The Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) is an Australian Medical Research Institute which carries out a world-class program of innovative research, making breakthrough discoveries in the fundamental biology of cancer, and translating these discoveries into new ways to prevent and treat this group of diseases. 

The CCB is an alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia and boasts the largest concentration of cancer research in South Australia.

CCB laboratories are led by distinguished full-time group leaders who carry out research across a broad spectrum of solid and blood cancers, focussing on the specialised areas of gene regulation, molecular signalling, tumour microenvironment, translational oncology and cancer genomics. In addition to these laboratories, our ACRF Genomics Facility provides access to state-of-the-art genomics research equipment, computing technology and bioinformatics expertise.

Translation of new discoveries into clinical practice is strengthened by the co-localisation of the laboratories within a single centre, as well as its proximity to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide, with which it shares key research facilities.

Postgraduate projects

Take a look through our Postgraduates Projects booklet (PDF, 2.1MB) to discover the research projects available this year. In most cases other opportunities are also available, so we encourage you to contact the Heads of laboratories to discuss your project ideas.

Read more about each laboratory and learn about our research opportunities.


A range of scholarships are available for students wishing to undertake Masters or PhD studies at the Centre for Cancer Biology.

Both the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide administer Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA), and offer a limited number of University Postgraduate awards (for Australian students).

Scholarships are available for international students through both Universities.

Externally-funded scholarship opportunities may also be available for some laboratories and projects.

The Universities also provide scholarship opportunities to assist students in specific categories including indigenous students, students who have experienced socio-economic disadvantage, students from rural areas and students with disabilities.

Find scholarships

Take a closer look at the scholarships offered by UniSA and Adelaide Uni:

Undergraduate Students

If you are interested in a student placement at the Centre for Cancer Biology you may wish to identify the laboratory most relevant to your area of research and contact the Laboratory Head to express your interest. 

Read more about each laboratory here.