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Saeid Alinezhad

Saeid Alinezhad


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, APCRC-Q, Queensland University of Technology
  • Member, IHBI

Contact Details

+61 7 3443 7261


2010- 2016 PhD, Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics, University of Turku, Finland

2007-2009 MSc, Biotechnology, University of Boras, Sweden

1999-2003 BSc, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology, Tehran, Iran


Dr Alinezhad completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics at the University of Turku, Finland. During his PhD he obtained more than six years of research experience in the field of prostate cancer diagnosis. His research aimed to investigate the pathways and genes that their regulation contribute to the formation and progression of prostate cancer. As a PhD fellow of a European network project, funded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Initial Training Networks program (PRO-NEST), Dr Alinezhad had the opportunity to improve his research skills and enhance his career prospects with a comprehensive training program.

Dr Alinezhad joined APCRC-Q in October 2016 working with Dr Ian Vela. His research focuses on application of liquid biopsies and Metastatic Prostate Cancer Organoid Culture in applying precision medicine in the management of Prostate Cancer. He is also involved in the daily running of a prostate cancer clinical trial headed by Dr Vela.

Awards and grants



First place award for best presentation, Australian Prostate Cancer Conference, Melbourne Australia,



PhD Research Scholarship (one year salary), University of Turku Graduate School (UTGS)

PhD Research Scholarship, Identification and validation of novel prostate cancer biomarkers

S Alinezhad, K Pettersson


Marie Curie initial training network fellowship

Identification and validation of novel prostate cancer biomarkers

S Alinezhad, K Pettersson

Research interests

Precision medicine in the management of prostate cancer.

Liquid biopsy

Metastatic prostate cancer organoid culture

Current research projects

Investigation of the role of lymph node metastasis in initiation and progression of bone metastasis.

A multifacted precision approach to high risk prostate cancer.

Isolation, quantification and culture of circulating tumour cells from blood sample of the patients with gastrointestinal neuroendocrine  carcinoma.

Top publications

1- Alinezhad S.,Väänänen R-M.,Maatsson J., Li Y.,TallgrénT.,Tong Ochoa N.,Bjartell A.,Åkerfelt M.,Boström P.J.,Taimen P.,Nees M., PetterssonK.,Validation of novel biomarkers for prostate cancer based on the combination of bioinformatics, functional and clinical validation, Published: May 19, 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0155901

2- Alinezhad S., Väänänen R-M., TallgrénT.,Tong Ochoa N., Montoya I., Jambor I., Aronen H., Boström P.J., Taimen P.,Nees M., PetterssonK. Stratification of aggressive prostate cancer from indolent disease – prospective controlled trial utilizing expression of 11 genes in apparently benign tissue,  Urologic Oncology, 2016,DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.urolonc.2015.12.014

3-Alinezhad S.,Väänänen R-M.,Tong Ochoa N.,Vertosick E.,Bjartell A.,Boström P.J.,Taimen P., PetterssonK.,Global expression of AMACR transcripts predicts risk for prostate cancer – a systematic comparison of AMACR protein and mRNA expression in cancerous and noncancerous prostate, BMC 2016, DOI: 10.1186/s12894-016-0128-8

4- Alinezhad S., Väänänen R-M., PetterssonK., Lanthanide chelate complementation and hydrolysis enhanced luminescent chelate in real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction assays for KLK3 transcripts. Analytical Biochemistry 2014 Jan 1;444:1-7

5- Forgacs, G. Alinezhad, S., et al., Biological treatment of chicken feather waste for improved biogas production. J Environ Sci (China), 2011.23(10): p. 1747-53

Professional memberships and associations


European Association of Urology