PROFILE

Associate Professor Katie Meehan

Started at UWA: 2013

Advancing cancer testing for improved health

Approximately one out of two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. I have a passion to reduce the burden of cancer and am working closely with outstanding clinicians and scientists to achieve this.Professor Katie Meehan

Associate Professor Katie Meehan is Head of The University of Western Australia’s Cancer Biology Division within the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Following nearly a decade of national and international research and teaching experience in cancer biology and pathology, Associate Professor Meehan has been published in close to 40 high quality journals and received more than $1.8 million in funding.

Over recent years, Associate Professor Meehan has been working on a blood test to detect breast cancer progression or relapse much earlier than current mammogram, MRI or biopsy methods. As well as collaborating with medical oncologist Dr Andrew Redfern to defeat the Indigenous disadvantage in breast cancer survival.

With medical oncologist Dr Annette Lim, Associate Professor Meehan has been investigating the clinical potential of exosomes in disease monitoring of cancer progression, relapse and response to treatment for patients with head and neck cancer and breast cancer. 

Also with Dr Lim, Associate Professor Meehan has been looking at the mechanisms that facilitate the metastatic potential in oral carcinomas.

Another project Associate Professor Meehan has been working on includes unravelling the complexity of carcinoma of unknown primary for better patient outcomes.

Associate Professor Meehan graduated with First Class Honours from Curtin University in 1998, completed a PhD from UWA in 2002, and achieved a Graduate Certificate in Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Curtin University in 2015.

She has previously worked at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver, Canada, the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA and the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia.

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Excellence in Teaching Award, UWA, 2017

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Early Career Researcher Media Coverage Award, UWA, 2016

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Fay Gale Fellowship, UWA, 2014

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Witchery and Maddison Ovarian Cancer Research Fellow, Prince Henry’s Institute for Medical Research, Victoria, 2009-2010

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Prize for presenting at 14th World Congress of Gynaecological Endocrinology in Florence, Italy, 2009

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Keystone conference scholarship (DOE grant award), 2003

Simple blood test could be used to detect breast cancer

Funding


2015-2018

Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Conjoint Grant

  • Assessing the prognostic value of mechanisms that facilitate the metastatic potential in oral carcinomas.

2017

NH&MRC Equipment Grant

  • The iCelligence System

Cancer Council WA Project Grant

  • Improved HER2 testing towards better breast cancer outcomes

Cancer Council WA Project Grant

  • Improving Aboriginal Breast Cancer Outcomes

Cancer Council WA Collaborative Research Scheme

  • Defeating the Deficient in Aboriginal Breast Cancer Outcomes

Cancer Research Trust

  • Enabling Advanced Single Cell Cancer Genomics in Western Australia.

2016

Cancer Council WA Collaborative Research Scheme

  • Understanding the Role of Melanoma Exosomes in Intercellular Communication

More grants and publications.

Teaching

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