SAiGENCI is an independent cancer-focused medical research institute located in South Australia; focusing on cancer research and clinical trials, which will include new cutting-edge technologies in immunotherapies and genomics.

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Featured projects

Towards the future: improving survivorship for children with brain cancer

Brain cancer is the most common solid tumour of childhood and most lethal type of cancer in Australian children.

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Unlocking the mysteries of prostate cancer

The SAiGENCI team is creating a comprehensive data repository and applying machine learning to uncover revolutionary insights for prostate cancer treatment and prevention.

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Leadership appointments

Professor Christopher Sweeney

Professor Christopher Sweeney is SAiGENCI's inaugural Director.

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Professor Jose Polo

Professor Jose Polo has been appointed Program Lead for Cancer Epigenetics in SAiGENCI to build the epigenetics capacity within the Institute.  Professor Polo will establish the Adelaide Centre for Epigenetics (ACE). 

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Professor Brendan Jenkins

Professor Brendan Jenkins joins SAiGENCI as Program Lead, Tumour Inflammation and Immunotherapy.

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Scientific appointments

Dr Stefano Mangiola

Dr Stefano Mangiola is a Group Leader at SAiGENCI and a VCA Fellow in computational cancer immunology.  He leads the Computational Cancer Immunogenomics laboratory at SAiGENCI in the Resistance Prevention program.

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Dr Qi Zhang

Dr Qi Zhang is SAiGENCI's first EMBL Australia Group Leader in the Cancer Epigenetics program.

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Dr Fuyi Li

Dr Fuyi Li is establishing a research group focusing on developing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning approaches for cancer research as a Group Leader in the Computational Systems Oncology program.

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Dr Yannan Yang

Dr Yannan Yang is Group Leader, Biomaterials and Immune Engineering Laboratory (BIEL) within the Tumour Inflammation and Immunotherapy program.

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Dr Luke Isbel

Dr Luke Isbel holds a joint Group Leader appointment within the South Australian immunoGENomics Cancer Institute (SAiGENCI) and the Adelaide Centre for Epigenetics (ACE), where he will focus on the role of chromatin in development and in disease states like cancer.

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Dr Adrienne Sullivan

Dr Adrienne Sullivan holds a Group Leader joint appointment with the Adelaide Centre for Epigenetics (ACE) and SAiGENCI as Head of Development and Epigenetics Laboratory with ACE and SAiGENCI's Cancer Epigenetics program.

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Professor Lisa Butler

Professor Lisa Butler has been appointed Lead SAiGENCI Associate in SAHMRI, and Prostate Cancer Theme Lead in the Hormone Dependent Cancers Program. She will also lead SAiGENCI’s Graduate Program for HDR and Honours students.

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Associate Professor Luciano Martelotto

Associate Professor Luciano Martelotto has been appointed to establish a Single Cell and Spatial Technologies Lab for SAiGENCI.

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Professor Jose Polo elected as 2024 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science

SAiGENCI are thrilled to congratulate Professor Jose Polo on his election as a 2024 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.



“I’m still alive because of it”: Cancer survivor’s research request

An Adelaide mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37 has urged people to dig deep to support cancer research, saying she wouldn’t be here today if not for science and her young daughter. 





The Adelaide Cancer Seminar Series

The Adelaide Cancer Seminar Series are jointly organised by the South Australian immunoGENomics Cancer Institute (SAiGENCI), Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).  The aim of the seminar series is to forge links across the research community, foster collaborative links between the researchers within Australia and internationally and to showcase outstanding research being conducted around Australia by top scientists.


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