• The University of Western Australia (M560), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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A/Prof Endersby is a world-renowned childhood brain cancer scientist with a track record of exceptional scientific leadership. A/Prof Endersby is the scientific head and co-leader of the Brain Tumour Research Team at Telethon Kids Institute, bringing together a scientifically diverse team of multi-national preclinical and clinical researchers to achieve demonstrated improved clinical outcomes for childhood brain cancer. 

Funding overview

A/Prof Endersby has attracted more than $11 million in competitive funding from the NHMRC, MRFF, ARC and Cancer Australia, among others.

Industrial relevance

A/Prof 's international standing is recognised by her active role within the Collaborative Network for Neuro-Oncology Clinical Trials (CONNECT) Preclinical Steering Committee (USA, Europe & Aus) and the CNS Tumours Group of the Australian / New Zealand Children's Haematology & Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) where she interrogates preclinical studies of new therapies to decide which clinical trials should be made available within Australia. Her national recognition is evidenced by positions on committees such as the Brain Tumour Expert Group of the ZERO Childhood Cancer Program (Australia's largest childhood cancer personalised medicine program), Joint leader of the national ZERO2 Preclinical Research Strategy Working Group working towards enhanced support for basic and translational childhood cancer research in Australia and she is an invited member to the organising committee for Australia's premier Lorne Cancer Conference. 

Teaching overview

A/Prof currently supervises 6 postdocs, 3 PhD students, 6 research assistants and 1 honours student.

Completions include 4 PhD, 3 Masters, 11 Honours, 5 MD/MBBS research students, 6 Cancer Council WA Vacation Scholars. A/Prof Endersby has hosted 19 high school students, 2 of whom won gold medals at international science competitions.


A/Prof Endersby has made over 76 oral presentations, with 60 of those being invited, 14 at international conferences and 4 as a Keynote speaker. In addition to roles on prestigious international brain cancer committees, A/Prof Endersby was invited to Chair the Commonwealth Government's Australian Brain Cancer Mission Evaluation Advisory Panel (2022 - 2023). She also has roles on the Brain Perioperative Clinical Trial Program (BrainPOP) Assessment Committee, Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology and Brain Cancer Biobank Australia.

Community engagement

A/Prof Endersby established the Telethon Kids Institute Cancer Centre Consumer Reference Group in 2016 and has well-developed and ongoing consumer input into her preclinical and clinical research. She promotes cancer research through community conversations, lab tours, donor meetings and social media and encourages her team to participate in community engagement.

Education/Academic qualification

Acute myeloid leukaemia, PhD, Madm, a novel adaptor protein that associates with Myeloid Leukaemia Factor 1., Curtin University

Award Date: 3 Dec 2003

Prostate cancer, Honours, Regulation of homeobox genes in prostate cancer cells by all-trans retinoic acid., Curtin University

Award Date: 1 Dec 1998

Molecular Genetics, BSc, Curtin University

Award Date: 1 Dec 1997

External positions

Head, Brain Tumour Research, Telethon Kids Institute

2011 → …

Industry keywords

  • Clinical Trials
  • Not for Profit
  • Medicine and Pharma

Research expertise keywords

  • Brain tumours
  • Cancer biology
  • Mouse models
  • Signal transduction
  • Cancer genetics
  • Radiation oncology
  • Neurobiology
  • Oncoproteins and tumour suppressor proteins
  • Preclinical models of disease (specifically murine models)
  • Targeted therapy


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