Grant Dewson-Lab team

Grant Dewson-Lab team


Each member of our lab has their own research focus within the broader context of understanding the fundamental processes of apoptosis and mitochondrial quality control (mitophagy) and how these processes influence disease.
We collaborate widely within the Institute and also with external labs. Research positions are available for both PhD and Honours students with a passion for biological research and an interest in cancer biology.


Jonathan Bernardini, PhD Student, BSc(Hons) Melbourne

Project: Investigating the role of Parkin and Pink1 in the context of neuroblastoma

Key publication: Bernardini JP, Lazarou M, Dewson G. Parkin and mitophagy in cancer. Oncogene. 2017 Mar;36(10):1315-1327. PMID: 27593930


Shuai Huang, PhD Student, BSc Zhejiang

Project: Identifying and understanding novel regulators of apoptosis


Mark Li, PhD Student, BSc(Hons) Melbourne

Project: Characterizing the regulation and apoptotic function of BAK

Key publication: Li MX, Tan IKL, Ma SB, Hockings C, Kratina T, Dengler MA, Alsop AE, Kluck RM, Dewson G. BAK α6 permits activation by BH3-only proteins and homooligomerization via the canonical hydrophobic groove. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jul 18;114(29):7629-7634. PMID: 28673969


Iris Tan, Research Assistant, BSc (Hons) PhD Melbourne


Kristen Scicluna, Honours Student, BSc Melbourne

Super Content: 
Two male researchers standing in a laboratory

Our researchers have revealed how a key protein protects against the death of neurons that occurs in Parkinson's disease.