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Ross is a laboratory head at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, a Monash University department at the Alfred Hospital. As a postdoctoral fellow in New York he helped develop RNA interference technology allowing reversible inhibition of endogenous gene expression in cultured cells and transgenic mice. His laboratory now uses these tools to investigate hematopoiesis and leukemia, focusing on genes recurrently mutated in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Of particular interest is understanding how mutations in hematopoietic transcription factors impose the maturation block common to all acute leukemias, and novel strategies for triggering leukemia differentiation and clearance.

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Research area keywords

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Tumour suppressor genes
  • Transcription factors
  • Differentiation therapy

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Research Output

Interconversion between Tumorigenic and Differentiated States in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

McKenzie, M. D., Ghisi, M., Oxley, E. P., Ngo, S., Cimmino, L., Esnault, C., Liu, R., Salmon, J. M., Bell, C. C., Ahmed, N., Erlichster, M., Witkowski, M. T., Liu, G. J., Chopin, M., Dakic, A., Simankowicz, E., Pomilio, G., Vu, T., Krsmanovic, P., Su, S. & 21 others, Tian, L., Baldwin, T. M., Zalcenstein, D. A., DiRago, L., Wang, S., Metcalf, D., Johnstone, R. W., Croker, B. A., Lancaster, G. I., Murphy, A. J., Naik, S. H., Nutt, S. L., Pospisil, V., Schroeder, T., Wall, M., Dawson, M. A., Wei, A. H., de Thé, H., Ritchie, M. E., Zuber, J. & Dickins, R. A., 1 Aug 2019, In : Cell Stem Cell. 25, 2, p. 258-272.e9 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)

Transcription Factor PU.1 Promotes Conventional Dendritic Cell Identity and Function via Induction of Transcriptional Regulator DC-SCRIPT

Chopin, M., Lun, A. T., Zhan, Y., Schreuder, J., Coughlan, H., D'Amico, A., Mielke, L. A., Almeida, F. F., Kueh, A. J., Dickins, R. A., Belz, G. T., Naik, S. H., Lew, A. M., Bouillet, P., Herold, M. J., Smyth, G. K., Corcoran, L. M. & Nutt, S. L., 15 Jan 2019, In : Immunity. 50, 1, p. 77-90.e5 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)

Author Correction: Metabolic gatekeeper function of B-lymphoid transcription factors (Nature (2017) DOI: 10.1038/nature21076)

Chan, L. N., Chen, Z., Braas, D., Lee, J. W., Xiao, G., Geng, H., Cosgun, K. N., Hurtz, C., Shojaee, S., Cazzaniga, V., Schjerven, H., Ernst, T., Hochhaus, A., Kornblau, S. M., Konopleva, M., Pufall, M. A., Cazzaniga, G., Liu, G. J., Milne, T. A., Koeffler, H. P. & 7 others, Ross, T. S., Sánchez-García, I., Borkhardt, A., Yamamoto, K. R., Dickins, R. A., Graeber, T. G. & Müschen, M., 28 Jun 2018, In : Nature. 558, 7711, p. E5 1 p.

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Conserved IKAROS-regulated genes associated with B-progenitor acute lymphoblastic leukemia outcome

Witkowski, M. T., Hu, Y., Roberts, K. G., Boer, J. M., McKenzie, M. D., Liu, G. J., Le Grice, O. D., Tremblay, C., Ghisi, M., Willson, T. A., Horstmann, M. A., Aifantis, I., Cimmino, L., Frietze, S., den Boer, M. L., Mullighan, C. G., Smyth, G. K. & Dickins, R. A., 6 Mar 2017, In : Journal of Experimental Medicine. 214, 3, p. 773-791 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

11 Citations (Scopus)

Generation of an inducible mouse model to reversibly silence Stat3

Alorro, M. G., Pierce, T. P., Eissmann, M. F., Dijkstra, C., Dickins, R. A., Ernst, M., Buchert, M. & Masson, F., Apr 2017, In : Genesis. 55, 4, 10 p., e23023.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)