Dr Jo Perry

PhD, BSc (Hons)

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Senior Research Fellow


Dr Perry is a cell and molecular biologist with expertise in endocrinology and oncology. Her research interests lie in the involvement of growth factors and hormones in human development and disease including complications of pregnancy and cancer.

Dr Perry completed her PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research in London and was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Peter Doherty Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne. She joined the Liggins Institute in 2005.


Research | Current

  • The role of placental growth hormone in the development and function of the placenta.
  • The contribution of human growth hormone to cancer progression and the mechanistic interactions of this hormone with conventional cancer therapies used clinically.
  • Developing small molecule targeted therapies directed against the human growth hormone receptor.

Other research and teaching interests

  • Liggins Education Network for Science (LENScience)


Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Auckland Cancer Research Network

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Liao, S., Vickers, M. H., Taylor, R. S., Jones, B., Fraser, M., McCowan, L. M. E., ... Perry, J. K. (2016). Human placental growth hormone is increased in maternal serum at 20 weeks of gestation in pregnancies with large-for-gestational-age babies. Growth factors (Chur, Switzerland), 34 (5-6), 203-209. 10.1080/08977194.2016.1273223
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33483
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Mhoyra Fraser, Lesley McCowan, Philip Baker
  • Jacobson, E., Perry, J. K., Long, D. S., Vickers, M. H., & O'Sullivan JM (2016). A potential role for genome structure in the translation of mechanical force during immune cell development. Nucleus (Austin, Tex.), 7 (5), 462-475. 10.1080/19491034.2016.1238998
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Justin O'Sullivan
  • Evans, A., Jamieson, S. M. F., Liu, D. X., Wilson, W. R., & Perry, J. K. (2016). Growth hormone receptor antagonism suppresses tumour regrowth after radiotherapy in an endometrial cancer xenograft model. Cancer Letters, 379 (1), 117-123. 10.1016/j.canlet.2016.05.031
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30976
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: William Wilson, Stephen Jamieson
  • Vouyovitch, C. M., Perry, J. K., Liu, D. X., Bezin, L., Vilain, E., Diaz, J. J., ... Mertani, H. C. (2016). WNT4 mediates the autocrine effects of growth hormone in mammary carcinoma cells. Endocrine-Related Cancer, 23 (7), 571-585. 10.1530/ERC-15-0528
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30085
  • Kong, X., Wu, W., Yuan, Y., Pandey, V., Wu, Z., Lu, X., ... Zhang, M. (2016). Human growth hormone and human prolactin function as autocrine/paracrine promoters of progression of hepatocellular carcinoma. Oncotarget, 7 (20), 29465-29479. 10.18632/oncotarget.8781
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30977
  • Liao, S., Vickers, M. H., Stanley, J. L., Ponnampalam, A. P., Baker, P. N., & Perry, J. K. (2016). The Placental Variant of Human Growth Hormone Reduces Maternal Insulin Sensitivity in a Dose-Dependent Manner in C57BL/6J Mice. Endocrinology, 157 (3), 1175-1186. 10.1210/en.2015-1718
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30979
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Anna Ponnampalam, Philip Baker
  • Jiang, Y., Marshall, R., Walpole, S., Prieto-Merino, D., Liu, D.-X., & Perry, J. (2015). An international ecological study of adult height in relation to cancer incidence for 24 anatomical sites. Cancer Causes & Control, 26 (3), 493-499. 10.1007/s10552-014-0520-1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yannan Jiang, Roger Marshall
  • Perera, O., Evans, A., Pertziger, M., MacDonald, C., Chen, H., Liu, D. X., ... Perry, J. K. (2015). Trefoil factor 3 (TFF3) enhances the oncogenic characteristics of prostate carcinoma cells and reduces sensitivity to ionising radiation. Cancer Letters, 361 (1), 104-111. 10.1016/j.canlet.2015.02.051


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M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 2, Room 263A
New Zealand

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