Dr Dolnikov has done her PhD in Histology and Embryology. For the last 20 years Dr Dolnikov is developing gene therapy for leukaemia and solid tumours.
Alla Dolnikov, PhD, is Principal Hospital Scientist and project leader in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Research Laboratory at Sydney Children’s Hospital. She also teaches post-graduate students at the UNSW as a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine supervising post-graduate students conducting their Honour, Master’s and PhD projects. Dr Dolnikov has done her PhD in Histology and Embryology. For the last 20 years Dr Dolnikov is developing gene therapy for leukaemia and solid tumours. In 2012 her groups has started the new project developing novel experimental immunotherapy that employs patient’s own immune cells genetically modified in laboratory with the chimeric molecules allowing them recognise tumour cells.
Dr Dolnikov has strong expertise in gene and cellular therapy obtained while performing her research in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Research developing the new gene therapy technology targeting haematopoietic stem cells. This collaboration was extremely productive and resulted in several important publications in high profile journals in the areas of stem cell biology, cancer research and gene therapy including Blood, Leukaemia, Cancer Research, Oncogene, Stem Cells etc. Dr Dolnikov continued her research at Children’s Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research as Senior Scientist leading Leukaemia Gene Therapy group. She continues her affiliation with the industry, her recent proposal was approved by the research committee of Novartis.
Dr Dolnikov has demonstrated productivity in attracting independent grants including 10 project grants as a CIA, 2 grants as CIB and 3-year Project Grant from the Cancer Council NSW as a single CI. During the last 10 years Dr Dolnikov alone or in the partnership with Dr O’Brien has attracted more than $1,250,000 of external funding for group’s research.