How do tumours compete with other tissues for resources?

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Louise Cheng Personal web page

Summary During cancer cachexia, tumours secrete signals to break down muscle and fat to promote its own growth, we are interested in the organ-crosstalk, and the signalling events which lead to organ-competition.


Dr Louise Cheng, Research Project Leader & Head of Laboratory


Dr Patricia Jusuf, School of Biosciences, University of Melbourne

Research Publications

Froldi F, Pachnis P, Szuperák M, Costas O, Fernando T, Gould AP, Cheng LY. Histidine is selectively required for the growth of Myc-dependent dedifferentiation tumours in the Drosophila CNS. EMBO J, 2019. (Cover Image). PMID: 30804004

Vissers JHA#, Froldi F#, Schroder J, Papenfuss AT, Cheng LY*, Harvey KF* (2018). The Scalloped and Nerfin-1 transcription factors cooperate to maintain neuronal cell fate. Cell Rep. Nov 6;25(6): 1561-1567 (# equal contribution, *Joint senior authors). PMID: 30404010

Froldi F, Szuperak M, Weng CF, Shi W, Pappenfus T, Cheng LY (2015). The transcription factor Nerfin-1 prevents reversion of neurons into neural stem cells. Genes Dev. 29(2):129-143. PMID: 25593306

Cheng LY, Bailey AP, Leevers SJ, Ragan TJ, Driscoll PC, Gould AP (2011). Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase Spares Organ Growth during Nutrient Restriction in Drosophila. Cell. 146(3):435–447. PMID: 21816278

Faculty Research Themes

Cancer, Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Cancer in Biomedicine, Biomedical Neuroscience, Stem Cells

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Anatomy and Neuroscience

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Cheng laboratory: Stem cell and organ size control regulation

Research Node

Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute

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