Dr Ricky W. Johnstone
Head, Gene Regulation Laboratory, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Epigenetic and Immunological targets for cancer therapies
Professor Ricky Johnstone received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1993 and after a postdoc at Harvard Medical School returned to Melbourne to establish the Gene Regulation Laboratory at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in 2000. Professor Johnstone is the Assistant Director of Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and plays a key role in defining the strategic direction of the research division. He was awarded an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship in 2010 and an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship in 2014 and in 2011 was promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University Of Melbourne. He is a cancer researcher who has utilized genetic mouse models of hemopoietic malignancies and solid tumors to decipher the molecular events underpinning cancer cell death by new targeted anti-cancer agents such as histone deacetylase inhibitors. In 2008 Dr Johnstone and Dr Grant McArthur established the Cancer Therapeutics Program within the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to bring together a critical mass of researchers with the aim to translate fundamental research findings into clinical outcomes that will benefit cancer patients.