Dr. Willem (Joost) Lesterhuis is an NHMRC RD Wright Research Fellow. He has a background as a dual-trained medical oncologist and basic researcher in tumour immunology and cancer biology.
Joost did his clinical training as a medical oncologist at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands, while combining it with a PhD in tumour immunology. He moved to Perth for two years, working as a visiting post-doc at the School of Medicine and Pharmacology at UWA, after which he worked as a medical oncologist/cancer researcher at the Academic Medical Centre at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
In 2013, he permanently moved to Australia and joined the School of Biomedical Sciences and the Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases at UWA, focussing on immunotherapy research, particularly in mesothelioma.
In 2018, Joost joined the Telethon Kids Institute as an honorary research fellow, where he heads the Sarcoma Group and continues his research program at UWA.
His research combines several fields of science; cancer biology, immunology, drug discovery, systems biology and translational oncology.