Associate Professor Janni Petersen

Associate Professor Human Anatomy

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (6E:407.1)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I obtained a BSc in Biochemistry (1989-1992) and an MSc in Molecular Genetics (1992-1994) from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, followed by a PhD in fission yeast cell biology (1995-1998). In 1998, I joined the laboratory of Professor Iain Hagan at The University of Manchester/Paterson Institute for Cancer Research as a postdoctoral Research Fellow to study the role of protein kinases in regulating cell cycle progression in fission yeast. I then worked as a Research Associate with Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse at the Rockefeller University in New York, USA, studying the role of protein kinases in regulating cell cycle progression in fission yeast. In 2005, I became a Lecturer within the Faculty of Life Sciences at The University of Manchester, UK. In December 2009, I was awarded a Cancer Research UK Senior Research Fellowship. My appointment to Flinders University as an Associate Professor along with a Faculty appointment at SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute) as part of the Nutrition and Metabolism theme commenced 2015. At Flinders University my group is a member of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer.


1998 PhD Genetics Department, The University of Copenhagen, Denmark
1994 MSc Genetics Department, The University of Copenhagen, Denmark
1992 BSc Biochemistry, The University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Honours, awards and grants

2018: ARC Discovery Project

2017: Cancer Council Award

2015: Worldwide Cancer Research Award

2009: Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Senior Fellowship.

2006: Royal Society award

2000: Wellcome Trust travelling fellowship

1999: Carlsberg- Wellcome Trust Stipend

1998: Short Term EMBO fellowship

Key responsibilities

Head of the Environmental Control of Cell Growth and Cell Division laboratory

Research expertise
Biochemistry and cell biology
Medical biochemistry and metabolomics
Molecular biology
Oncology and carcinogenesis
Research interests

The dynamic control of activity of the energy sensor AMPK and a better understanding of the Target Of Rapamycin TOR signalling network are the main focus of our laboratory. Our work aims to extend our understanding of a major signalling network that is implicated in tumourigensis and diabetes in humans to adjust growth and cellular metabolism in response to changes in the nutrient environment. Our main model organisms are the fission yeast S. pombe and mammalian tissue culture models. We use fission yeast as an ideal complementary model system in which to establish the core principles of AMPK and TOR signalling before transposing rigorously tested predictions to human cells.

Supervisory interests
Cancer biology
Cell biology
Cell growth
Cell proliferation
Cell signalling
Cell signalling mechanisms
Medical biochemistry
Molecular biology