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 university’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
What we offer
The Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, located within the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, brings to the university the strengths of world-class laboratory and clinical research conducted within a public cancer hospital including:
- the largest cancer research group in Australia, with laboratory-based researchers and clinicians working alongside each other
- a strong academic program, driven by internationally renowned laboratory and clinical researchers, with a strong focus on educating future generations of cancer researchers
- highly sophisticated equipment and technology, enabling complex research projects through access to cutting-edge core research technology platforms
- a cancer stream-based and holistic model of care where multidisciplinary experts come together to provide tailored treatment at all stages of a patient’s disease, across all common and rare cancer types.
The co-location of research and research training capabilities 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.
Head of department: Professor Joseph A Trapani
Professor Joseph Trapani is the inaugural head of department of the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, and executive director of 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.
"The University of Melbourne's Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, based at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, hosts a pre-eminent academic program, driven by internationally renowned laboratory and clinician researchers, with a strong focus on educating future generations of cancer researchers.
"More than ever, our laboratory-based and clinician researchers are working together; sharing ideas, challenging current thought and driving the really important questions through the research cycle to benefit cancer patients everywhere. At a time of extraordinarily rapid advances in the understanding of cancer biology and accelerated translation of research findings to the clinic, Peter Mac provides an exciting environment for cancer research."
Research grants and funding
Peter Mac’s status as a department of the University of Melbourne allows the submission of all research grant applications, by department staff or students, through the University Research Office, Research, Innovation and Commercialisation Office (RIC). RIC administers successful grants for their contracted period.
The Peter Mac grants team works closely with RIC and assists all staff in the preparation of applications, and in the administration and management of all agreements and reporting associated with successful grants.
Peter Mac is home to more than 100 research students undertaking Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Medical Science (DMedSci), Master of Surgery, Master of Medicine and honours research programs.
Most students completing projects at Peter Mac are enrolled through the University of Melbourne. We also host students from other universities throughout Australia and overseas.
Peter Mac and the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology also provide research placements for medical research programs, international postgraduate students, undergraduate students associated with the Summer Vacation Research Program, undergraduate work experience and undergraduate research projects undertaken in the laboratories. The cancer research team at Peter Mac also offers opportunities to take part in a school science experience program in our laboratories.
Becoming a student
Visit the following pages for information on becoming a student in the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology:
- Research education
- Postgraduate research
- Honours research education
- Research internships and placements.
Dr Caroline Owen
Graduate Research Administrator, Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology
Email: [email protected]