BEHIND THE MICROSCOPE: Dr Lisa Philp
Adipokine Research team Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre of Queensland
Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
I am proudly an Adelaidean and grew up in the Barossa Valley region, which has definitely shaped my love of food and wine! I moved to Brisbane about 6 years ago to join the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre- Queensland.
Do you work in a clinical or research setting? And what made you want to get into the work you do?
I am a medical researcher focused on developing new therapies against disease, and my team is perfectly based on the PA Hospital campus, at the Translational Research Institute. My early research background focused on studying factors driving obesity and metabolic and hormonal dysfunction, which also play a key role in fuelling prostate cancer. I was keen to marry my research interests to make a difference in prostate cancer, which sadly touches the lives of many men and their families each year.
Outside of work what do you like to do? Any hobbies, sports or special interests you're involved in?
Absolutely anything that allows me to flex my creative side. When I get some downtime, I like to make jewellery and am an amateur potter/ceramicist. I also love to cook.
If you had to recommend one book to read what would it be?
I wouldn't be able to choose! I am a fan of anything crafted by Margaret Atwood and Isabel Allende. I did love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Who is your favourite musician/or band?
I listen to a wide range of music and love covers (but only if they are done right!). One of favourite Australian bands is Something for Kate and anything from lead Paul Dempsey.
If you could invite three people to a dinner party, anyone in the world, who would they be and why?
My Mum, Dad and Sister. I love my family and a busy research career means I don't get back to Adelaide as much as I would like. A family catch up around the dinner table with some good food and wine is what I would love most.