrition, tumour growth)
Dr Louise Cheng did her undergraduate studies at UNSW, before moving to the UK to undertake her PhD at Kings College London. She then undertook postdoctoral training at the National Institute for Medical Research in London, where she studied the mechanisms that underlie how organ size control is regulated, particular in the neural stem cell lineages. Her work was published in 2 primary publications in the journal Cell in 2008 and 2011.
Dr Cheng's research is supported by funding from the NHMRC and Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.
Education and training
King's College London 2006
University of New South Wales 1998
Available for supervision
Studies of neural stem cell biology in model organisms have revealed many similarities in the regulation of self-renewal, multi-potency and cell-fate determination between vertebrate and invertebrates. In the Stem Cell Growth Regulation Laboratory, researchers use the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to study the processes that regulate normal and tumour proliferation in the neural stem cells within the central nervous system. The research team, led by Dr Louise Cheng, is interested in understanding, at the experimental level, the relationship between nutrition and cancer, and investigate how metabolic rewiring helps fuel proliferative requirements of cancer.