Gastrointestinal Cancer Program

The Peter Mac Gastrointestinal Cancer Program provides a focus for clinical, preclinical, and basic science research across all cancers of the gastrointestinal tract (including oesophageal, gastric, colorectal and anal cancers).

The Peter Mac Gastrointestinal Cancer Program incorporates a world-class multi-disciplinary translational research program that responds to the needs of patients by:

(i) addressing critical clinical questions related to treatment and management of gastrointestinal cancer,

(ii) exploring the basic cellular and molecular biology underlying the development and progression of gastrointestinal malignancies, and

(iii) actively translating laboratory findings into the clinic.

The program currently consists of four laboratory-based groups within the Peter Mac Research Division led by Alex Boussioutas (gastric, oesophageal), Nick Clemons (oesophageal), Wayne Phillips (oesophageal, colorectal) and Rob Ramsay (colorectal, anal), and a surgical research team led by Professor Sandy Heriot (colorectal, anal).

We also have strong clinical links with additional surgeons and oncologists with our Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre partners and other Melbourne hospitals offering extensive training opportunities for postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and clinicians in basic, translational, and/or clinical research.

Program head

Group Leader, Senior Faculty
Head: Cancer Cell Biology Program; Group Leader, Senior Faculty

Research labs