Carolina Soekmadji


Research Fellow


Circulating vesicles as a potential source for prostate cancer biomarkers

About me

Dr Carolina Soekmadji started her scientific career when she received the Panasonic Scholarship to study a Master degree in Japan. She graduated from Kyoto University in 2003 with a Master of Science (Applied Life Science) degree, majoring in Protein Structure; studying the effects of side chain interaction on SERPIN loop insertion and thermostabilisation of Ovalbumin. She continued her research experience at the University of Stuttgart in Germany to work on a project to design a DNA microarray to detect bacteria which cause pneumonia sepsis. She then accepted the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Melbourne International Reseach Scholarship to study in Australia where she completed her PhD in the Department of Genetics, at the University of Melbourne in 2009; investigating the role of the stoned protein family in exocytosis/endocytosis of synaptic vesicles through their interactions with synaptotagmin-1.

From 2008 to 2009, she held a postdoctoral research position in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland, investigating the regulated endocytosis  of secretory granules in pancreatic acinar cells.

Dr Soekmadji joined the APCRC - Q in 2010 to investigate exosomes as prostate cancer biomarkers and the application of targeted nanoparticles to image prostate cancer. Dr Soekmadji has been awarded a Department of Defence, US Army Postdoctoral Training Award for her project: Exosomes Biomarkers: defining prognosis for drug and castrate resistant prostate cancer. She is also actively involved in Movember Global Action Plan for Exosome Biomarker.

Research fields

prostate cancer, androgen receptor, exosome, biomarker