Dr Roger Yazbek

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

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.

  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

Supervisory interests
Breath analysis
Higher degree by research supervision
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)
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

  • Breath analysis