Dr Kevin Ni
Conjoint Senior Lecturer

Dr Kevin Ni

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor of Philosophy
Medicine & Health
School of Clinical Medicine

I am a cancer research scientist specialising in molecular biomarker discovery, liquid biopsy and extracellular vesicles, transcriptomics, chemo-/radio-resistance, radiation biology, cancer stem cell and imaging in prostate, breast and bladder cancers.

I am currently a Senior Scientific Officer in Cancer Services at St George Hospital SESLHD and Conjoint Senior Lecturer in School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health, based on St George and Sutherland Clinical Campuses.

I obtained my BA and MBBS/MD degrees from China in 2011 and completed my PhD at UNSW Sydney in 2016. To date, I have authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications which have attracted more than 2,300 citations with an h-index of 25.

Selected Professional & Editorial Activities

  • Contracted Scientific Reviewer, Research Directorate, SESLHD (2021~)
  • Executive Member, Human Research Ethics Committee, SESLHD (2022~)
  • Member, Work Health & Safety Committee, STGCL UNSW (2016~)
  • Member, Peer-Review Taskforce, Postgraduate Scholarships, NHMRC (2020~)
  • Member, Peer-Review Committee, e-Asia joint program, NHMRC (2019)
  • Executive Committee Member, Australian Association for Chinese Biomedical Scientists (2011~)
  • Member, American Association for Cancer Research (2013~)
  • Member, European Association for Cancer Research (2017~)
  • Member, European Society of Medical Oncology (2017~)
  • Associate Editor/Editorial Board Member, Board of Radiation Oncology, Frontiers in Oncology (2020~)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Extracellular Vesicles (2020~)
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  • CIA: A novel liquid biopsy assay of blood exosomal microRNA profiles to improve prostate cancer diagnosis. St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation, A$46,000, 2021-2022;
  • AI: Combining nanoplasmonic profiling with machine learning for non-invasive early detection of ovarian cancer using plasma exosomes, Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (GA-2019-13), A$134,026, 2020-2021.
  • CI: Validation of extracellular vesicle protein biomarkers in blood for the personalised treatment decision of prostate cancer patients. SSMRF-St George Cancer Care Foundation Award, A$50,000, 2022-2023.

  • National Scholarship of Excellence, 2008;
  • Outstanding Graduate, 2011;
  • Prostate and Breast Cancer Foundation Scholarships, 2012-2015;
  • Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad Award of China, 2013;
  • Best oral presentation in Basic Science, 2nd Prize, St George and Sutherland Medical Research Symposium, 2016;
  • Travel grant award, European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Asia 2017 Congress, 2017;
  • Service Excellence Award, AACBS, 2018.

Dr Ni's current research interests are

  • identification of biomarkers in liquid biopsy (exosomes) on early detection and prognostic evaluation of prostate cancer patients;
  • proteomic and transcriptomic identification of novel biomarkers to predict radio-resistance in breast and prostate cancers;
  • investigation of the mechanisms of cancer progression, metastasis and therapeutic resistance associated with tumour microenvironment and cancer stem cells;
  • clinicopathologic and biomarker predictors for bladder cancer diagnosis, prognosis and surveillance.


St George Hospital cancer researchers work to advance benefits for patients through early detection

My Research Supervision

  • PhD students 2x (EV transcriptomics and metabolomics in prostate cancer)
  • Masters Student 1x (EV proteomics in breast cancer)
  • Incoming Hons student Year 2023 2x (EV and MRI in prostate and bladder cancers)