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Bill was awarded his PhD from the University of Adelaide in November 2016. He received a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. His supervisors were Professor Andreas Evdokiou & Dr Mark DeNichilo. The title of his thesis was “A novel role for peroxidases in breast cancer development progression and metastasis”. Bill was supported by a Faculty of Health Sciences Divisional Scholarship, and a Department of Surgery supplementary scholarship, from the University of Adelaide.


For more information please go to Bill’s University of Adelaide Researcher Profile.


Bill was recently awarded an NHMRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Early Career Fellowship (#1160000) for 2019-2022. The title of his project is “Stromal cell-derived factor Gremlin 1 promotes tumour growth and metastasis of breast cancer”. A brief description of the project:


Breast cancer (BrCa) is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide. BrCa cells rely on features of the tumour microenvironment (TME) to grow and spread to distant sites. A heightened level of Grem1 is found within the TME of many cancers and is associated with increased tumour growth and blood vessel density. This study aims to identify the role of Grem1 in promoting BrCa growth and spread and identify Grem1 is a viable target as a new strategy for the urgent treatment of BrCa.


2016: PhD, University of Adelaide

2002: Bachelor of Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, University of South Australia

2017: Early Career Fellowship, The Hospital Research Foundation, 2 years, $240,000

2017: Ross Wishart Memorial Award, Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR), $1000

2017: International Travel Award, University of Adelaide, $2930

2017: Early and Mid-Career Professional Development Program, University of Adelaide

2016: Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence, University of Adelaide

2016: Supervising Doctoral Studies Certificate, University of Adelaide

2015: Florey Medical Research Foundation Prize for Best Poster, University of Adelaide, $500

2014: Senior PhD Award for Best Oral Presentation, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH), $1000

2014: Florey Medical Research Foundation Prize for Best Poster, University of Adelaide, $500

2014: School of Medicine Prize for Best Poster, University of Adelaide, $250

2013: Faculty of Health Sciences Divisional Scholarship, University of Adelaide

2013: Breast Cancer Research Unit Supplementary Scholarship, Basil Hetzel Institute

2008: NHMRC, 10 of the Best Research Projects, Number 8

Read about Bill’s research in “Stopping breast cancer growth” on the Australian Breast Cancer Research website.

2017: Dinner with a Scientist, ASMR, Host and Organiser

2016: Hospital Research Home Lottery Launch, Researcher Interview, The Hospital Research Foundation

2016: Australian Breast Cancer Research Tour of the Basil Hetzel Institute

2016: The Longest Table Fund Raising Promotion, Today Show, Channel 9

2015: Researcher radio nterview, CoastFM 88.7, The Hospital Research Foundation

2014: Researcher TV interview, Channel 9 News

2014: Presentation and Q&A with members of the City of West Torrens Community Group, The Hospital Research Foundation community awareness program

2013: Presentation and Q&A with Woodville North Weight Watchers Community Group, The Hospital Research Foundation community awareness program

Photo: Bill was interviewed by Dave Hearn on Coast FM radio in December 2015.

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