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John Lai

John Lai


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, APCRC-Q
  • Member, IHBI, QUT

Contact Details

+61 7 3443 7279


  • PhD (Molecular Endocrinology), Queensland University of Technology, 2007
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), Queensland Institute of Medical Research, 2002
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology, 2001


Dr Lai has been studying cancer genetics throughout his research career. His studies focus on genetic differences that predispose men to develop prostate cancer or which might predict the likely severity of their disease. He particularly focuses on genetic differences within genes or the promoters of genes that are regulated by androgens, which are an important mediator of prostate cancer progression.

Dr Lai has undertaken postdoctoral training at the University of Southern California (USC) under the mentorship of Prof. Coetzee. At USC, Dr Lai developed skills in RNAseq and ChIPseq that enables him to identify prostate cancer genes or promoter/enhancer elements in men on a genome-wide scale.

Continuing his skills in RNAseq and ChIPseq, Dr Lai has transitioned into computational biology where he develops computer programs to better understand prostate cancer in men. More recently, his research has focused on short tandem repeats (STRs) as genetic markers that might account for some of the missing prostate cancer heritability. His work typically involves using clinical prostate tumour samples, and blood isolated from men with and without prostate cancer.

Research interests

Short tandem repeats, RNAseq, ChIPseq, bioinformatics.

Current research projects

Short tandem repeats as genetic markers to predict prostate cancer risk and progression.

Top publications


  • Jiyuan An Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Bioinformatician), APCRC - Q
  • Jyotsna Batra NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow, IHBI, Faculty of Health, QUT
  • Mikael Boden Research Fellow (Bionformatician), School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland

Upcoming Events

Jul 19, 2020 - Jul 21, 2020 ANZUP 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting
Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia
Aug 18, 2020 - Aug 21, 2020 PA Hospital Health Symposium
Russell Strong Auditorium, Princess Alexandra Hospital, 199 Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba
Aug 21, 2020 - Aug 23, 2020 21st Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Victoria
Sep 29, 2020 - Oct 02, 2020 ComBio 2020
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Victoria
Nov 11, 2020 - Nov 13, 2020 COSA Annual Scientific Meeting
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland