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Dr Pauline Zaenker

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2783, Email: p.zaenker@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO17310
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2783
Email: p.zaenker@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO17310  

 

Dr Zaenker is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Melanoma Research Team within the School of Medical and Health Sciences. Dr Zaenker specialises in the identification and validation of blood based biomarkers, in particular tumour-associated autoantibodies, for the early diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of treatment success of cutaneous melanoma skin cancer.

Professional Associations

  • Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization (HDYO), 2015-Present
  • Autoimmunity Network, 2016-Present
  • The Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI), 2016-Present

Awards and Recognition

  • The West Australian newspaper’s 50 Rising Stars 2019
  • ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Outstanding Public Engagement by a Researcher or Research Team Award 2018, $1000
  • The Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI) concept to creation investors pitch winner 2017
  • The School of Medical Science Research Scholarship August 2017 – May 2018, $5000
  • Inspiring Minds Scholarship, Edith Cowan University and the Australian Government, 2014-2017, $40,000 AUD p.a.
  • 3 Minute Thesis competition ECU finalist, Edith Cowan University, 2012
  • BioGENEius Western Australia competition finalist, 2008

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2018.
  • Master of Science (Human Biology), Edith Cowan University, 2014.
  • Bachelor of Science (Human Biology), Edith Cowan University, 2011.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • The effect of cognitive and exercise training on Brain Atrophy and Cognitive Decline in Breast Cancer Patients Treated with Adjuvant Chemotherapy Agents,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Collaborative Cancer Grant Scheme,  2018 - 2021,  $49,966.
  • The development of in-house autoantibody assays to measure response to immunotherapy in melanoma patients,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2019,  2019 - 2020,  $29,800.
  • Development of a Multiplex Test for the Early Diagnosis of Melanoma,  Tour de Cure,  Senior Research Grant,  2019,  $280,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Bartlett, D., Dominguez D, JF., Reyes, A., Zaenker, P., Feindel, K., Newton, R., Hannan, A., Slater, J., Eastwood, P., Lazar, A., Ziman, M., Cruickshank, T., (2019), Investigating the Relationships Between Hypothalamic Volume and Measures of Circadian Rhythm and Habitual Sleep in Premanifest Huntington’s Disease. Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms, 6(January 2019), 1-8, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nbscr.2018.07.001.
  • Aya-Bonilla, C., Gray, E., Manikandan, J., Freeman, J., Zaenker, P., Reid, A., Khattak, M., Frank, M., Millward, M., Ziman, M., (2019), Immunomagnetic-Enriched Subpopulations of Melanoma Circulating Tumour Cells (CTCs) Exhibit Distinct Transcriptome Profiles. Cancers, 11(157), 15p., DOI: 10.3390/cancers11020157.
  • Reyes, A., Salomonczyk, D., Teo, W., Medina, L., Bartlett, D., Pirogovsky-Turk, E., Zaenker, P., Bloom, J., Simmons, R., Ziman, M., Gilbert, P., Cruickshank, T., (2018), Computerised dynamic posturography in premanifest and manifest individuals with Huntington's disease. Scientific Reports, 8(1), Article number 14615, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-32924-y.
  • 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, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.autrev.2016.01.017.
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