Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Vannessa’s research focuses on understanding genetic differences between individuals and how these differences (variations or mutations) influence the risk of developing common human cancers. She is also interested in the rate of cancer development, patient outcomes and individual responses to therapeutic intervention. Her most significant work has been in understanding what predisposes men to prostate cancer. In 2008 she and her team begun work on the Tasmanian Devil to help comabt the deadly facial tumour disease.