Professor Ross McKinnon

B Pharm, B Sci (Hons), PhD, FFIP, FGLF, FAHMS, MAICD

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1988 …2024

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Research Biography

Welcome to my homepage. I am currently Beat Cancer Professorial Chair in the College of Medicine and Public Health. I was previously Foundation Director of the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute and Dean (Research). A former Flinders School of Medicine PhD graduate, I joined Flinders as Director of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer in 2011 after 16 years with UniSA, stepping down from this role in 2018. At UniSA, I was the inaugural Director of the Sansom Institute (2005-2009) and Associate Head (Research) of the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences. An academic pharmacist, I have broad research interests in the pharmacology, pharmaceutical biotechnology and molecular oncology areas. I am a co-inventor of patents relating to cancer chemoprevention (PharmaQest) and the discovery of novel anti-inflammatory compounds. I am a Board Member of Therapeutic Innovation Australia provided the original vision for the establishment of its product development networks. I am a former Vice-President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), which represents more than fourmillion pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists globally and currently Chair its Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

Research Interests

I have broad interests in the pharmacy and pharmaceutical science discipline including drug discovery and development, pharmacogenomics and the quality use of medicines.

Currently funded projects include:

  • Precision approaches to anti-cancer medicines (Funding: Cancer Council SA, NHMRC)
  • Glucuronidation and cancer (Funding: Cancer Council SA, NHMRC)
  • Development of medicines based on traditional indigenous medicine: a collaborative project with the Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation (Funding: NHMRC, UniSA)

Supervised Students Successes

  • Dec 2020 Madele Van Dyk - Beat Cancer Early Career Fellow
  • Aug 2020 Madele Van Dyk - Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award
  • Sep 2018 Ayla Orang - ComBio Poster Award 2018
  • Aug 2017 Ayla Orang - Flinders University 3 Minute Thesis winner
  • Aug 2014 Bradley Simpson - Tall Poppy Award
  • Apr 2014 Nuy Chau - PSWC 2014 Student Award – International Pharmaceutical Federation
  • Dec 2012 Nuy Chau - ASCEPT Poster Prize in Drug Disposition
  • Dec 2012 Mafalda Dias - ASCEPT Pharmacogenomics Prize
  • Dec 2009 Bradley Simpson - Finalist, Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards
  • Dec 2009 Sasja Beetstra - Sansom Medal
  • Dec 2009 Michael Sorich - Tall Poppy Award
  • Dec 2009 Phil Gregory - Tall Poppy Award
  • Jul 2008 Sylvie Callegari - ASBMB Poster Prize
  • Aug 2006 Sasja Beetstra - Sansom Institute High Impact Paper Award
  • Dec 2003 Michael Sorich - APSA Young Investigator Award
  • Dec 2001 Michael Sorich - PE Biosystems Prize in Drug Metabolism, Delivery and Pharmacokinetics
  • Michael Ward - APSA Oral Prize
  • Michael Ward - APSA Poster Award
  • Michael Sorich - NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship
  • Bradley Simpson - NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Exotoxicology (UniSA) (4)
  • Pharmacology (UniSA) (3)
  • Cancer prevention (UniSA) (2)
  • Carcinogenesis (UniSA) (2)
  • Oncology (2)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (UniSA) (1)
  • Pharmacy (1)
  • Pharmacy (UniSA) (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Pharmacology (4)
  • Cancer prevention (2)
  • Drug Discovery (UniSA) (2)
  • Ecotoxicology (UniSA) (2)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (UniSA) (2)
  • Autism (UniSA) (1)
  • Biochemistry (UniSA) (1)
  • Cancer prevention (UniSA) (1)
  • Cardiology (1)
  • Genetics (UniSA) (1)
  • Oncology (Flinders) (1)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Medical biosciences

Supervisory Interests

  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical biotechnology and natural product drug discovery
  • Mutagenesis/carcinogenesis, molecular basis of mutation
  • Drug metabolising enzymes, cytochrome P450 and UDP-glucuronosyltransferase
  • Cancer treatment
  • Pharmaceuticals


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