Dr Cassy Spiller
Cassy received a BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology at the University of Newcastle in the laboratory of Prof John Aitken studying receptor mediated signalling in spermatozoa. She moved to UQ for PhD studies in reproductive developmental biology, investigating fetal germ cell cycle control with Prof Peter Koopman at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (2009). In 2016 she moved to the School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ with A/Prof Josephine Bowles to continue her research into the normal and malignant development of male germ cells. She studies germ cell pluripotency pathways with a translational focus for development of diagnostic screening methods for testis cancer. She has trained with, and has ongoing collaboration with world leaders in testicular cancer biology based in Denmark (Copenhagen University Hospital) and The Netherlands (Princess Maxima Centre for Paediatric Oncology). Her research has been supported by the NHMRC, ARC, Cancer Council Queensland, UQ and the Queensland Government. Cassy was awarded SBMS Career Track Fellow in 2019.