The role of FANCM gene in inherited breast cancer

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Andrew Deans Personal web page

Project Details

1 in 10 breast cancers are due to inheritance of a predisposing gene. In half of these cases, the inherited gene mutation is in the well characterised BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. The normal function of BRCA1 and BRCA2 is in DNA repair, to suppress cancer by removing the damage to DNA that is caused by carcinogens. Over the last few years, many other DNA repair genes have been linked with familial breast cancer, including the FANCM gene.

Our lab studies the mechanism of DNA repair by the FANCM protein using cell-based and protein chemistry-based approaches.  This project will test the breast-cancer associated FANCM mutations in a set of assays so that we may determine why they predispose to breast cancer.

A combination of approaches will be used such as studies on chemotherapy toxicity, analysis of the FANCM knockout mouse, and purification of recombinant human FANCM using state-of-the-art protein expression systems. This project will be part of a larger Cancer Council-funded study into the role of DNA repair in cancer initiation and chemotherapy.

This project is conducted in St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, Genome Stability Unit.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Genome stability unit

Research Node

St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research

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