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Professor Delia Nelson

Professor Delia Nelson Professor Delia Nelson

D. Nelson, BSc (Honours (UWA), PhD (UWA). Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Science of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia

Position Associate Professor
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
School School of Biomedical Sciences
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 305.119
Phone 08 9266 9785
Email Delia.Nelson@curtin.edu.au

Brief Summary

After gaining a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Microbiology and Organic Chemistry at the University of Western Australia (UWA) I became interested in asthma and allergy, and completed my Honours and PhD theses at the TVW Telethon Institute For Child Health Research (TICHR) in Perth, Western Australia. I then became an independently funded Senior Research Officer with the Department of Medicine, UWA, and I am now a Senior Research Fellow/Senior lecturer with the School of Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University. My current research interests include understanding how the immune system interacts with progressing solid tumours and to how to use immune-based therapies, gene therapies and/or vascular-targeting therapies to treat solid tumours. My research support includes funding from the Cancer Council of Western Australia, NH&MRC, the Australian Lung Foundation, the American-based Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) and the Dust Diseases Board of NSW.

Memberships, Awards and Training

December 2010     Founding Fellow, Faculty of Science, of the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia.

April 2009:   Awarded the 'Outstanding Merit Award' by the international  Editorial Board as the best paper published in 2008 in the journal International Immunology. Jackaman, Lew, Zhan, Allan, Koloska, Graham, Robinson and Nelson; 2008. Deliberately provoking local inflammation drives tumors to become their own protective vaccine site. Featured article in International Immunology, 20(11)1467-1479. Rated as exceptional in the Faculty of 1000 Biology.

March 2006:  Australian Lung Foundation Mesothelioma Research Award presented at the Thoracic Society for Australia and New Zealand annual scientific meeting in Canberra, 2006.

December 1992:   Today’s Life Science Young Investigator Award for the best student poster/paper presentation at the National Australasian Society for Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting.

June 1989:   Foundation Fellowship from the Australian Federation of University Women for work on the postnatal development of the immune component within the respiratory system, performed in Holland.

December 1988:   Bond Brewing Western Australia Tertiary Award for the best student completing the course for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours in Microbiology.

 

MEMBERSHIP OF LEARNED SOCIETIES

Australasian Society for Immunology (ASI) Inc.

Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)

Perth Mesothelioma Centre (PMC)

The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ)

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Employment History

May 2012 - Chairperson for the CHIRI Pathogenesis and Disease Management Program of Research

January 2009 – present: Senior Research Fellow/Senior lecturer with the school of Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University.

2003 to 2009: Research Fellow, Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University.

1997- 2003: Independently funded Senior Research Scientist with the Tumour Immunology Group, University Department of Medicine. UWA.

1994- 1997:  Research Officer, TVW Telethon Institute For Child Health Research, Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth.

1991-1994: Research Assistant, TVW Telethon Institute For Child Health Research.

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Teaching

TEACHING

 Immunology 334 and 432 (Unit coordinator and lecturer)

Molecular Genetics 233 (lecturer)

Vaccine Science 632 (postgrad unit for Masters of Biomedical Science degree (lecturer)

Immunobiology 236 and 233 (lecturer)

Advanced Specialisation 695 and 296 (a postgraduate unit for the Masters of Biomedical Science degree) (lecturer)

 

POSTGRADUATE STUDENT SUPERVISION

PHD students

  1. S. Mukherjee. ‘Gene Therapy of Lung Malignancy’. Passed 2001.
  2. C. Jackaman; ‘The effects of IL-2 and anti-CD40 antibody on mesothelioma’ Passed 2005.
  3. C. Bundell  ‘Immune recognition of multiple tumour antigens’ Passed 2007.
  4. A. Sherwood (co-supervisor with Dr. R. Lake and Prof. B. Robinson). Passed 2007. 
  5. B. Koloska ‘Targeting the tumor microenvironment as a novel immune-based treatment strategy. Biljana lost her battle with cancer in 2008.
  6. S. Cornwall ‘The effect of mesothelioma on dendritic cell subsets’. Enrolled March 2008.
  7. J. Gardner. Commenced her studies in March 2012.

Honours students

  1. S. Fisher (1999) Awarded first class Honours.

  2. C. Jackaman (2000) Awarded first class Honours.

  3. H. Currie (Awarded first class Honours.

  4. B. Koloska (2002) Passed  MSc

  5. S. Maher (2003) Awarded first class Honours.

  6. N. Pereira (2003) Awarded 2A Honours.

  7. A. Tie (2004). Awarded 2C Honours

  8. A. Maladovich (2005) Awarded 2A Honours.

  9. N. Kirima (2006) Awarded first class Honours.

      10. C. Anyaegbu (2007) Awarded first class Honours.

      11.  K. Beddoes (2008) Awarded first class Honours.

      12.  B. Ricciardo (2009) Awarded 2A Honours.

      13.  J. Gardner (2011) Awarded first class Honours.

      14. P. Patel  (2011) Awarded first class Honours.

      15. T. Yeoh  (2011) Awarded first class Honours.

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Research Interests

My current research interests include:

Understanding how the immune system interacts with progressing solid tumours.

Understanding how to use immune-based therapies, gene therapies and/or vascular-targeting therapies to treat solid tumours.

Understanding how nutrition, in particular lipids, minerals and metals, impact on healthy and anti-tumour immunity

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Publications

2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2006

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2005

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2003

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2001

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2000

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1999

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1998

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1997

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1996

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1995

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1994

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1991

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1990

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Additional publication categories

2017

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Jackaman, C., F. Tomay, L. Duong, N. Abdol Razak, F. Pixley, P. Metharom, and D. J. Nelson. 2017.“Aging and cancer: The role of macrophages and neutrophils.”Ageing Research Reviews 36. In press.
  • Margery-Muir, A., C. Bundell, D. J. Nelson, D. M. Groth, and J. Wetherall. 2017.“Gender balance in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.”Autoimmunity Reviews 16 (3): 258-268.
  • Nelson, D. J., B. Clark, K. Munyard, V. Williams, D. M. Groth, J. Gill, H. Preston, and A. Chan. 2017.“A review of the importance of immune responses in luminal B breast cancer.”OncoImmunology 6 (3).

2008

Book Chapters - Other

  • Nelson, D. J., and B. W. Robinson. 2008. “Chapter 15: Experimental Models of Mesothelioma.” In Textbook of Pleural Diseases, 2nd ed, ed. Richard W Light and Gary Lee, 187-X. London, United Kingdom: Hodder Arnold Publishers.

2006

Book Chapters - Other

  • Smith, A., S. Lansley, C. Jackaman, B. Koloska, S. Broomfield, B. Robinson, and D. J. Nelson. 2006. “Immunobiology of Malignant Mesothelioma.” In Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, 111-121. United Kingdom: .

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Van Der Most, R., B. Robinson, and D. J. Nelson. 2006.“Gene therapy for malignant mesothelioma: Beyond the infant years.”Cancer Gene Therapy 13 (10): 897-904.

2003

Book Chapters - Other

  • Nelson, D. J., R. Lake, and B. W. Robinson. 2003. “Experimental models of mesothelioma.” In Text Book of Pleural Diseases, ed. Joanna Koster, Sarah Burrows, 167-180. Great Britain: Hodder Arnold.

2002

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Stumbles, P. A., J. W. Upham, and D. J. Nelson. 2002.“Basic science funding in Australia: lessons from the EU.”Nature Immunology 3 (10): 885-885.

2001

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Robinson, B., B. Scott, R. Lake, P. Stumbles, D. J. Nelson, S. Fisher, and A. Marzo. 2001.“Lack of ignorance to tumor antigens: Evaluation using nominal antigen transfection and T-Cell receptor transgenic lymphocytes in Lyons-Parish analysis - Implications for tumor tolerance.”Clinical Cancer Research 7 (11 SUPPL.): 811s-817s.

1996

Book Chapters - Other

  • Holt, P., D. J. Nelson, A. McWilliam, D. Cooper, D. Strickland, and J. Upham. 1996. “Role of DCs, macrophages and T?d cells, in antigen processing and presentation in the respiratory mucosa.” In Essentials of Mucosal Immunology, 47-52. San Diego, California: .

1995

Book Chapters - Other

  • Holt, P., and D. J. Nelson. 1995. “Childhood Asthma and Other Wheezing Disorders..” In Childhood Asthma and Other Wheezing Disorders, 67-75. London: .
  • Holt, P., D. J. Nelson, and A. McWilliam. 1995. “Population dynamics and functions of respiratory tract dendritic cells in the rat..” In Dendritic Cells in Fundamental and Clinical Immunology, 177-181. New York: .
  • Holt, P., and D. J. Nelson. 1995. “Allergen presentation in the airways..” In Progress in Allergy and Clinical Immunology., 1-1. Stockholm: .
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Other Information

Invited reviewer For International Journals

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine; Anti-Cancer Drugs; British Journal of Cancer; Cancer Research; Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy; Immunology and Cell Biology; International Immunology; Journal of Leukocyte Biology.

 

Invited reviewer For Funding Bodies

  1. The National Health and Medical Research Council project grants (2011).
  2. NHMRC nominated assessor for grant applications to Cancer Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS) (2009)
  3. The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) (2008).
  4. The National Health and Medical Research Council project grants (2007).
  5. Sydney Cancer Centre Foundation Cancer Research grants
  6. Cancer Council Queensland project grants.
  7. Cancer Council NSW project grants.
  8. Independent referee for NH&MRC postgraduate scholarship.

CONFERENCE ORGANISATION/INVOLVMENT

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