Dr Lauren Thurgood

Senior Lecturer in Medical Biosciences

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre Building (6D303)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Lauren Thurgood completed her PhD in the Department of Surgery, Flinders University in 2011. Her work focused on cell culture systems and proteomic characterization of kidney stones.

Dr Thurgood undertook a brief postdoctoral position in the Immunology Directorate, SA Pathology, where she developed novel proteomic techniques to characterise autoantibodies from patients with autoimmune conditions. In April 2013 she accepted a position in the Haematology Department, Flinders University that allowed her to utilize her strong skills in proteomics in combination with her interest in B-cell biology.

Within 6-months of commencing this position, she was awarded a grant from Flinders Foundation to carry out proteomic analysis of the chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) microenvironment. Since then, she has been awarded a further three grants from Flinders Foundation and was the recipient of the Joan Tallis Leukaemia and Lymphoma Fellowship.

Dr Thurgood was a Beat Cancer Early Career Research Fellow (ECR), funded through Cancer Council SA (2018-2021). This project focused on nutrient uptake in blood cancers and investigated whether altering the ability of cells to utilise nutrients could offer new therapeutic options in CLL.

In her role as Senior Lecturer, she is the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Clinical Science, placement coordinator for Bachelor of Medical Science (Laboratory Medicine) and topic coordinator for Haematology and Transfusion Medicine (MMED3942).


2011 - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Flinders University

2006 - Bachelor of Science (Hons), Flinders University

2003 - Bachelor of Medical Science, Flinders University

Honours, awards and grants

2018 - Beat Cancer Cancer Council SA Early Career Fellowship

2018 - Flinders Foundation Small Grant Recipient

2017 - Early Career Researcher Award (Adelaide Protein Group)

2017 - Best Early Career Researcher oral at the Australian Society of Medical Research Conference

2016 - Faculty of Medicine Small Grant Recipient

2014 - Vice Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award (Flinders University)

2010 - Philip Alper's prize for Best Scientific Presentation (Australian Rheumatology Association)

2007 - PhD Scholarship, Flinders Medical Centre Foundation

2005 - Chancellor's Letter of Commendation for Honours (Flinders University)

Key responsibilities
  • Research, cancer cell metabolism
  • Research, proteomics and blood cancer
  • Supervision of postgraduate students
  • Teaching
  • Manuscript reviewing
  • Member of the Flinders University Honours Committee
  • Member of Pint of Science
  • Medical Science expert for the Biofilm Research and Innovation Consortium (BRIC, Flinders University)
Topic coordinator
MMED3942 Haematology and Transfusion Science
MDSC3102 Professional Placement Medical Science
Supervisory interests
Cancer, non-Hodgkins lymphoma & multiple myeloma
Cell biology
Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: CLL
Expert for media contact
Cancer cell metabolism
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
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Media expertise
  • Cancer
  • Cancer cell metabolism
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Proteomics