About the lab

Our specific research interests include:

  • Tumour biomarker research to predict cancer behaviour
  • Blood biomarker research, including prospective randomised trials, to better define risk of recurrence after surgery and to improve treatment selection
  • Laboratory models, including testing miniature cancers derived from patient biopsies, to predict response to treatment
  • Collecting comprehensive patient, treatment and outcome data to better measure quality and to identify opportunities for improved cancer treatment
  • Registry based clinical trials to improve and optimise use of available therapies
  • Interventional Clinical Trials partnering with cooperative groups such as the AGITG and others looking at interventional therapies and providing all aspects of clinical trials management.

Our mission

The Gibbs Lab team strive to positively impact the outcomes for all patients through its work in data registries, registry trials, blood biomarkers, organoids development, clinical trials and quality tools, translating basic research into clinical applications that can better serve cancer patients.


Members of the Gibbs Lab attending a conference
Above: Members of the Gibbs Lab attending a conference

Lab research projects

Lab team

The Gibbs Lab has been established with clinical leads for each of the tumour types to undertake translational research work to bridge the gap between science and clinical practice.

Each clinician is heavily involved in patient care and is well supported by a team that includes Research Fellows, Research Study Coordinators, Project Managers, Research Nurses and Clinical Project Officers. As well as support from Laboratory manager Maria Edmonds, Data Analysts Julie Johns, Biostatistician Wei Hong, Ethics and Governance team Evelyn Yip and Kristen Kiratzis and Admin support Soula Vissaris, Liz Jessup.

All tissue-based research is in collaboration with scientists within and outside of WEHI.

If you want to contact the Gibbs Lab with regards to any our work please contact edmonds.m@wehi.edu.au

46 members
Lab head
Honorary Clinical Research Fellow
Senior Clinical Research Fellow
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Sheau Lok
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Lucy Gately
Clinical Research Fellow
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Matthew Loft
PhD Student
Dr Elizabeth Liow
PhD Student
Dr Belinda Lee
PhD Student
Prof Tony Burgess
Honorary Research Fellow
Nadia Ayres
Project Officer – Research
Samuel Smith
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Iris Tung
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Andrisha Inderjeeth
Clinical Research Fellow
Siobhan Gallus
Research Study Coordinator
Mary Moody
Research Study Coordinator
Sophie O’Haire
Project Manager – Research
Kristen Kiratzis
Clinical Trials Assistant
Dr Ciara Conduit
Clinical Research Fellow
Thy Nguyen
Research Project Coordinator
Dr Kate Dunn
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Wei Hong
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Richard To
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Grace Gard
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Vanessa Wong
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Ben Markman
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Shehara Mendis
Clinical Research Fellow
Catherine Morton
Research Study Coordinator
Kelsey Serena
Research Tissue Coordinator
Sharen Gibbs
Research Study Coordinator
Megan Dumas
Project Manager – Research
Catherine McKay
Project Manager – Western Health
Dr Roslynn Stirzaker
Project Manager
Kristina Zlatic
Project Manager – Research
Dr Azim Jalali
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Arsha Anton
Clinical Research Fellow
Maria Edmonds
Senior Laboratory Manager
Tina Cavicchiolo
Research Study Coordinator – Eastern Health
Helen Brasier
Research Study Coordinator
Julie Johns
Data Analyst
Matthew Chapman
Senior Project Manager
Dr Michael Christie
Molecular Pathologist
Michael Harold
Senior Project Manager
Dr Marlyse Debrincat
Project Managr
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