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Sathana Dushyanthen

Academic Specialist & Lecturer in Cancer Sciences & Digital Health| Superstar of STEM| Science Communicator, The University of Melbourne

Dr Sat Dushy is an Educator and Researcher at the University of Melbourne (UoM). She led the development of the new Master of Cancer Sciences program and now works in the Centre for Digital Transformation of Health as an Academic Specialist. She completed her PhD and Masters through the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and UoM. Her PhD thesis was focused on identifying novel combination treatment strategies with targeted inhibitors and immunotherapy for Breast Cancer, that harness the immune system. Her current research interests include educational evaluation and learning science. As a Learning Scientist, she specialises in the use of new and engaging technologies in Medical Education such as gamification, virtual/augmented reality, graphics, interaction and animation, to enhance engagement online. She has designed international workshops on ‘Death by PowerPoint’. As an avid Science Communicator, she has competed as a National Finalist in FameLab, gives STEM career talks to PhD, university and school students, and is a regular debunker of scientific conspiracies. She is currently in the Superstars of STEM program from 2023-24. Her most recent educational endeavour includes an animated science YouTube channel called ‘Science in Motion’ #scienceinmotion @DrSatDushy @ScienceMotioner @scienceinmotiongram.

Experience

  • –present
    Academic Specialist in Digital Health Workforce Development , University of Melbourne
  • –present
    Lecturer & Coordinator in Cancer Sciences - Cancer Research, University of Melbourne

Education

  • 2021 
    University of Melbourne , Graduate Certificate in University Teaching
  • 2018 
    University of Melbourne , Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2014 
    University of Melbourne , Master of Biomedical Science
  • 2012 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Publications

  • 2022
    Education to Translate Research into Practice, Translational Radiation Oncology
  • 2022
    Screen-Based Digital Learning Methods in Radiation Oncology and Medical Education, Tech Innov Patient Support Radiat Oncol
  • 2022
    Virtual reality and augmented reality in radiation oncology education - A review and expert commentary, Tech Innov Patient Support Radiat Oncol
  • 2022
    Fostering the use of Learning Health Systems through a fellowship program for interprofessional clinicians, Learning Health Systems
  • 2022
    Designing a professional development online short course to foster Learning Healthcare Systems., Int J Med Inform
  • 2021
    The Development and Piloting of a Virtual Reality Patient Consultation Simulation to Improve Oncology Practitioners Communication and Counseling Skills, International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics
  • 2019
    Characterization of high TIL breast cancers reveals a prognostic and functionally distinct tissue-resident memory subpopulation, CANCER RESEARCH
  • 2018
    Single-cell profiling of breast cancer T cells reveals a tissue-resident memory subset associated with improved prognosis, NATURE MEDICINE
  • 2018
    The Development of a Wholly Online Master's Program for Oncology Clinicians, Journal of Global Oncology
  • 2017
    Agonist immunotherapy restores T cell function following MEK inhibition improving efficacy in breast cancer, NATURE COMMUNICATIONS
  • 2017
    Combined immune checkpoint blockade as a therapeutic strategy for BRCA1-mutated breast cancer, SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE
  • 2017
    Combined CDK4/6 and PI3K alpha Inhibition Is Synergistic and Immunogenic in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, CANCER RESEARCH
  • 2015
    Relevance tumor-infiltraof ting lymphocytes in breast cancer, BMC Medicine
  • 2015
    Tumour-Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TILs) in Breast Cancer: a Predictive or a Prognostic Marker?, Current Breast Cancer Reports
  • 2013
    The osteoblastic and osteoclastic interactions in spinal metastases secondary to prostate cancer., Cancer Growth and Metastasis
  • 2013
    An in vivo mouse model of intraosseous spinal cancer causing evolving paraplegia, Journal of Neuro-Oncology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    The Hitchhiker’s guide to Jupyter notebooks: innovative cross-disciplinary informatics learning for digital health enthusiasts
    Role:
    Primary Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Chancellory
  • 2021
    Development of Health Sciences MicroCerts
    Role:
    Primary investigator
    Funding Source:
    Chancellory
  • 2020
    Gamification in Education – The Amazing Cell Sandbox
    Role:
    Primary investigator
    Funding Source:
    InnovateEd incubator seed funding.
  • 2019
    Development of an Open, Fully Online, Interactive Palliative Care Education Module Incorporating Next-Generation Interview Simulation
    Role:
    Primary investigator
    Funding Source:
    VCCC Building Connectivity Project Seed Funding.
  • 2014
    Teaching and Learning Gateway Early Career Work Group.The Gateway of Teaching & Learning – iBook
    Role:
    Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Seed funding
  • 2014
    iiNurse. In theory: In practice. Vitals Signs – Temperature. University of Melbourne – Department of Nursing
    Role:
    Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Seed funding

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Institute of Digital Health
  • The Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE)
  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)

Honours

Superstar of STEM