Rick Sturm

A/Prof Sturm is based within the Dermatology Research Centre (DRC), Diamantina Institute at the University of Queensland, and is a member of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for the Study of Naevi (2015-2020). His research focus is the biology of the melanocyte cell and pigmentation genetics in relation to human skin cancer, skin UV-sensitivity, freckling and naevi formation. Work from his laboratory has described the genetic association between human MC1R variant alleles, red hair, skin type, and UV repair and the cellular and biochemical properties of the variant forms of the MC1R receptor. More recently he has examined the effect of the MITF E318K mutation on naevus phenotypes in melanoma patients.