Dr Laurence Cheung

Senior Lecturer, Curtin University, Senior Research Officer, Leukaemia and Cancer Genetics, Telethon Kids Institute


Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is the most common form of cancer in children and represents one of the success stories of modern medicine with 5-year survival rates approaching 90%. However, some children continue to have a dismal prognosis, especially those with high-risk genetic alternations in their ALL cells.

The microenvironments of leukaemia and cancer are critical for multiple stages of malignancies and they are an attractive therapeutic target. Clinical studies in children diagnosed with ALL have clearly demonstrated defects in the bone marrow microenvironment, yet little is known about the contribution of the normal bone marrow cells during the development of this disease, it’s progression and relapse. Laurence's research program aims to define in detail the changes of the bone marrow cells during leukaemia development  and determines the therapeutic potential of targeting the leukaemia bone marrow microenvironment.

Speaker bio

Dr Laurence Cheung obtained his Pharmacy Degree (Hons) at Curtin University and PhD from The University of Western Australia.

He is a registered pharmacist in Western Australia and Hong Kong. Laurence's research focuses on childhood leukaemia and paediatric formulation.

Laurence is a Senior Lecturer at Curtin Medical School at Curtin University and co-leads the Leukaemia and Cancer Genetic Program at Telethon Kids Institute in Perth.



About Seminar Series

The School of Pharmacy Seminar Series involves regular formal presentations of high-quality scholarly work with broad appeal.

The wider School community is invited to attend, including academic and professional staff, special guests, visitors, as well as HDR, postgraduate, masters and honours students.

Seminars are held on Fridays from 12pm–1pm in room 5034 in the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence, 20 Cornwall St Woolloongabba (next to TRI and the PA Hospital).

Confirmed 2021 seminars

Date Presenter
12-1pm, Friday 19 March
(PACE R5034 and Zoom)
Professor Paul Clarke, Director Diamantina Institute        
12-1pm, Friday 16 April
(Zoom only)
Associate Professor Francine Marques, Monash University     
12-1pm, Friday 23 April
(Zoom only)
Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri, Sydney University 
12-1pm, Friday 7 May
(Zoom only)
Dr Laurence Cheung, Curtin University
12-1pm, Friday 30 July
(location TBC)
Dr Gary Chan, UQ CYSUR
12-1pm, Friday 13 August
(Zoom only)
Professor Sanjay Garg, University of South Australia
12-1pm, Friday 3 September
(PACE R5034 and Zoom)
Associate Professor Michael Barras, UQ Pharmacy
12-1pm 10 September
(Online via Zoom)

Professor Josephine Forbes, Mater Research


12-1pm, Friday 17 September
(PACE R5034 and Zoom)

Professor Nigel McMillan, Program Director: Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Menzies Health Institute QLD, Griffith University

12-1pm, Friday 24 September
(Location TBC)
Denuja Karunakaran, IMB Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), UQ


Online via Zoom (register via link)