Professor Jyotsna Batra

MSc, PhD

Professor and Group Leader


About me

Prof Jyotsna Batra is an esteemed group leader at the Centre for Genomics and Personalised Health, QUT. Armed with a Master's degree in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology, her expertise lies in unravelling the genetic intricacies of hereditary disorders using bioinformatics and experimental approaches. Leading a dedicated research group focused on the molecular genetics of prostate cancer, Prof Batra is committed to identifying genetic variants associated with cancer risk and deciphering their molecular impact on cancer initiation and progression.

Her current research goal is to pioneer the development of improved biomarkers for early cancer detection. With a prolific portfolio, she has contributed to over 180 research articles, gracing high-impact journals such as Cancer Discovery and Nature Genetics. Recognized for her outstanding contributions, Prof Batra has secured over $10M in research funding and received prestigious awards such as NHMRC Early Career and Career Development Fellowships, the Qld Young Tall Poppy Award and Cure Cancer Researcher of the Year Award. She is currently supported by MTPConnect REDI Fellowship and Advance Qld Industry Research Fellowships. Beyond her research, she is dedicated to supporting STEM careers for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, exemplified by her role as a QLD Flying Scientist to remote regions, promoting STEM culture in the outback.


  • Out of 174 articles consisting of 156 research articles, 8 reviews, 5 book chapters, 3 Editorial and 2 commentaries (33% as first/corresponding author), with a total of >7,000 citations (>5,500 in last 5 years).

Stegeman, S., Amankwah, E., Klein, K., O'Mara, T. A., Kim, D., Lin, H. Y., additional 28 authors, Batra, J. (2015). A Large-Scale Analysis of Genetic Variants within Putative miRNA Binding Sites in Prostate Cancer. Cancer Discov, 5(4), 368-379. doi:10.1158/2159-8290.CD-14-1057

Matin, F., Jeet, V., Moya, L., Selth, L. A., Chambers, S., Australian Prostate Cancer, BioResource, Clements, J., Batra, J. (2018). A plasma biomarker panel of four microRNAs for the diagnosis of prostate cancer Sci Rep 8, 6653.

Moradi, A., Srinivasan, S., Clements, J., & Batra, J. (2019). Beyond the biomarker role: Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the prostate cancer microenvironment. Cancer and Metastasis Reviews, 38(3), 333-346. doi:10.1007/s10555-019-09815-3

Farashi S, Kryza T, Clements J, Batra J (2019) Post-GWAS in prostate cancer: from genetic association to biological contribution Nat Rev Cancer 19(1):46-59. doi:10.1038/s41568-018-0087-3

Matin F, Jeet V, Srinivasan S, Cristino AS, Panchadsaram J, Australian Prostate Cancer BioResource, Clements JA, Batra J (2019) MicroRNA-3162-5p Mediated Crosstalk between Kallikrein Family Members including Prostate Specific Antigen in Prostate Cancer Clin Chem 65(6):771-780 doi: 10.1373/clinchem.2018.295824


Research fields

Prostate Cancer