About Dr Viive Howell

My area of research is the genetics and molecular mechanisms of cancer. A major focus is translating our basic science research findings to improvements in clinical diagnosis

Since returning to Australia in July 2007, my research has focused primarily on ovarian cancer with goals of improving understanding of the causes and progression of this disease and identifying new biomarkers which may facilitate earlier diagnosis. To achieve these goals my research involves both in vivo and in vitro studies. I am developing novel genetic mouse models of ovarian cancer in which to study the complex interplay of hormonal, genetic and other factors that leads to this disease. In addition, I am undertaking in vitro studies to search for novel regulators of pathways that are implicated in cancer development. My research was highlighted by the NSW Minister for Medical Research at the launch of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in February 2009.

My PhD studies (2002 - 2004) led directly to improvements in the diagnosis of parathyroid cancer and papers arising from this work have been cited over 150 times. To add to my strengths in molecular genetics and translational cancer research gained from this and earlier work, I undertook post-doctoral training as an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow at the University of Michigan, USA (2005 - 2007). Here I gained valuable experience in developing in vivo models and established collaborations with world renowned mouse geneticists for my current work

Recent Awards: (2009) Best publication by a post-doctoral scientist (less than 5 years post-PhD), Kolling Institute of Medical Research (2009), CINSW Early Career Fellowship (2009), NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship (2005), Best Student Oral, Kolling Institute Science Research Meeting (2004), NHMRC Dora Lush Scholarship (2002), RNSH Cancer Memorial Scholarship (2002), Ramsay Study Fellowship (2002)

Other professional activities: current associate supervisor of a PhD student, and previous supervisor of 11 students; co-ordinator of Genomics Core instrument training; planning committee member, USYD Cancer Symposium (09);co-ordinator, RNSH Scientific Staff Council Forum Series (08-10); Co-editor, Kolling Community Newsletter (08-09); Invited speaker for community groups

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Dr Howell's publicatons, please visit her Sydney Medical School profile page.