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Dr. Kylie M, Ph.D, is a National Breast Cancer Foundation Career Development Fellow within the Department of Biochemistry and Mol. Biology, at Monash University (Clayton, Melbourne, Australia) and Head of the Cancer Targeting and Nuclear Therapeutics Laboratory. She got her B.Biomed.Sci.and her Ph.D.in Biochemistry at Monash University (Melbourne). Her research over the last 18 years has focused on the regulation of transport into and out of the eukaryotic cell nucleus, and how this relates to viral disease, cancer and development. She has c. 40 peer-reviewed publications (>1,000 citations; H-factor of 18). Her awards and prizes include National Breast Cancer Foundation, Career Development Fellowship(2017), the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Young Scientist Program Prize (2009) and the Caroline Chisholm award for service (2015).

Research interests

Transport of proteins between the cytoplasm and nucleus and the application of this to diseases including cancer and viral infection.

Research area keywords

  • Nuclear Transport
  • Drug development
  • anti-viral drugs
  • Cell Biology

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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 2005 2019

125 Citations (Scopus)

Ivermectin is a specific inhibitor of importin alpha/beta-mediated nuclear import able to inhibit replication of HIV-1 and dengue virus

Wagstaff, K. M., Sivakumaran, H., Heaton, S. M., Harrich, D. & Jans, D. A., 2012, In : Biochemical Journal. 443, 3, p. 851 - 856 6 p.

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4 Citations (Scopus)

Inhibitors of nuclear transport

Jans, D. A., Martin, A. J. & Wagstaff, K. M., 1 Jun 2019, In : Current Opinion in Cell Biology. 58, p. 50-60 11 p.

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Molecular dissection of an inhibitor targeting the HIV integrase dependent preintegration complex nuclear import

Wagstaff, K. M., Headey, S., Telwatte, S., Tyssen, D., Hearps, A. C., Thomas, D. R., Tachedjian, G. & Jans, D. A., Jan 2019, In : Cellular Microbiology. 21, 1, 13 p., e12953.

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Open Access

Novel Flavivirus Antiviral That Targets the Host Nuclear Transport Importin α/β1 Heterodimer

Yang, S. N. Y., Atkinson, S. C., Fraser, J. E., Wang, C., Maher, B., Roman, N., Forwood, J. K., Wagstaff, K. M., Borg, N. A. & Jans, D. A., 24 Mar 2019, In : Cells. 8, 3, 15 p., 281.

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Novel RU486 (mifepristone) analogues with increased activity against Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus but reduced progesterone receptor antagonistic activity

DeBono, A., Thomas, D. R., Lundberg, L., Pinkham, C., Cao, Y., Graham, J. D., Clarke, C. L., Wagstaff, K. M., Shechter, S., Kehn-Hall, K. & Jans, D. A., 22 Feb 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 19 p., 2634.

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Open Access

Press / Media

Cancer Research Sensory Science Exhibition Discovery Day

Erica Tandori & Kylie Wagstaff


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