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OzMRS Committee

Meet the OzMRS committee

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Associate Professor Delphine Merino


As a member of the OzMRS committee, I am hoping to strengthen the network of scientists who are sharing a passion for metastasis research, to facilitate the integration of early career researchers, and to participate to scientific events that will foster collaborations between cancer researchers in Australiasia

Associate Professor Marina Pagic

Vice-President, Translational Research Engagement Co-Manager

I am highly passionate about understanding the mechanisms behind metastasis and clinical treatment failure, and will bring this passion to the OzMRS committee to help continue to broaden:

  • Membership engagement via existing roles in other fora (community roles and translational)

  • Research collaboration, encouraging cross-disciplinary research initiatives that explore new angles in metastasis research.

  • Mentorship and education, helping nurture the next generation of researchers, scientists to ensure the continuity and growth of the field, including continuing to identify new areas for the increased involvement of early-career researchers in OzMRS activities.

Dr Aadya Nagpal

Treasurer, Consumer Liaison

My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying cancer metastasis to specific organs and identifying the key factors that influence responses to anti-cancer therapies. As an active member of the OzMRS committee, I want to contribute towards providing support and opportunities for other researchers whose work seeks to advance the prevention and treatment of metastasis. I hope to contribute to organising metastasis-centric scientific events that foster collaboration between laboratory and clinical researchers in this field and promote engagement with consumers and advocacy groups to raise awareness about the importance of metastasis research.

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Dr Phillip Gregory 

Secretary, Consumer Liaison

As an OzMRS committee member I hope to Broaden  and enhance our network (and being the cell plasticity advocate!)

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Dr Thomas Cox 

Executive Board Member of International Metastasis Research Society (MRS)

It is immensely important that metastasis research continues to be supported at all levels. As an OzMRS committee member I will provide the support needed to take the OzMRS from strength-to-strength. In recent years the OzMRS has developed significantly, through embracing social media, refreshing our website, expanding membership and the fostering of the next-generation of metastasis researchers. I will continue to advocate for the support of metastasis early career researchers including financial support to our student/postdocs to attend metastasis-focussed meetings. As an Executive Board Member of our parent International Metastasis Research Society (MRS), I will foster greater communication to strengthen links with the International metastasis research community.

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Professor Frederic Hollande

Consumer Liaison Chair

As an OzMRS committee member i wish to promote collaboration within the metastasis research network

Associate Professor Kevin Spring


Associate Professor Belinda Parker

Translational Research Engagement Co-Manager

Dr Ann-Katrin Piper


As a member of the OzMRS conference organizing committee, I aim to connect researchers and facilitate collaboration and the sharing of research findings. Through collaboration I hope advancements in our understanding of cancer can be accelerated and contribute to the collective effort to combat this disease.

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Dr Amy Wilson

Digital Content Co-Manager

My research focuses on investigating the role of the deadliest population of ovarian cancer cells: leader cells, and finding ways to inhibit them, thereby eliminating ovarian cancer metastasis, recurrence and chemo-resistance.

During my time on the OzMRS committee, I aim to learn and to spread the word about the fabulous metastasis research being conducted throughout Australia.

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Hannah Neuendorf

Digital Content Co-Manager

My research focuses on the discovery of novel mechanisms driving melanoma cell survival during metastasis.

As an OzMRS committee member, I hope to advocate for the involvement of students, and contribute to the growth and sharing of metastasis research in Australia.

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Mogana Reckdharajkumar

Member, Consumer Liaison

My research focuses on understanding how fibroblasts aid in breast cancer metastasis. As an OzMRS committee member, I hope to be the voice of young scientists and help promote the wonderful metastasis research being conducted by young minds in Australia. 

Past Committee Members


Professor Rik Thompson

Founding Member

I am keen to see the organisation of metastasis researchers and clinicians across Australia, and promote the integration with the International MRS and other National metastasis societies. Through better communication, cooperation and collaboration we can achieve more than we would if working alone. I am also committed to the recruitment and training of new people in this field

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Professor Robin Anderson

Founding Member

My research focused on the development and use of syngeneic mouse models of spontaneous metastatic breast cancer for development of therapies to control advanced disease. 

Through OzMRS I hope to build a strong and collaborative community of Australian and New Zealand researchers interested in metastasis research.

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Dr Normand Pouliot

Past President 

My goal as president is to make OzMRS a key organisation in the Australasian region that connects bench scientists and clinical researchers with an interest in metastasis. I see the OzMRS as a central resource to inform researchers on new developments and opportunities in the field of metastasis and to encourage collaboration through skill and resource sharing.

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Dr Carmela Ricciardelli

Past Treasurer 

I endeavour to promote OzMRS, foster on going collaborations and develop new collaborations

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Professor Elizabeth Williams

Past Member

As an OzMRS committee member I hope to facilitate engagement and collaboration of Australasian metastasis researchers nationally and internationally. Raise the profile of Australasian metastasis researchers.

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Dr Adrian Wiegmans

Past Member

As an OzMRS committee member I hope to Act as a link between the ECLC of MRS and ozMRS and help early career OzMRS engage with MRS.

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Dr Maree Bilandzic

Past Member

I hope to provide a forum to showcase the fantastic work being conducted by Australian metastasis researchers and an opportunity for researchers to get together and communicate.

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Associate Professor Erica Sloan

Past Member

My research focuses on Understanding and targeting neural regulation of cancer to stop metastasis and improve treatment response.

As an OzMRS committee member, I aim to promote and contribute to the metastasis research community.

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Senior Professor Marie Ranson

Past Member

I have a long-standing interests in molecular biomarkers of metastasis with particular expertise in the urokinase plasminogen activation system field. As an OzMRS committee member I hope to help increase awareness of and appreciation of the importance of metastasis research in Australia to a broader audience

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Dr Kelly Avery-Kiejda

Past Member

I am an experienced cell and molecular biologist, and current convenor of the Newcastle ASMR Committee. A major obstacle for basic science researchers is identifying the pathway to translate our findings to the clinic. In light of the current funding schemes, we need strategies to ensure our basic researchers can thrive. The only way to achieve this is to work together with like-minded metastasis researchers and clinicians. On the OzMRS committee, I look forward to advocating the important research on metastases our Australasian colleagues are doing, as well as organising and promoting events that enhance the interactions and collaborations between these researchers.

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Dr Jacinta Simmons

Past Member

As a member of the OzMRS committee I hope to spread the word about the world class metastasis research being done in Australia.

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Charlotte Roelofs

Past Member

We aim to investigate the role of Myc in Triple Negative Breast Cancer dormancy.  I want to contribute to bridging the gap between scientists and the general public through clear communication.

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