Dr Jenny Wang is a Senior Lecturer and ARC Future Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Australia and a Group Leader of Cancer and Stem Cell Biology at Children's Cancer Institute. She received her PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Macquarie University, and undertook postdoctoral training with A/Prof Scott Armstrong in cancer stem cell biology at Harvard Medical School/Harvard Stem Cell Institute in Boston USA (2005–2011).
Since relocating from the USA in 2011, she has established an independent research group. Research in Jenny’s laboratory is focused on:
- better understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which genetic and epigenetic events are required for transforming normal stem/progenitor cells into aberrant stem cells
- identifying novel tumour-specific genetic and/or epigenetic genes and pathways
- investigating the delicate interplay between oncogenic pathways in leukaemia stem cells
- studying the interactions between the bone marrow microenvironment (or niche) and normal/abnormal blood stem cells for developing a comprehensive understanding of complex disease processes.
The ultimate goal of these studies is to develop cancer stem cell-targeted therapies that are more effective and less toxic for patients with cancer.