Alistair Cook

Dr, BSc Aberd., PhD Edin.

  • The University of Western Australia (M503), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Following completion of his BSc (hons) in biochemistry at the University of Aberdeen, Alistair undertook his PhD in stem cell biology at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Stem Cell Research. Here, he studied the embryonic origins of the thymus – a key organ in adaptive immune system development. He joined NCARD in 2011, where he has been heavily involved with clinical trials of immunotherapy in mesothelioma. Immunotherapy can work well, but unfortunately for less than half of patients who receive it; Alistair’s work has focussed around looking for immune ‘biomarkers’ i.e. detectable signatures in the blood that may indicate whether a patient is likely to have a good response to the treatment. More recently, he has instigated a research program attempting to use radiotherapy as a tool to improve the likelihood of successful anti-tumour immunotherapy.

Education/Academic qualification

stem cell biology, PhD, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 30 Nov 2010

Industry keywords

  • Medicine and Pharma
  • Clinical Trials
  • Biotechnology

Research expertise keywords

  • Biomarkers
  • Flow cytometry
  • Mesothelioma
  • Cancer immunology
  • Immunotherapy


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