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Dr Elin Gray

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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

  • Characterisation of Melanoma Circulating Tumour Cells for Personalised Treatment,  Cancer Research Trust,  Postdoctoral Fellowship,  2014 - 2019,  $830,000.
  • 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.
  • Genetic Analysis of Blood Markers for Prognosis in Patients with Uveal Melanoma,  University of Western Australia,  Raine Foundation Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $100,000.
  • A Blood Based `Liquid Biopsy? to Improve Healthcare for Metastatic Melanoma Patients,  Department of Health WA,  SHRAC Research Translation Projects,  2016 - 2018,  $4,002,630.
  • Blood based biomarkers predictive of treatment efficacy in metastatic melanoma,  Spinnaker Health Research Foundation,  Collaborative Research Partnership Grants,  2016 - 2018,  $107,448.
  • Blood Based Biomarkers Predictive of Treatment Response in Melanoma,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $246,822.
  • 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.
  • 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 - 2017,  $73,300.
  • 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.
  • NHMRC Fellowship 'near-miss' funding,  Department of Health WA,  Near Miss Merit Awards,  2016 - 2017,  $50,000.
  • Circulating Melanoma Cells as Predictive Biomarkers of Treatment Response and Disease Status,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $111,519.
  • Understanding the Role of Melanoma Exosomes in Intercellular Communication,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Collaborative Cancer Grant Scheme,  2017,  $43,230.
  • New Independent Research Infrastructure Support Award 2016,  Department of Health WA,  New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) Awards,  2016 - 2017,  $10,000.
  • Mass Cytometry: A breakthrough in multidimensional systems biology,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2015 - 2016,  $1,081,489.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Melanoma Mutation Profiling For Personalised Treatment,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2013 - 2016,  $765,359.
  • Genetic Analysis of Melanoma Cells in Blood For Personalised Treatment Management,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2013,  2013 - 2014,  $24,083.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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