A Scientific Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists Australia, Associate Professor Elizabeth Algar is a Co-Chief Investigator on the AIM Brain project that has led to the successful implementation and NATA accreditation of a new diagnostic testing platform for paediatric brain cancers at the Victorian Clinical Genetics Service. With the AIM Brain project now complete, there remain many interesting research questions to be asked of the data generated and collaborations with Hudson researchers, Prof Ron Firestein and Dr Jason Cain in the area of paediatric cancer molecular genetics, are continuing. She previously (2012-2019) played a leading role in developing molecular pathology and molecular genetics on the Monash Health campus, in addition to managing an active research program in paediatric cancer.

Her significant body of work spanning the fields of paediatric cancer, human genetics, molecular diagnostics and enzymology comprises 75 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters and includes citations in the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database.

Selected publications

  • Saad MI, Alhayyani S, McLeod L, Yu L, Alanazi M, Deswaerte V, Tang K, Jarde T, Smith JA, Prodanovic Z, Tate MD, Balic JJ, Watkins DN, Cain JE, Bozinovski S, Algar E, Kohmoto T, Ebi H, Ferlin W, Garbers C, Ruwanpura S, Sagi I, Rose-John S, Jenkins BJ (2019) ADAM17 selectively activates the IL-6 trans-signaling/ERK MAPK axis in KRAS-addicted lung cancer. EMBO Mol Med 11. Pii: e9976.

  • Chang KTE, Tay AZE, Kuick CH, Chen H, Algar E, Taubenheim N, Campbell J, Mechinaud F, Campbell M, Super L, Chantranuwat C, Yuen ST, Chan JKC, Chow CW (2019) ALK-positive histiocytosis: an expanded clinicopathologic spectrum and frequent presence of KIF5B-ALK fusion. Mod Pathol 32: 598-608.

  • Dagar V, Hutchison W, Muscat A, Krishnan A, Hoke D, Buckle A, Siswara P, Amor DJ, Mann J, Pinner J, Colley A, Wilson M, Sachdev R, McGillivray G, Edwards M, Kirk E, Collins F, Jones K, Taylor J, Hayes I, Thompson E, Barnett C, Haan E, Freckmann ML, Turner A, White S, Kamien B, Ma A, Mackenzie F, Baynam G, Kiraly-Borri C, Field M, Dudding-Byth T, Algar EM (2018) Genetic variation affecting DNA methylation and the human imprinting disorder, Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. Clin Epigenetics 10:114.

  • Sandaradura SA, Bournazos A, Mallawaarachchi A, Cummings BB, Waddell LB, Jones KJ, Troedson C, Sudarsanam A, Nash BM, Peters GB, Algar EM, MacArthur DG, North KN, Brammah S, Charlton A, Laing NG, Wilson MJ, Davis MR, Cooper ST (2018) Nemaline myopathy and distal arthrogryposis associated with an autosomal recessive TNNT3 splice variant. Hum Mutat 39: 383-388.

  • Wood PJ, Strong R, McArthur GA, Michael M, Algar E, Muscat A, Rigby L, Ferguson M, Ashley DM (2018) A phase I study of panobinostat in pediatric patients with refractory solid tumors, including CNS tumors. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol 82:493-503.

  • Muscat AM, Wong NC, Drummond KJ, Algar EM, Khasraw M, Verhaak R, Field K, Rosenthal MA, Ashley DM (2017) The evolutionary pattern of mutations in glioblastoma reveals therapy-mediated selection. Oncotarget 9:7844-7858.

  • Dardis C, Yeo J, Milton K, Ashby LS, Smith KA, Mehta S, Youssef E, Eschbacher J, Tucker K, Dawes L, Lambie N, Algar E, Hovey E (2017) Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor: Two Case Reports and an Analysis of Adult Cases with Implications for Pathophysiology and Treatment. Front Neurol 8:247.

  • Berry W, Algar E, Kumar B, Desmond C, Swan M, Jenkins BJ, Croagh D (2017) Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspirate-derived preclinical pancreatic cancer models reveal panitumumab sensitivity in KRAS wild-type tumors. Int J Cancer 140:2331-2343.

  • Eggermann K, Bliek J, Brioude F, Algar E, Buiting K, Russo S, Tümer Z, Monk D, Moore G, Antoniadi T, Macdonald F, Netchine I, Lombardi P, Soellner L, Begemann M, Prawitt D, Maher ER, Mannens M, Riccio A, Weksberg R, Lapunzina P, Grønskov K, Mackay DJ, Eggermann T (2016) EMQN best practice guidelines for the molecular genetic testing and reporting of 11p15 Imprinting Disorders – Silver-Russell and Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. Eur J. Hum Genet 24:1377-1387.

  • Muscat A, Popovski D, Jayasekara WS, Rossello FJ, Ferguson M, Marini KD, Alamgeer M, Algar EM, Downie P, Watkins DN, Cain JE, Ashley DM (2016) Low-Dose Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor Treatment Leads to Tumor Growth Arrest and Multi-Lineage Differentiation of Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors. Clin Cancer Res 22:3560-3570.

  • Eggermann T, Brioude F, Russo S, Lombardi MP, Bliek J, Maher ER, Larizza L, Prawitt D, Netchine I, Gonzales M, Gronskov K, Tümer Z, Monk D, Mannens M, Chrzanowska K, Walasek MK, Begemann M, Soellner L, Eggermann K, Nevado J, Moore GE, Mackay DJ, Temple K, Gillessen-Kaesbach G, Ogata T, Weksberg R, Algar E, Lapunzina P (2016) Prenatal molecular testing for Beckwith-Wiedemann and Silver-Russell syndromes: A challenge for molecular analysis and genetic counselling. Eur J Hum Genet 24:784-793.

  • Heath JA, Smibert E, Algar EM, Dite GS, Hopper JL (2014) Cancer risks for relatives of children with cancer. J Cancer Epidemiol 2014:806076.

  • Eggermann T, Algar E, Lapunzina P, Mackay D, Maher ER, Mannens M, Netchine I, Prawitt D, Riccio A, Temple IK, Weksberg R (2014) Clinical utility gene card for: Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. Eur J Hum Genet 22. doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2013.132. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Bandopadhayay P, Jabbour AM, Riffkin C, Salmanidis M, Gordon L, Popovski D, Rigby L, Ashley DM, Watkins DN, Thomas DM, Algar E, Ekert PG (2013) The oncogenic properties of EWS/WT1 of desmoplastic small round cell tumors are unmasked by loss of p53 in murine embryonic fibroblasts.  BMC Cancer 13:585.