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Dr Elin Gray

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2756, Mobile: 0406840197, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO17.309
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2756
Mobile: 0406840197
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO17.309  


Elin is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Melanoma within the School of Medical and Health Sciences.


  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), South Africa, 2008.
  • M (Master Degree), Cuba, 2001.
  • B (Bachelor Degree), Cuba, 1997.


Recent Research Grants

  • Liquid biopsy for personalised monitoring of melanoma patients ,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Development Grants,  2017 - 2020,  $950,389.
  • A Blood Based `Liquid Biopsy? to Improve Healthcare for Metastatic Melanoma Patients,  Department of Health WA,  SHRAC Research Translation Projects,  2016 - 2019,  $4,075,030.
  • Characterisation of Melanoma Circulating Tumour Cells for Personalised Treatment,  Cancer Research Trust,  Postdoctoral Fellowship,  2014 - 2019,  $830,000.
  • Predictive significance of circulating tumour cells (CTCs), circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) and serum vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in advanced melanoma patients treated with pembrolizumab,  Merck Sharp and Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $73,300.
  • Genetic Analysis of Blood Markers for Prognosis in Patients with Uveal Melanoma,  University of Western Australia,  Raine Foundation Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $100,000.
  • Circulating Tumour DNA to Predict and Monitor Treatment Response and Detect Acquired Resistance in Patients with Metastatic Melanoma,  Ramaciotti Foundation,  Grant,  2015 - 2018,  $99,911.
  • Blood based biomarkers predictive of treatment efficacy in metastatic melanoma,  Spinnaker Health Research Foundation,  Collaborative Research Partnership Grants,  2017 - 2018,  $107,448.
  • Blood Based Biomarkers Predictive of Treatment Response in Melanoma,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $246,822.
  • Understanding the Role of Melanoma Exosomes in Intercellular Communication,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Collaborative Cancer Grant Scheme,  2017,  $43,230.
  • NHMRC Fellowship 'near-miss' funding,  Department of Health WA,  Near Miss Merit Awards,  2016 - 2017,  $50,000.
  • Western Australia Single-Cell Isolation and Genomics Preparation Facility,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2017,  $430,000.
  • Using a Functional Protein Array to Identify Autoantibody Biomarkers with Diagnostic Potential for Melanoma,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Development Grants,  2014 - 2017,  $778,368.
  • New Independent Research Infrastructure Support Award 2016,  Department of Health WA,  New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) Awards,  2016 - 2017,  $10,000.
  • Gene expression profiling of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) isolated from metastatic melanoma patients using a microfluidic chip,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant - Early Career Investigator,  2016 - 2017,  $35,000.
  • Circulating Melanoma Cells as Predictive Biomarkers of Treatment Response and Disease Status,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $111,519.
  • Circulating Tumour Cells (CTCs) as a diagnostic tool to monitor disease progression in melanoma patients,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 1),  2015 - 2016,  $137,227.
  • Mass Cytometry: A breakthrough in multidimensional systems biology,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2015 - 2016,  $1,081,489.
  • Melanoma Mutation Profiling For Personalised Treatment,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2013 - 2016,  $765,359.
  • A Single-Molecule Super-Resolution Microscopy Facility in Western Australia,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2016,  $2,094,000.
  • Transcriptomic profiling of Circulating Tumour Cells (CTCs) isolated from metastatic melanoma patients,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Medical and Health Sciences Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016,  $10,000.
  • Detection of Vemurafenib Resistance in Circulating Tumour Cells for Personalised Treatment of Melanoma,  Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research,  Scott Kirkbride Melanoma Research Centre - Discovery Research Priming Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $68,182.
  • Genetic Analysis of Melanoma Cells in Blood For Personalised Treatment Management,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2013,  2013 - 2014,  $24,083.
  • Expanding Capacity and Capability in Western Australian Flow Cytometry for Earth, Oceans, Environmental and Biomedical Science: State-of-the-Art Four Laser and 12 Colour Analysis,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2012 - 2013,  $598,000.
  • Detection of stem cell markers expression in circulating melanoma cells using multiparameter flow cytometry as a prognosis tool,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012 - 2013,  $19,480.
  • Neon Transfection System and Biomedical Research Grade -30oC Freezer for Alzheimer?s and Melanoma Research,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Equipment Grant 2011,  2011 - 2012,  $10,927.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Freeman, J., Gray, E., Ziman, M., (2015), Circulating Tumor Cells as Biomarkers in Cancer. Biomarkers in Cancer, 31-51, London, UK, DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7681-4_21.

Journal Articles

  • Calapre, L., Gray, E., Kurdykowski, S., David, A., Hart, P., Descargues, P., Ziman, M., (2016), Heat-mediated reduction of apoptosis in UVB-damaged keratinocytes in vitro and in human skin ex vivo. BMC Dermatology, 16(1), Article no. 6, London, UK, DOI: 10.1186/s12895-016-0043-4.
  • Zaenker, P., Gray, E., Ziman, M., (2016), Autoantibody Production in Cancer?The Humoral Immune Response toward Autologous Antigens in Cancer Patients. Autoimmunity Reviews, 15(5), 477-483, DOI: 10.1016/j.autrev.2016.01.017.
  • Richardson, S., Gray, E., Mkhize, N., Sheward, D., Lambson, B., Wibmer, C., Masson, L., Werner, L., Garrett, N., Passmore, J., Karim, Q., Karim, S., Williamson, C., Moore, P., Morris, L., (2015), South African HIV?1 subtype C transmitted variants with a specific V2 motif show higher dependence on a?4?7 for replication. Retrovirology, 12(1), Article no. 54, DOI: 10.1186/s12977-015-0183-3.
  • Gray, E., Reid, A., Bowyer, S., Calapre, L., Siew, K., Pearce, R., Cowell, L., Frank, M., Millward, M., Ziman, M., (2015), Circulating Melanoma Cell Subpopulations: Their Heterogeneity and Differential Responses to Treatment. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 135(8), 2040-2048, London, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1038/jid.2015.127.
  • Reid, A., Freeman, J., Millward, M., Ziman, M., Gray, E., (2015), Detection of BRAF-V600E and V600K in melanoma circulating tumour cells by droplet digital PCR. Clinical Biochemistry, 48(15), 999-1002, Philadelphia, USA, DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2014.12.007.
  • Bandawe, G., Moore, P., Werner, L., Gray, E., Sheward, D., Madiga, M., Nofemela, A., Thebus, R., Marais, J., Maboko, L., Karim, S., Hoelscher, M., Morris, L., Williamson, C., (2015), Differences in HIV type 1 neutralization breadth in 2 geographically distinct cohorts in Africa. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 211(9), 1461-1466, DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jiu633.
  • Gray, E., Rizos, H., Reid, A., Boyd, S., Pereira, M., Lo, J., Tembe, V., Freeman, J., Lee, J., Scolyer, R., Siew, K., Lomma, C., Cooper, A., Khattak, M., Meniawy, T., Long, G., Carlino, M., Millward, M., Ziman, M., (2015), Circulating tumor DNA to monitor treatment response and detect acquired resistance in patients with metastatic melanoma. Oncotarget, 6(39), 42008-42018, New York, USA, DOI: 10.18632/oncotarget.5788.
  • Richardson, S., Gray, E., Mkhize, N., Sheward, D., Lambson, B., Wibmer, CK., Masson, L., Werner, L., Garrett, N., Passmore, J., Abdool Karim, Q., Abdool Karim, S., Williamson, C., Moore, P., Morris, L., (2015), South African HIV-1 subtype C transmitted variants with a specific V2 motif show higher dependence on a?4?7 for replication. Retrovirology , 12(54), Article Number 54, DOI: 10.1186/s12977-015-0183-3.
  • Moody, A., Gao, F., Gurley, T., Amos, J., Kumar, A., Hora, B., Marshall, D., Whitesides, J., Xia, S., Parks, R., Lloyd, K., Hwang, K., Lu, X., Bonsignori, M., Finzi, A., Vandergrift, N., Alam, M., Ferrari, G., Shen, X., Tomaras, G., Kamanga, G., Cohen, M., Sam, N., Kapiga, S., Gray, E., Tumba, N., Morris, L., Zolla-Pazner, S., Gorny, M., Mascola, J., Hahn, B., Shaw, G., Sodroski, J., Liao, H., Montefiori, D., Hraber, P., Korber, B., Haynes, B., (2015), Strain-Specific V3 and CD4 Binding Site Autologous HIV-1 Neutralizing Antibodies Select Neutralization-Resistant Viruses. Cell Host and Microbe, 18(3), 354-362, DOI: 10.1016/j.chom.2015.08.006.
  • Klinac, D., Gray, E., Freeman, J., Reid, A., Bowyer, S., Millward, M., Ziman, M., (2014), Monitoring changes in circulating tumour cells as a prognostic indicator of overall survival and treatment response in patients with metastatic melanoma. BMC Cancer, 14(1), Article number 423, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2407-14-423.
  • Moore, PL., Sheward, D., Nonyane, M., Ranchobe, N., Hermanus, T., Gray, E., Karim, SS., Williamson, C., Morris, L., (2013), Multiple pathways of escape from HIV broadly cross-neutralizing V2-dependent antibodies. Journal of Virology, 87(9), 4882-4894, United States, DOI: 10.1128/JVI.03424-12.
  • Lacerda, M., Moore, P., Ngandu, N., Seaman, M., Gray, E., Murrell, B., Krishnamoorthy, M., Nonyane, M., Madiga, M., Wibmer, C., Sheward, D., Bailer, R., Gao, H., Greene, K., Karim, S., Mascola, J., Korber, B., Montefiori, D., Morris, L., Williamson, C., Seoighe, C., (2013), Identification of broadly neutralizing antibody epitopes in the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein using evolutionary models. Virology Journal, 10(Article no. 347), 18 p., London, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1186/1743-422X-10-347.
  • Wibmer, C., Bhiman, J., Gray, E., Tumba, N., Abdool Karim, SS., Williamson, C., Morris, L., Moore, P., (2013), Viral Escape from HIV-1 Neutralizing Antibodies Drives Increased Plasma Neutralization Breadth through Sequential Recognition of Multiple Epitopes and Immunotypes. PLoS Pathogens, 9(10), 16p., United States, DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1003738.
  • Calapre, L., Gray, E., Ziman, M., (2013), Heat stress: a risk factor for skin carcinogenesis. Cancer Letters, 337(1), 35-40, Ireland.
  • Klinac, D., Gray, E., Milward, M., Ziman, M., (2013), Advances in personalized targeted treatment of metastatic melanoma and non-invasive tumor monitoring. Frontiers in Oncology, 3(March 2013), Article 00054, DOI: 10.3389/fonc.2013.00054.
  • Alexandre, K., Moore, P., Nonyane, M., Gray, E., Ranchobe, N., Chakauya, E., McMahon, J., O'Keefe, B., Chikwamba, R., Morris, L., (2013), Mechanisms of HIV-1 subtype C resistance to GRFT, CV-N and SVN. Virology, 446(1-2), 66-76, DOI: 10.1016/j.virol.2013.07.019.
  • Archary, D., Rong, R., Gordon, M., Boliar, S., Madiga, M., Gray, E., Dugast, A., Hermanus, T., Goulder, P., Coovadia, H., Werner, L., Morris, L., Alter, G., Derdeyn, C., Ndung'u, T., (2012), Characterization of anti-HIV-1 neutralizing and binding antibodies in chronic HIV-1 subtype C infection. Virology, 433(2), 410-420, DOI: 10.1016/j.virol.2012.08.033.
  • Moore, P., Gray, E., Wibmer, CK., Bhiman, J., Nonyane, M., Sheward, D., Hermanus, T., Bajimaya, S., Tumba, N., Abrahams, M., Lambson, B., Ranchobe, N., Ping, L., Ngandu, N., Karim, Q., Karim, S., Swanstrom, R., Seaman, M., Williamson, C., Morris, L., (2012), Evolution of an HIV glycan?dependent broadly neutralizing antibody epitope through immune escape. Nature Medicine, 18(11), 1688-1692, DOI: 10.1038/nm.2985.
  • Lynch, R., Tran, L., Louder, M., Schmidt, S., Cohen, M., Dersimonian, R., Euler, Z., Gray, E., Karim, S., Kirchherr, J., Montefiori, D., Sibeko, S., Soderberg, K., Tomaras, G., Yang, Z., Nabel, G., Schultemaker, H., Morris, L., Haynes, B., Mascola, J., (2012), The Development of CD4 Binding Site Antibodies during HIV-1 Infection. Journal of Virology, 86(14), 7588-7595, DOI: 10.1128/JVI.00734-12.
  • Alexandre, K., Gray, E., Mufhandu, H., McMahon, J., Chakauya, E., O'Keefe, B., Chikwamba, R., Morris, L., (2012), The lectins griffithsin, cyanovirin-N and scytovirin inhibit HIV-1 binding to the DC-SIGN receptor and transfer to CD4+ cells. Virology, 423(2), 175-186.
  • Freeman, J., Gray, E., Milward, M., Pearce, R., Ziman, M., (2012), Evaluation of a multi-marker immunomagnetic enrichment assay for the quantification of circulating melanoma cells. Journal of Translational Medicine, 10(1), art. no. 192 , United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1186/1479-5876-10-192.
  • Mufhandu, H., Gray, E., Madiga, M., Tumba, N., Alexandre, K., Khoza, T., Wibmer, C., Moore, P., Morris, L., Khati, M., (2012), UCLA1, a synthetic derivative of a gp120 RNA aptamer, inhibits entry of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 subtype C. Journal of Virology, 86(9), 4989-4999, DOI: 10.1128/JVI.06893-11.

Conference Publications

  • Maurya, D., Fooladvand, M., Gray, E., Ziman, M., Alameh, K., (2015), Lab-on-chip platform for circulating tumor cells isolation. Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Systems, 9668(6-9 Dec, 2015), 9668-34, Sydney, Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Heat Stress: A Risk Factor For Skin Carcinogenesis
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