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Ruth Fuhrman-Luck

Ruth Fuhrman-Luck

Positions

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

Contact Details

Phone
+61 7 3443 7245
Linkedin profile
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruth-fuhrman-luck-465bb811a?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

Qualifications

PhD, Cancer proteomics, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, 2015

BAppSc(Hons), Biochemistry (Biotechnology), Queensland University of Technology, Australia, 2009

Biography

Ruth Fuhrman-Luck is a post-doctoral researcher at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre- Queensland, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Here, Ruth investigates the role of the prostate cancer-associated protease, kallikrein-related peptidase 4, in cancer progression. Her interests centre on analyses of multi-level regulatory circuits in biological systems, with a keen interest in protease networks in cancer. Ruth’s work has been awarded with the early career researcher/ student oral prize at the International Proteolysis Society meeting (Penang, Malaysia; 2015), young investigator prize at the International Kallikrein Symposium (Rhodes, Greece; 2012), as well as a poster prize at the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia international conference (2010).

Ruth was also the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award and a Queensland government Smart Futures PhD top-up scholarship, one of only six awarded state-wide. Ruth plans to continue in prostate cancer research, in an effort to contribute to the knowledgebase that will underpin the development of much-needed novel prostate cancer therapies.

Awards and grants

Awards

Year

Title

2015

Best ECR/ student oral presentation (9th General Meeting of the International Proteolysis Society, Penang, Malaysia)

2015

Nominated by both PhD thesis reviewers for an Outstanding Thesis Award (QUT)

2015

QUT Write-up Scholarship (QUT)

2015

Travel award (International Proteolysis Society)

2015

Travel award (The EMT International Association)

2014

Best student oral presentation (19th Australasian Proteomics Symposium, Lorne, Australia)

2014

People’s choice award (QUT Nikon Small World Imaging Competition, Brisbane, Australia)

2013

Nominated for PhD Career Start award (Women in Technology, QLD)

2010-2013

Smart Futures PhD Scholarship, 1 of only 16 awarded state-wide (QLD Government)

2010-2013

Australian Postgraduate Award (Australian Government)

2010-2013

Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Initiative Scholarship (QUT)

2010-2013

IHBI Top-Up Scholarship (QUT)

2012

Best oral presentation (IHBI Inspires Postgraduate Student Conference, Gold Coast, Australia)

2012

Runner up (QUT Faculty of Health 3-minute Thesis Competition, Brisbane, Australia)

2012

Travel award (Cancer Council Queensland)

2011

Young investigator award (4th International Symposium on Kallikreins and Kallikrein-Related Peptidases, Rhodes, Greece)

2011

People’s choice for best oral presentation (IHBI Inspires Postgraduate Student Conference, Brisbane, Australia)

2011

Travel award (Australasian Proteomics Society)

2010

Poster prize (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia National Conference, Gold Coast, Australia)

2010

Travel award (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia)

2009

Best and people’s choice for best oral presentation (IHBI Inspires Postgraduate Student conference, Brisbane, Australia)

2009            

First class honours (QUT)

2008-2009  

Dean’s merit award for academic excellence (QUT)

2007-2009

Dean’s scholarship (QUT)

Research interests

Prostate cancer, proteomics, proteases, degradomics, systems biology

Current research projects

Delineating kallikrein-related peptidase 4 function in the prostate tumour microenvironment

Top publications

Fuhrman-Luck RA*, Silva ML*, Dong Y, Irving-Rodgers H, Stoll T, Hastie ML, Loessner D, Gorman JJ, Clements JA. Proteomic and other analyses to determine the functional consequences of deregulated kallikrein-related peptidase (KLK) expression in prostate and ovarian cancer. Proteomics Clinical Applications. 2014;8(5-6):403-415. (*Joint co-authors)

Fuhrman-Luck RA, Loessner D, Clements JA. Kallikrein-related peptidases in prostate cancer: From molecular function to clinical application. Electronic Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry. 2014;25(3):49-61.

Dong Y, Loessner D, Sieh S, Taubenberger A, Fuhrman-Luck RA, Magdolen V, Hutmacher D, Clements JA. Cellular Model Systems to Study the Tumor Biological Role of Kallikrein Proteases in Ovarian and Prostate Cancer. In V. Magdolen, C.P. Sommerhoff, H. Fritz, M. Schmitt (Eds.), Kallikrein-Related Peptidases Volume 2: Novel Cancer-Related Biomarkers. 2012;2:83-109. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.

More publications are available on PubMed

Collaborators

Oded Kleifeld, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Jeffrey Gorman, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia

Professional memberships and associations

Title, Organisation

Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Queensland (APRCR-Q)

The International Proteolysis Society

The Australasian Proteomics Society

The EMT International Association, Inc.

Australian Society for Medical Research

Women in Technology