Emeritus Professor Pam Sykes

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

+61 8 82044379
place Flinders Medical Centre (3L:100)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Prof Pamela Sykes has a PhD in Genetics and has worked in the area of molecular genetics in Australia and the US for over 30 years. Prof Sykes is a Strategic Professor in the area of Preventive Cancer Biology studying the biologiical effects of low doses of ionising radiation. Her research is focussed on studying the protective role of low dose radiation. Some of her current appointments include membership on state and national committees for radiation protection.


B.Sc (Hons) PhD, FFSc (RCPA), Hon.FARPS

Research expertise
Molecular biology
Oncology and carcinogenesis
Research interests

Emeritus Prof Pam Sykes retains an interest in low dose radiation research in the following areas but is no longer taking on students as chief supervisor.

  • The temporal response for chromosomal inversions after low dose radiation exposure
  • The effect of known chemical radioprotectors on chromosomal inversion in association with low dose radiation.
  • The effect of low dose radiation on DNA methylation levels
  • The role of radiation induced bystander effects after low dose radiation in vivo
  • Intercellular induced apoptosis as a possible mechanism for low dose radiation induced protection from cancer
  • Effect of low dose radiation on prostate cancer progression in a mouse tumour model
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Mutation and Cancer (8)
Associate supervisor: Cancer, Radiobiology, mutation, transplantation (13)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Benjamin Blyth

Young Investigator award at the Australian Radiation Protection Society national meeting 2010 - OCT 2010

Michelle Newman

Competitive student award to attend Australian Radiation Protection Society Conference - OCT 2010

Michelle Newman

Australian Society for Medical Research (SA) "Healthy Aging" research poster award - JUN 2013

Mark Lawrence

Competitive student award to attend Australian Radiation Protection Society Conference - OCT 2010


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