Dr Elysse Filipe
After graduating from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) with a MSc in Molecular biology and Genetics, Dr Elysse Filipe worked as a research assistant at the iMED institute in Lisbon where her work looked into establishing three-dimensional culture systems for mesenchymal stem cells and evaluating the potential for enhanced paracrine factor secretion, with applications in wound healing. Following that she moved to Sydney to begin her PhD at the Heart Research Institute, where she joined the Applied Materials group under the supervision of Dr Steven Wise. Her work investigated the potential of Bombyx mori (silkworm) silk as a biomaterial for artificial blood vessel engineering. After completion of her PhD, Elysse joined Dr Thomas Cox’s Matrix and Metastasis Lab at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, where her research focuses on understanding the interplay between the mechanical properties of tumours and their propensity to form metastasis.