As the only cancer research site embedded in a specialist public cancer hospital in Australia, Peter Mac's perpetual cancer research cycle is unique in Australia; clinicians take their observations from the clinic and share them with their laboratory colleagues and, in turn, researchers plan their research directions with patients in mind.
The work of our 520-strong research team includes managing the genetic risk of cancer, detecting cancer earlier through better diagnostic tools, understanding and controlling the molecular causes behind the growth and spread of cancer, developing promising new therapies through trials in the clinic, improving the safety and effectiveness of cancer medicine, surgery and radiation therapy, all while seeking to improving the patient experience and personalise treatment according to the unique profile of every patient and their cancer.
Peter Mac's research is enabled by expert staff and cutting-edge infrastructure.
Technology experts put the power of cutting edge infrastructure in the hands of laboratory teams, enabling sophisticated experiments that accelerate their research, while in the clinic, specialist groups provide the expertise to support complex logistical needs of clinical trials; enable clinical research to improve the delivery of radiation therapy, surgery and medicine; and facilitate interaction with industry.
Peter Mac has shared a strong and longstanding affiliation with The University of Melbourne, which was strengthened in 2012 when the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology was established as a department of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
Peter Mac can directly enrol graduate research students to The University of Melbourne's Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy research higher degree programs.
The University of Melbourne Doctor of Medical Science and Master of Surgery students who undertake projects at Peter Mac and who are enrolled through other departments are also fully supported by Peter Mac's education program.
Entry to the Honours program is based on available projects, suitability and academic background.
Honours students are enrolled at The University of Melbourne through the departments of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
- Enquiry contact
- Dr Caroline Owen, Graduate Research Administrator
- 03 9656 1930
The Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology is located within the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. The co-location of research and research training capability with a hospital dedicated to cancer treatment, enables researchers and clinicians to work side-by-side to make significant contributions to basic research, translational research and clinical trials for cancer. Key research programs are in the areas of Cancer Cell Biology, Cancer Immunology, Cancer Genomics, Growth Control and Differentiation, Molecular Imaging and Translational Medicine and Cancer Therapeutics. These are underpinned by an extensive infrastructure of core facilities including advanced microscopy, bioinformatics, flow cytometry and cell sorting, functional genomics and sequencing technology, microarray technology, molecular pathology, a tissue and tumour bank, and a transgenic and SPF facility.
Further information on Research Training at The Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology and research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is available.
Head of Department
Professor Joseph Trapani is the inaugural Head of Department of the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, and Executive Director, Cancer Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He combines these roles with his role as head of the Cancer Immunology Program at Peter Mac.
Peter Mac's main campus is located in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Parkville.