Dr Roger Yazbek

Catherine Marie Enright Kelly Cancer Research Fellowship

College of Medicine and Public Health

Research expertise

Deveveloping new breath tests for the detection of gastrointestinal function, cancer, and inflammatory diseses

Research expertise

Deveveloping new breath tests for the detection of gastrointestinal function, cancer, and inflammatory diseses

place Flinders Medical Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am the Catherine Marie Enright Kelly research fellow, leading the SoutH Australian Breath Analysis Research (SABAR) laboratory within the Department of Surgery at Flinders University. My team is developing and validating breath analysis tools that can be translated into point of care devices, offering new opportunities for early detection of cancer and inflammatory disease that will lead to improved clinical management.

Qualifications
  1. NHMRC Training Fellow, University of SA, 2011-2015
  2. Ph.D., Flinders University, 2009 (Supervisors: A/Prof Catherine Abbott and Assoc. Prof. Gordon Howarth)
  3. B.Sc., Honours (First Class), Flinders University, 2004
  4. B.Sc., University of Adelaide, 2003
Honours, awards and grants

I have received numerous awards in recognition of my work, including a 2013 SA Tally Poppy Award and my research has regularly featured on local and national media. I am also an active member of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR), and was President of the ASMR in 2014, advocating directly to Government on behalf of Australian health and medical researchers.

Key responsibilities

I lead and manage a cutting edge research team, whose primary aim is to develop new breath analytic tools for the non-invasive detection and monitoring of health and disease. I currently supervise three PhD students, and encourage future students who are interested in joining our group to contact me directly

Research expertise
Medical biochemistry and metabolomics
Medical physiology
Medicinal and biomolecular chemistry
Research interests

My research team is focussed on developing and validating new, transformational breath analysis tools that will offer new opportunities for early detection of disease and improved clinical management. My research group collaborates with local and international experts, creating a valuable transdisciplinary network that will facilitate translational outcomes.

Breath analytics represents an exciting, cutting edge technology that will provide new capabilities in the detection and monitoring of disease. Breath analytics already have wide-spread clinical use for detection of Helicobacter Pylori, measurement of gastric emptying, assessment of sugar intolerance, and more recently, prediction of heart transplant rejection.

We have a number of exciting research projects for prospective PhD and Honours students, focussed on developing new breath analysis tools for the non-invasive detection of cancer, altered nutrition and inflammatory diseases. Please contact me by email if you would like to discuss these opportunities.

Supervisory interests
Breath analysis
Cancer
Gastroenterology
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Oesophageal cancer, breath analysis, biomarkers, early detection (1)
Associate supervisor: Head and neck cancer, breath analysis, biomarkers, early detection, volatile organic compounds (1), Cystic fibrosis, breath analysis, biomarkers, early detection (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Gastroenterology, inflammatory bowel disease, dipeptidyl peptidase, biomarker (1)
Associate supervisor: Head and neck Cancer, breath analysis, volatile organic compounds (1), Microbiome, Mucosal Stress, Mucositis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastroenterology, breath analysis (Univ of South Australia) (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Dhina Chandran

Best poster presentation, Frontiers 2016, The Art, Science and Future of Otorhinolaryngology - SEP 2016

Nuwan Dharmawardana

ASMR People's Choice Award - JUN 2018

Publications
Expert for media contact
Breath analysis
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0427 398 713
Interests
  • Breath analysis

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