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Dr

Elaine Sanij

Honorary
The Sir Peter Maccallum Department Of Oncology
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
humans
animals
mice
biochemistry & molecular biology
transcription, genetic
oncology
rna polymerase i
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Dr

Elaine Sanij

 
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Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
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Dr

Elaine Sanij

 

Dr Sanij is an experienced cancer biologist, a Senior Research Fellow at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and a Victorian Cancer Agency Mid-Career Research Fellow (2020-2024).
Dr Sanij uses her expertise to develop effective therapeutic approaches for targeting relapsed ovarian cancer, which currently has limited treatment options and a poor survival outcome. She leads a group (2 research assistants and 2 students) within an inspiring and interactive collaborative program of consumers, scientists and clinicians with track records of successful collaborative translational research that established targeting RNA Polymerase I transcription using the novel drug CX-5461 as a new treatment paradigm in cancer therapy.

Dr Sanij discovered that tumours with defects in DNA repair are particularly sensitive to this therapy and focused her research on ovarian cancer given 50% of high grade serous ovarian cancers are defective in homologous recombination DNA repair. Furthermore, her work in biomarker and diagnostic screening assay development is part of successful and ongoing clinical trials. In 2018, she promoted translational cancer research in Victoria as part of a Victoria Government-Medical Research Trade Mission to Japan.
In 2018, Dr Sanij received the prestigious Highly Commended Peter Mac Lea Medal, which recognises outstanding emerging female research leaders and was the inaugural participant in a cancer research exchange program between the Peter Mac and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston to establish collaborations in novel DNA repair therapies to advance our expertise in the DNA repair field. Her trip to DFCI was announced by the Hon Jill Hennessy, Minister for Health via media release (15th March 2018). http://www.health.vic.gov.au/healthvictoria/apr18/boston.htm

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Credentials

Positions


Honorary

The Sir Peter Maccallum Department Of Oncology

Honorary

Clinical Pathology

Education


PhD

Monash University

Bsci(Hons - BioMed)

Monash University