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Joan K Heath
Associate Professor Joan Heath received her undergraduate and PhD degrees in Cambridge, England, where she studied the role of osteoblast-osteoclast interactions and matrix metalloproteinase activity in the breakdown of bone. After post-doctoral positions in bone biology and osteoporosis research at the Merck Sharp and Dohme Research Laboratories in Philadelphia, USA and St. Vincent’s Institute for Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia, Joan joined the Melbourne-Parkville Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and switched her focus to colon cancer, becoming joint-head of the Colon Molecular and Cell Biology laboratory in 1998. Shortly after this time she adopted the zebrafish as a vertebrate model in which to discover genes with functions in intestinal development that may also be critical for the development and progression of colon cancer. In October 2012 she moved her laboratory to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.