Louise van der Weyden
2003 NHMRC Menzies Fellow
Scholarship biography (at time of award)
Dr Louise van der Weyden completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Technology, Sydney before going on to complete her PhD which focused on ATP-stimulated white cell maturation at the University of Sydney.
After completing her PhD, Dr van der Weyden worked as an Honorary Research Associate within the University of Sydney’s Department of Physiology.
Dr van der Weyden was awarded the fellowship to work within the department of Mouse Functional Genomics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom. Her research will focus on the identification of novel lung cancer tumour suppressor genes.
Studied at: Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Dr. van der Weyden is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI) in Cambridge, UK. She received her Ph.D. in cancer biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, before moving to the UK to work as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the WTSI. In Professor Allan Bradley’s laboratory her research focused on generating and characterising mouse models of cancer. This was further built on in Dr. David Adams’ laboratory where she used insertional mutagenesis (retroviruses and transposons) to identify genes that co-operate in tumorigenesis. Most recently, she has undertaken a research program that focuses on understanding the nature of metastasis, in particular melanoma metastasis. Her work includes investigation of the role of the host in the metastasis and cross-species comparisons of sequencing primary melanomas and their metastases.