Professor Jane Visvader
Joint Division Head, ACRF Cancer Biology and Stem Cells, and Joint Head, Breast Cancer Laboratory, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Prof Visvader carried out PhD studies in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Adelaide, and held subsequent positions as a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute, San Diego, and Research Associate/Instructor at the Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston.
In 1998, she made a transition to mammary gland development and breast cancer, with her appointment to the Victorian Breast Cancer Research Consortium as a Group Leader, based at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Important contributions that her group has made to the mammary gland field include the prospective isolation of both mouse and human mammary stem cells and the identification of luminal progenitors as the ‘cell of origin’ in BRCA1 mutation carriers.