“Unraveling and applying the mechanisms of low dose radiation responses in cancer treatment”
Prof. Sykes obtained her PhD in somatic cell genetics at the University of Adelaide in 1983. After a post-doctoral position at the University of Oklahoma, USA working on bacterial gene cloning she returned to Adelaide to the Flinders University to study residual disease in childhood leukaemia. She joined the Pathology Service at Flinders Medical Centre in 1989, becoming the Department Head of Genetics and Molecular Pathology in 2004, and is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Science in the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and is an Honorary Fellow of the Australasian Radiation Protection Society. Prof Sykes was appointed as Professor, Preventive Cancer Biology in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer at Flinders University in 2011.
Over the last 15 years her research has focussed on studying the biological effects of low dose ionising radiation. She is currently researching low dose radiobiology in the treatment of cancer. She has over 75 publications in the peer-reviewed literature and has collaborative low dose radio-biology projects in the USA, Canada and Italy. Current appointments include membership on state and national committees for radiation protection and she is an Associate Editor for the journal Radiation Research.