Staff at work

Researcher Profiles

Researcher Profiles

 Current Dermatology Researchers

Pablo Penas

A/Prof. Pablo Fernández Peñas has been the Head of Department of Dermatology at Westmead Hospital since 2010 and the Head of Research at the Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia since 2008. A/Prof. Fernández Peñas completed his MD in 1989 and PhD in year 2000 from the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, Spain. Previously, Staff Specialist (Dermatology) at Hospital Universitario de la Princesa (Madrid, Spain, 1995-2007) and Clinical and Honorary Professor at the Universidad Autonoma (Madrid, Spain, 1991-2007). He has over 110 publications, and has participated in more than 30 clinical trials (psoriasis, atopic eczema, hidradenitis suppurativa, actinic keratosis, melanoma, basal cell carcinoma).

Marina Ali

Dr Marina Ali is the Research Unit Manger in the Department of Dermatology. She completed her PhD in the field of Organic Chemistry in 1999. Since then she has worked in the Rheumatology Department at Westmead Hospital as a Research Fellow and Laboratory Manager. In 2011 she joined the department of Dermatology as a clinical trials coordinator and has been responsible for starting up clinical trials and setting up the basic science laboratory. Dr Ali is a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and Australian Society of Biophysics.

Shelly Hwang2

Dr Shelley Ji Eun Hwang is the Dermatology research fellow in the Department of Dermatology at Westmead Hospital. She graduated from the University of New South Wales with Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with academic honours, and completed Master of Medicine on Clinical Epidemiology with scholarship at the university of Sydney. Since 2013, she has been working as a hospital doctor, and joined to work in the Dermatology Department at Westmead Hospital as a clinical research associate since 2015. Dr Hwang has been responsible for assessing and managing skin toxicities that appear on oncology patients treated with systemic therapies. She has commenced on Master of Philosophy (research) at the University of Sydney as of June 2015 and has recently published a few research papers on her topic. Her research topic focuses on skin toxicities associated with anti-Programmed cell death 1 antibody (new immunotherapy) use in patients with advanced malignancies. Dr Hwang has also been working as a sub-investigator for multiple clinical trials and has been conducting full skin examinations using full body photography and digital dermoscopy for high risk melanoma clinic patients.

Cathy Zhao

Dr Cathy Zhao joined our department as a Research Fellow in 2016. She graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2012 and completed her Master of Medicine degree in 2014. Subsequently, Dr Zhao has won the World Congress of Dermatology Travel Scholarship, Feature Poster Award and Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, with 18 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr Zhao is responsible for assessing and managing skin toxicities that appear on oncology patients treated with systemic therapies and using the Fotofinder to perform skin checks. Dr Zhao is passionate about public-hospital dermatology, skin immunology and cutaneous drug reactions. She is currently researching the skin changes during systemic metastatic melanoma therapies.

Ali Azimi

Mr Ali Azimi is a PhD student at the Dermatology Department at Westmead Hospital/Sydney University. He graduated from the University of New South Wales with Bachelor of Medical Science (Honors) in 2012. Ali is currently in his second year of PhD studies, and his research topic focuses on proteomic studies of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) including cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis and Bowen’s Disease. He is using laser-capture microdissection technique coupled with mass spectrometry and bioinformatics analysis to study proteome profile of NMSC materials for the identification of novel biomarkers that could aid in early diagnosis, treatment and management of the tumour.