Professor Briony Forbes

Deputy Director (Research Education and Development) and Head of Discipline of Medical Biochemistry

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (6E:107)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Assoc Prof Forbes received her PhD from The University of Adelaide in Biochemistry. She held postdoctoral positions at The University of Adelaide, Discipline of Biochemistry and at CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition. In 2013 she moved to Flinders University from the Discipline of Biochemistry at the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science at the University of Adelaide where she was head of the "The Laboratory of Protein Signalling

1992 PhD Biochemistry Department, The University of Adelaide
1984 BSc (Hons) Ophthalmology and Immunology, Flinders University
1983 BSc Biochemistry and Microbiology&Immunology, The University of Adelaide
Honours, awards and grants
  • 2012 Research Career Development Network TravelAward, to attend the the 6th GRS&IGF International Symposium, Munich, Germany
  • 2011 Overseas Conference Scheme, The University ofAdelaide, to attend the 4th IGF Gordon conference, USA
  • 2009 RCDNAchievement award, The University of Adelaide, for academic excellence andservice
  • 2009 Overseas Conference Scheme, The University ofAdelaide, to attend the 3rd IGF Gordon conference, USA
  • 2007 ResearchCareer Development Network Travel Award, to attend the 2nd IGFGordon conference, USA
  • 2007 OverseasConference Scheme, The University of Adelaide, to attend the 2nd IGF Gordonconference, USA
  • 2007 Adelaide Research InnovationIndustry Awards Finalist
Key responsibilities

Head of the Proteins in Metabolism and Cancer laboratory

Supervision of PhD, Honours students and Research staff

Undergraduate teaching in Medical Biochemistry

ASBMB State Representative

Adelaide Protein Group committee member

Institutional Biosafety Committee Member

School of Medicine Research Committee Member

Research expertise
Biochemistry and cell biology
Molecular biology
Research interests
Assoc Prof Forbes' interests are in the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) systemin development and disease. IGFs play a major role in cancer, aging, neuronal disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Using expertise in protein structure/function the Forbes group has been developing inhibitors of IGF action for the treatment of cancer. As there is evolutionary, structural and functional overlap between the IGF and insulin hormones and signaling pathways more recently the focus has broadened to understanding mechanisms of metabolism control and the development of novel insulins for the treatment of diabetes. The lab also has a keen interest in exploring the links between metabolism and cancer.
Teaching interests


Insulin and Diabetes.

The Biochemistry of cell Signalling in cancer and metabolism.
Protein structure and function.

Third Year Bachelor of Medical Science Coordinator

CMPH Honours Course Coordinator and Chair of the Honours Committee

Topic coordinator
MMED3933 Biochemistry of Human Disease
MMED7004 B. Med. Sci Honours
Topic lecturer
MMED3933 Biochemistry of Human Disease
Supervisory interests
Insulin growth factors in normal dev and disease
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: IGF and insulin signalling in cancer (2)
Principal supervisor: Insulin receptor Isoform A signaling (1)
Associate supervisor: Oxygen-sensitive enzymes and their role in normal development and physiology (1), Structural studies of IGFBP-2 (4), Anit-IGF-1R antibodies (1), Structure/function of IGFs (1), Alpha lytic proteases (4)
Expert for media contact
Growth Factors and insulin
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
  • Growth Factors and insulin

Find an expert

Search for experts by name, research, topic or role.

Filter by: