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Dr Leslie Calapre

Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2816, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO17.209
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2816
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO17.209  


Dr Leslie Calapre is a Research Fellow in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Liquid Biopsy for Melanoma
  • Circulating Tumour DNA
  • Environmental stressors and skin cancers


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2015.
  • Bachelor of Science Human Biology (Honours), Edith Cowan University, 2011.
  • Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), Edith Cowan University, 2010.


Recent Research Grants

  • Enhancing Methodologies for Circulating Tumour DNA (ctDNA) Analysis,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2017,  2017 - 2018,  $30,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • McEvoy, A., Calapre, L., Pereira, M., Giardina, T., Robinson, C., Khattak, M., Meniawy, T., Pritchard, A., Hayward, N., Amanuel, B., Millward, M., Ziman, M., Gray, E., (2017), Sensitive droplet digital PCR method for detection of TERT promoter mutations in cell free DNA from patients with metastatic melanoma. Oncotarget, 8(45), 78890-78900, Albany, United States, Impact Journals LLC, DOI: 10.18632/oncotarget.20354.
  • Calapre, L., Warburton, L., Millward, M., Ziman, M., Gray, E., (2017), Circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) as a liquid biopsy for melanoma. Cancer Letters, 404(28 Sept, 2017), 62-69, Shannon, Ireland, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.canlet.2017.06.030.
  • Calapre, L., Gray, E., Kurdykowski, S., David, A., Descargues, P., Ziman, M., (2017), SIRT1 activation mediates heat-induced survival of UVB damaged Keratinocytes. BMC Dermatology, 17(June 2017), Article No. 8, London, United Kingdom, BioMed Central, DOI: 10.1186/s12895-017-0060-y.
  • 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, BioMed Central Ltd., DOI: 10.1186/s12895-016-0043-4.
  • 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, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/jid.2015.127.
  • Calapre, L., Gray, E., Ziman, M., (2013), Heat stress: a risk factor for skin carcinogenesis. Cancer Letters, 337(1), 35-40, Ireland, Elsevier Ireland Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.canlet.2013.05.039.
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