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Marianna Volpert

Marianna Volpert


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, APCRC-Q

Contact Details

+61 7 3443 7356


PhD - Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia (2010-2014)

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours), University of Melbourne, Australia (2005-2009)


Dr. Volpert obtained her honours degree in molecular biology in 2009 from the University of Melbourne, where she investigated the regulation of cation permeability of the TRPV1 ion channel. She undertook her PhD as part of a collaboration between Prof. Peter McIntyre (Molecular Biology Laboratory, University of Melbourne), Prof. Moira O'Bryan (Male Infertility & Germ Cell Biology Laboratory, Monash University) and Dr. Luc Furic (Prostate Cancer Research Group, Monash University). Dr. Volpert’s PhD work focussed on the role of CRISP3 in prostate cancer progression, identifying CRISP3 as a strong promoter of tumour invasion. On the basis of her PhD work, she was awarded the Sydney Parker Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Cancer Council Victoria in 2014, to continue her research into the mechanism of CRISP3-mediated tumourigenesis. In 2015, she joined the Hollier Laboratory at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre QLD to investigate the role of Neuropilin 1 in promoting prostate cancer metastasis and radiation therapy resistance.

Awards and grants



  Endocrine Society of Australia -Novartis Junior Scientist Award


  The Sydney Parker Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Cancer Council    Victoria


Melbourne Abroad Travel Scholarship, University of Melbourne


Australian Postgraduate Award



The Sydney Parker Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Cancer Council Victoria

CRISP3 regulates progression from in situ to invasive prostatic adenocarcinoma

M Volpert, M O’Bryan

Research interests

Mechanisms of prostate cancer invasion and metastasis

Current research projects

Targeting neuropilin-1 to inhibit prostate cancer metastasis and therapy resistance

Top publications

Volpert M, Mangum JE, Jamsai D, D'Sylva R, O'Bryan MK & McIntyre P.  Eukaryotic expression, purification and structure/function analysis of native, recombinant CRISP3 from human and mouse. Scientific Reports  2014; 4:4217

Evans J, D’Sylva R, Volpert M, Jamsai D, Merriner DJ, Nie G, Salamonsen LA & O’Bryan MK.  Endometrial CRISP3 is regulated throughout the mouse estrous and human menstrual cycle and facilitates adhesion and proliferation of endometrial epithelial cells. Biology of Reproduction 2015; 92(4):99

More publications are available on PubMed

Professional memberships and associations


Prostate Cancer Collaborative Research Alliance


Endocrine Society of Australia