PhD (Sydney University, 2002)
Dr Andrew worked as a research assistant at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney developing genetic tests for patients with Multiple Endocrine neoplasia type II.
He undertook a PhD which identified and characterised the RET proto-oncogene promoter. Obtained a National Cancer Institute of Canada postdoctoral fellowship to work at Queens University in Canada to work on characterisation of the downstream signalling pathways from RET receptor. He took on a second postdoctoral position at the Oncology Research Unit at Westmead Childrens' Hospital working on characterisation of the role of signalling molecules in focal adhesions.
Dr Andrew joined CSU in 2006, teaching Biochemistry and Genetics. He maintains active collaborations with researchers overseas and within Australia.
Dr Andrew would consider his teaching successful if, years after a student has left his class, they can research a topic in science, evaluate the information and present it effectively, even though they may not be able to recite Mendel's laws or recall the details of the glycolytic pathway.
BCM211 (and DOH231) biochemistry; BMS240 genetics; BMS208 nutrition; BMS310 disease processes and HLT310 problem based learning for clinical science.
Praise from students who have attended his classes.
Mastery of course material is important but he would prefer that students were able to think critically about the information presented. To aid in this, he hopes to be able to incorporate my research into my teaching.
Three main areas of active research: