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Program Head, Cancer; Chronic and Severe Diseases RFA Deputy Head

Associate Professor Willem (Joost) Lesterhuis is an NHMRC EL2 Investigator. He has a background as a dual-trained medical oncologist and basic researcher in tumour immunology and cancer biology.

Joost obtained his MD at the Free University in Amsterdam 2001 and completed his medical oncology specialisation and his PhD in tumour immunology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands in 2010. From 2011-2012 he was a visiting postdoc at the University of Western Australia, after which he worked as a medical oncologist/cancer researcher at the Academic Medical Centre at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Since 2013, when he and his family moved permanently to Australia, he has been a fulltime researcher, with a special focus on cancer immunology research, initially at the University of Western Australia, and since 2018 at Telethon Kids Institute, heading the Sarcoma Translational Research team.

His research combines several fields of science, including cancer biology, immunology, drug discovery, systems biology, and translational oncology.

Find Associate Professor Lesterhuis on Google Scholar and ORCID.