Prof Eliza Whiteside


Prof Eliza Whiteside
NameProf Eliza Whiteside
Email Addresseliza.whiteside@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleProfessor (Biomedical Science)
QualificationsBSc JCU, PGCert AcadPrac QUT, PhD QUT
DepartmentSchool of Health and Medical Sciences
AffiliationsCentre for Future Materials
Centre for Health Research
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9710-7987
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Biography

Career Summary: CI Whiteside has more than twenty years of experience in the higher education sector. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from James Cook University and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She has held teaching, research and leadership roles in four Australian universities and a visiting lecturer appointment in the United Kingdom. She has undertaken leadership and management training through Harvard University, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. In her current role at the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) she is the Associate Head of School (Medical Sciences), Chair of the Darling Downs-South West Medical Pathway (DDSWMP) Student Selection and Admissions, the Molecular Biomarkers Research Group Lead (Centre for Health Research, Institute for Resilient Regions) and Medical Materials and Technologies Lead in the Sustainable Industry Manufacturing for Long-term Ecosystems (SIMPLE) Hub (Centre for Future Materials, Institute of Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences). Her research track record is in molecular biomarkers, cancer biology, survivorship, women’s health and student learning however since 2020 she has been developing capacity in Aboriginal health research and medical technologies. CI Whiteside is a Director/Advisor/Member on several boards including Blush Cancer Care Inc (Deputy Chair), Yvonne O’Neill Academy Board (providing education/training pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth), and the Undergraduate Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) Australia-New Zealand Consortium Board, Test Management Committee, Research Committee and Rural Medicine Interest Group. She is also a UniSQ representative on the University of Queensland (UQ) MD Admissions Board and the DDSWMP Research, Infrastructure and MD Working Groups. She is as an elected member of the UniSQ Academic Board and Research Committee and an appointed member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee. CI Whiteside advocates for equal opportunity in research and academia through her roles with the UniSQ Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Initiatives, Early Career Researcher Program Steering Committee and previously the UniSQ Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2020 – 2021). She is an active proponent for science outreach in schools, especially in remote and regional areas including as part of the UniSQ Deadly Ways Indigenous Outreach and Engagement program and cancer fundraising, support and advocacy in her volunteer roles with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Cancer Council.

Research Contributions: CI Whiteside has 48 peer-reviewed research outputs and 1098 citations recorded by Google Scholar. Her highest first author citation count (98) is for a publication from her PhD research and her highest overall citation count (256) is for a review with her colleagues from QUT. Her H index and i10 index is 13 (noting that her corrected years of research productivity is 9 years and 10 months, NHMRC Relative to Opportunity Policy). The mean impact factor of the journals that she has published her research is 6.5 (highest 11.205 and lowest 1.795) and all but five are in Scientific Journal Ranking (SJR) quartile 1. CI Whiteside is regularly invited to speak on research topics in cancer and women’s health to both academic and community groups.

Research Support and Funding: Although CI Whiteside has had a high administrative and teaching workload in her career to date, she has attracted ~$5.35M in external research funding in her roles at UniSQ and QUT. As a chief investigator, she has been successful in securing an NHMRC Project Grant, a Dept of Health ‘Closing the Gap’ Grant and a Dept of Education, Skills and Employment Regional Research Collaboration Program Grant. In the latter, CI Whiteside is the Medical Materials and Technologies Lead.

Collaborations: CI Whiteside collaborates with other researchers both within her discipline of biomedical sciences and interdisciplinary (including nursing, public health, medicine, engineering, materials science and statistics) and works closely with the communities that her research serves (cancer patients and consumer advocates, undergraduate and medical students and Aboriginal Medical Services). She has active collaborations with QUT, UQ Rural Clinical School, Darling Downs Health, Southwest Hospital and Health Service, Goolburri AMS and Charleville AMS and Han University, The Netherlands. She has previously collaborated with researchers at University of California, Harvard University Medical School, Nanjing Normal University, Translational Research Institute and Queensland Institute of Medical Research – Berghofer.

Community Engagement and Participation: Relevant to this application, CI Whiteside’s past research has engaged Aboriginal Medical Services, Primary Health Network DDWM, Darling Downs Health Innovation Research Collaborative, and other advocacy groups. CI Whiteside has completed the University of Technology, Sydney Supervising Indigenous Research and Higher Degree Research Students Micro credential (2022) as well as the Centre or Cultural Competence Australia Foundation In Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competence course (2020). Furthermore, CI Whiteside is leading a Dept of Health ‘Closing The Gap’ funded project aimed at improving the management of chronic wounds in regional, rural and remote Aboriginal Medical Services. This project has been co-designed with Community and informed through respectful and culturally appropriate research methods. CI Whiteside has also been a volunteer with the CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools program since 2010 where she partners with schools and teachers to enhance science education and opportunities for students, particularly in under-represented groups including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students, rural and remote and young women students.

Research Supervision and Mentoring: CI Whiteside has supervised 42 HDR and Honours students to completion and is the current primary supervisor of four PhD students and associate supervisor of three PhD students. CI Whiteside also supervises one Honours student and one industry placement student and is a mentor in the UniSQ Early Career Researcher Program. CI Whiteside supervises a staff of 26 and mentors these academics in their career planning and progression.

Honours and Awards:

• Life Sciences Queensland, Merck Life Science Rural and Regional Service Award finalist, 2022,

• Women in Technology Regional, Rural and Remote Award finalist, 2021,

• Commonwealth Games Baton Bearer in Toowoomba (nominated for contributions to medical research and community outreach), 2018,

• Winner - Queensland Young Tall Poppy Award, 2013,

• Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation QUT Bluebox BIO Fellowship, fully funded travel and conference registration to BIO Congress Chicago, USA, April 2013,

• Winner - University of Sydney Medical Research Conference 2002 Post-Doctoral Category Best Oral Presentation,

• Winner - Australian Society for Reproductive Biology Young Scientist of the Year, 1999,

• Runner-Up, Australian Society for Medical Research Queensland Prize, 1999,

• Winner, University Medal and Excellence Award for Teaching, Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences (UniSQ), 2019,

• Winner, Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences (UniSQ) Teaching Excellence Award, 2019,

• Semi-finalist, Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards (Educational Innovation Award), 2016,

• Winner, ‘Star of the University of Bedfordshire Award’ for Best Lecturer in Biomedical Science, 2008.

Professional Involvement: CI Whiteside has been an active member in the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia, Wounds Australia and Women in Technology professional societies.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Professor (Biomedical Sciences)University of Southern Queensland20132023

Expertise

Cancer, survivorship, Aboriginal peoples' health and advocacy, stroke, student learning, women's health, medical materials and technologies

Teaching

BIO3103 Applications in Human Tissue Engineering

BIO3203 Applications in Medical Biotechnology

Fields of Research

  • 321499. Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences not elsewhere classified
  • 329999. Other biomedical and clinical sciences not elsewhere classified
  • 390110. Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia
Wounds Australia
Women in Technology
BSc
JCU
1994
PGCert AcadPrac
QUT
2013
PhD
QUT
2001

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
Development and evaluation of a 3D printed hand rehabilitation aid (hand exoskeleton) for post-stroke patients experiencing motor dysfunctionAssociate SupervisorMasters2024
A 3D bioengineered bone microenvironment to quantitatively measure the tumourigenic properties of metastatic associated fibroblasts (MAFs) in cancer metastases.Associate SupervisorDoctoral2023
Cerebrovascular Function and Cognition in Breast Cancer Patients and the Role of Exercise TrainingAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2023
The role of stress in moderating the effects of fatigue on quality of life among stroke survivors.Principal SupervisorDoctoral2022
Investigating the potential of novel compounds produced by Australian fungal endophytes to treat and prevent chronic wounds.Associate SupervisorDoctoral2022
ABORIGINAL TRADITIONAL BUSH REMEDIES INCORPORATED INTO BIOACTIVE HYDROGEL FILMS AS A POTENTIAL TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC WOUNDS.Principal SupervisorDoctoral2021
The effects of increased respiratory muscle work on biomarkers of muscle damageAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2018
Exploring the attitudes of students to the study of bioscience within the Complementary Medicine (CM) curriculum.Principal SupervisorDoctoral2017
Curcumin in the prevention of cancer developmentAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2017

Construction and Deconstruction: Materials and substances from 'waste'

Burey, Paulomi, Feldman, Jessica, Seligmann, Hannah, Song, Eric, Flynn, Matthew, Helwig, Andreas, Gharineiat, Zahra, Seneviratne, Dinuki, Whiteside, Eliza, Shelley, Tristan, Priesler, Nils, Manalo, Allan, Mirzaghorbanali, Ali, Nourizadeh, Hadi, Roberts, Michae, Nicol, Rose, Redmond, Petrea, Lynch, Mark, Dearnaley, John, ..., Germon, Geoff. 2023. "Construction and Deconstruction: Materials and substances from 'waste'." Chemistry in Australia. (June-August 2023), pp. 16-21.

Biomarkers to measure respiratory muscle damage following inspiratory pressure threshold loading in healthy young men

Iqbal, Muneeb, Bliss, Edward, Whiteside, Eliza, Hoffman, Ben and Mills, Dean E,. 2023. "Biomarkers to measure respiratory muscle damage following inspiratory pressure threshold loading in healthy young men." Journal of Applied Physiology. 134 (4), pp. 1038-1046. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00656.2022

Differences in total cognition and cerebrovascular function in female breast cancer survivors and cancer-free women

Downs, Tahnee L., Whiteside, Eliza J., Foot, Gaye, Mills, Dean E. and Bliss, Edward S.. 2023. "Differences in total cognition and cerebrovascular function in female breast cancer survivors and cancer-free women." The Breast. 69, pp. 358-365. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.breast.2023.03.018

Scoping review of molecular biomarkers associated with fatigue, stress, and depression in stroke survivors: A protocol

Potter, Tarynn, Gange, Nisal, Whiteside, Eliza and Gyawali, Prajwal. 2023. "Scoping review of molecular biomarkers associated with fatigue, stress, and depression in stroke survivors: A protocol." PLoS One. 18. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0281238.

The impact of an anatomy and physiology open textbook on student satisfaction and engagement in a regional Australian university

Chruscik, Anna, Kauter, Kate, Whiteside, Anna and Windus, Louisa. 2022. "The impact of an anatomy and physiology open textbook on student satisfaction and engagement in a regional Australian university." 39th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2022). Sydney, Australia 04 - 07 Dec 2022 Australia. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). https://doi.org/10.14742/APUBS.2022.183

Embedding Authentic First Nations Content within Biomedical Science Curriculum

Myer, Sarah, Fossey, Uncle Wayne, Ward, Raelene and Whiteside, Eliza J.. 2022. "Embedding Authentic First Nations Content within Biomedical Science Curriculum." Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (2022). Perth, Australia Sydney, Australia.

How to do science: A guide to researching human physiology

Lexis, Louise, Julien, Brianna, Bliss, Edward, Derrington, Kate, Dooley, Leanne, Kauter, Kate, McGregor, Rowena, Myer, Sarah, Salmeron, Raquel, Suraweera, Samanthi, Whiteside, Eliza and Windus, Louisa. 2022. How to do science: A guide to researching human physiology. Australia. University of Southern Queensland.

Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology

Chruscik, Anna, Kauter, Kate, Windus, Louisa, Whiteside, Eliza and Dooley, Leanne. 2021. Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology . Australia. University of Southern Queensland.

The long non-coding RNA GHSROS reprograms prostate cancer cell lines toward a more aggressive phenotype

Thomas, Patrick B., Jeffrey, Penny, Gahete, Manuel D., Whiteside, Eliza, Walpole, Carina, Maugham, Michelle, Jovanovic, Lidija, Gunter, Jennifer, Williams, Elizabeth, Nelson, Colleen, Herington, Adrian, Luque, Raul M., Veedu, Rakesh, Chopin, Lisa K. and Seim, Inge. 2021. "The long non-coding RNA GHSROS reprograms prostate cancer cell lines toward a more aggressive phenotype." PEERJ. 9, pp. 1-29. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.10280

Academic achievement and student satisfaction: moving anatomy and physiology teaching online

Chruscik, Anna, Windus, Louisa, Wang, Jianxiong, Kauter, Kate and Whiteside, Eliza. 2020. "Academic achievement and student satisfaction: moving anatomy and physiology teaching online." 2020 Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (formerly UniServe Science Conference). Online 30 Sep - 02 Oct 2020 Australia.

Cells and 3D printed bioscaffolds: inter-disciplinary collaborations to engage and inspire students in biomedical science

Whiteside, Eliza, Piper, Steph and Maxwell, Andrew. 2019. "Cells and 3D printed bioscaffolds: inter-disciplinary collaborations to engage and inspire students in biomedical science." 2019 Biosciences Education Australia Network Forum (BEAN19). Melbourne, Australia 08 - 10 Dec 2019

The long non-coding RNA GHSROS facilitates breast cancer cell migration and orthotopic xenograft tumour growth

Thomas, Patrick B., Seim, Inge, Jeffery, Penny L., Gahete, Manuel D., Maugham, Michelle, Crisp, Gabrielle J., Stacey, Andrew, Shah, Esha T., Walpole, Carina, Whiteside, Eliza J., Nelson, Colleen C., Herington, Adrian C., Luque, Raul M., Veedu, Rakesh N. and Chopin, Lisa K.. 2019. "The long non-coding RNA GHSROS facilitates breast cancer cell migration and orthotopic xenograft tumour growth." International Journal of Oncology. 55 (6), pp. 1223-1236. https://doi.org/10.3892/ijo.2019.4891

The gut-brain axis, the human gut microbiota and their integration in the development of obesity

Bliss, Edward S. and Whiteside, Eliza. 2018. "The gut-brain axis, the human gut microbiota and their integration in the development of obesity." Frontiers in Physiology. 9, pp. 1-27. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2018.00900

Dysregulated expression of the human long noncoding RNA GHSROS may influence prostate cancer progression and resistance to docetaxel

Thomas, Patrick B., Jeffrey, Penny L., Manuel, Gahete D., Whiteside, Eliza J., Maugham, Michelle, Walpole, Carina, Gunter, Jennifer H., Williams, Elizabeth D., Nelson, Colleen C., Herington, Adrian C., Luque, Raul M., Veedu, Rakesh N., Chopin, Lisa K. and Seim, Inge. 2018. "Dysregulated expression of the human long noncoding RNA GHSROS may influence prostate cancer progression and resistance to docetaxel." Annual Meeting of 2018 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR 2018). Chicago, United States 14 - 18 Apr 2018 United States. American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). https://doi.org/10.1158/1538-7445.AM2018-2452

The long non-coding RNA, GHSROS, mediates prostate cancer growth

Thomas, Patrick, Walpole, Carina Maree, Jeffery, Penny, Jovanovic, Lidija, Herington, Adrian, Nelson, Colleen, Whiteside, Eliza, Veedu, Rakesh, Seim, Inge and Chopin, Lisa. 2018. "The long non-coding RNA, GHSROS, mediates prostate cancer growth ." Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia 2016. Gold Coast, Australia 21 - 24 Aug 2016 United Kingdom . John Wiley & Sons. https://doi.org/10.1111/cen.13259

Targeting the Long Non-Coding RNA GHSROS, a Mediator of Prostate Cancer Tumour Growth, with Antisense Oligonucleotides

Thomas, Patrick B, Walpole, Carina M, Jeffrey, Penny L, Jovanovic, Lidija, Herington, Adrian C, Nelson, Colleen C, Whiteside, Eliza, Veedu, Rakesh N, Seim, Inge and Chopin, Lisa K.. 2016. "Targeting the Long Non-Coding RNA GHSROS, a Mediator of Prostate Cancer Tumour Growth, with Antisense Oligonucleotides." 17th Asia‐Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference. Australia 03 - 31 Aug 2016 United Kingdom . John Wiley & Sons.

Stress, COMT polymorphisms, and depressive symptoms in older Australian women: an exploratory study

Seib, Charrlotte, Whiteside, Eliza, Voisey, Joanne, Lee, Kathryn, Alexander, Kimberly, Humphreys, Janice, Chopin, Lisa and Anderson, Debra. 2016. "Stress, COMT polymorphisms, and depressive symptoms in older Australian women: an exploratory study." Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers. 20 (8), pp. 478-481. https://doi.org/10.1089/gtmb.2015.0028

Multi-species sequence comparison reveals conservation of ghrelin gene-derived splice variants encoding a truncated ghrelin peptide

Seim, Inge, Jeffrey, Penny L., Thomas, Patrick B., Walpole, Carina M., Maugham, Michelle, Fung, Jenny N. T., Yap, Pei-Yi, O'Keeffe, Angela, Lai, John, Whiteside, Eliza J., Herington, Adrian C. and Chopin, Lisa K.. 2016. "Multi-species sequence comparison reveals conservation of ghrelin gene-derived splice variants encoding a truncated ghrelin peptide." Endocrine. 52 (3), pp. 609-617. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12020-015-0848-7

Location of residence and breast cancer stage: a SEER population-based analysis

Brandon, Lindsay, Youl, Pip, Baade, Peter, Whiteside, Eliza and Kimlin, Michael. 2015. "Location of residence and breast cancer stage: a SEER population-based analysis." The Breast Journal. 21 (6), pp. 693-695. https://doi.org/10.1111/tbj.12499

You don't know what you don't know: ethics and participant consent issues for eResearch users

Ostini, Jenny, Gacenga, Francis, Pocock, Celmara and Whiteside, Eliza. 2014. "You don't know what you don't know: ethics and participant consent issues for eResearch users." eResearch Australasia 2014 Conference: Towards Unified Global Research. Melbourne, Australia 27 - 31 Oct 2014 Sydney, Australia.

A longitudinal study of the impact of chronic psychological stress on health-related quality of life and clinical biomarkers: protocol for the Australian Healthy Aging of Women Study

Seib, Charrlotte, Whiteside, Eliza J., Humphreys, Janice, Lee, Kathryn, Thomas, Patrick, Chopin, Lisa, Crisp, Gabrielle, O'Keeffe, Angela, Kimlin, Michael, Stacey, Andrew and Anderson, Debra. 2014. "A longitudinal study of the impact of chronic psychological stress on health-related quality of life and clinical biomarkers: protocol for the Australian Healthy Aging of Women Study." BMC Public Health. 14 (1), pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-9

Stress, lifestyle, and quality of life in midlife and older Australian women: results from the stress and the health of women study

Seib, Charrlotte, Whiteside, Eliza, Lee, Kathryn, Humphreys, Janice, Dao Tran, Tiet Hanh, Chopin, Lisa and Anderson, Debra. 2014. "Stress, lifestyle, and quality of life in midlife and older Australian women: results from the stress and the health of women study." Women's Health Issues. 24 (1), pp. e43-e52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.whi.2013.11.004

Identification of a long non-coding RNA gene, growth hormone secretagogue receptor opposite strand, which stimulates cell migration in non-small cell lung cancer cell lines

Whiteside, Eliza J., Seim, Inge, Pauli, Jana P., O'Keefe, Angela J., Thomas, Patrick B., Carter, Shea L., Walpole, Carina M., Fung, Jenny N. T., Josh, Peter, Herington, Adrian C. and Chopin, Lisa K.. 2013. "Identification of a long non-coding RNA gene, growth hormone secretagogue receptor opposite strand, which stimulates cell migration in non-small cell lung cancer cell lines." International Journal of Oncology. 43 (2), pp. 566-574. https://doi.org/10.3892/ijo.2013.1969

Ghrelin O-acyltransferase (GOAT) is expressed in prostate cancer tissues and cell lines and expression is differentially regulated in vitro by ghrelin

Seim, Inge, Jeffery, Penny L., de Amorim, Laura, Walpole, Carina M., Fung, Jenny, Whiteside, Eliza J., Lourie, Rohan, Herington, Adrian C. and Chopin, Lisa K.. 2013. "Ghrelin O-acyltransferase (GOAT) is expressed in prostate cancer tissues and cell lines and expression is differentially regulated in vitro by ghrelin." Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. 11 (1), pp. 70-78. https://doi.org/10.1186/1477-7827-11-70

Cloning of a novel insulin-regulated ghrelin transcript in prostate cancer

Seim, Inge, Lubik, Amy A., Lehman, Melanie L., Tomlinson, Nadine, Whiteside, Eliza J., Herington, Adrian C., Nelson, Colleen C. and Chopin, Lisa K.. 2013. "Cloning of a novel insulin-regulated ghrelin transcript in prostate cancer." Journal of Molecular Endocrinology. 50 (2), pp. 179-191. https://doi.org/10.1530/JME-12-0150

Ghrelin and cancer

Chopin, Lisa, Walpole, Carina, Seim, Inge, Cunningham, Peter, Murray, Rachael, Whiteside, Eliza, Josh, Peter and Herington, Adrian. 2011. "Ghrelin and cancer." Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. 340 (1), pp. 65-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mce.2011.04.013

Functional growth hormone (GH) receptors and GH are expressed by preimplantation mouse embryos: a role for GH in early embryogenesis?

Pantaleon, M., Whiteside, E. J., Harvey, M.B., Barnard, R.T., Waters, M.J. and Kaye, P.L.. 1997. "Functional growth hormone (GH) receptors and GH are expressed by preimplantation mouse embryos: a role for GH in early embryogenesis?" University of Adelaide. 94 (10), pp. 5125-5130. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.94.10.5125