Assoc Professor Terry Piva

Position

Deputy Head of School, Learning & Teachi

School /
Work Unit

Medical Sciences

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 6503

terry.piva@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 223
Level: 2
Room: 9

Bundoora West Campus

College/Portfolio

Science, Engineering & Health

Dr Terry Piva

Key activities

Summary of responsibilities

  • 2012: Deputy Head of School, Learning & Teaching
  • 2011: Year 3 Coordinator, Biomedical Science
  • 2010–2012: Selection Officer, Biomedical Science
  • 2006–2010: Year 1 Coordinator Biomedical Science
  • 2007–2009: Coordinator, School of Medical Sciences Postgraduate Program
  • 2006–2007 & 2012: Acting Discipline Head (Cell Biology and Anatomy)
  • 2004–2005: Coordinator, Pharmaceutical Sciences Program
  • 2004–2005: Coordinator, Biotechnology and Biomedical Science (Hons) Program
  • 2003–2005: Coordinator, Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Program
  • 2003: International Selection Officer, Biomedical Science

Teaching responsibilities

I am the Course Coordinator for BIOL2299 Biology of Tissue Growth and Repair.

I deliver lectures, run tutorial classes, as well as prac classes to students from many programs (Biomedical Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Laboratory Medicine, Pharmacy, Exercise & Sport Science, Physical Education, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Chinese Medicine, Applied Science) on various topics in the areas of Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Cancer, Immunology and Cell Signalling.

Academic management and administration responsibilities

I am currently a member of the following committees:

  • Member, SEH Portfolio Academic Development Committee
  • Member, SEH Learning & Teaching Leadership Group
  • Member, School of Medical Science’s Executive
  • Chair, School of Medical Science’s Learning & Teaching Committee
  • Member, School of Medical Sciences Postgraduate Research Committee
  • Member, Discipline of Cell Biology and Anatomy Committee
  • Member, Biomedical Science Program Committee
  • Member, Biomedical Science Student Staff Consultation Committee

Educational development work

  • In 2013 I will be responsible for ensuring that all programs and courses delivered by the School of Medical Sciences meet AQF guidelines,
  • I will also be responsible to ensure that the School meets all University requirements with the development and delivery of high quality courses and programs as part of its offerings,
  • In 2006 I led the team that created the Bachelor of Applied Science (Biomedical Science) program, in 2010 it was renamed Bachelor of Biomedical Science.
  • In 2003 and 2004 I was involved in the restructuring of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences) program
  • In 2003 I oversaw the development of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences) (Honours) program which was renamed in 2006 to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Biomedical Science) (Honours) program.

Qualifications

  • PhD, James Cook University, 1989
  • B. Sc. (Hons), James Cook University, 1981
  • B. Sc. James Cook University, 1979

Industry experience

Professional Society Service

  • President Molecular and Experimental Pathology Society of Australasia (MEPSA) 2011–
  • National Secretary MEPSA 2006–11
  • Treasurer, Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) 2012–
  • Treasurer, ASBMB Metabolism Special Interest Group 2011–
  • Member, Australian Health and Medical Research Congress 2006 (Melbourne), 2010 (Melbourne) and Adelaide (2012) Organizing Committees
  • Member, ASBMB Combio'99 (Gold Coast) Organizing Committee

Research organisations

Grant Review Panels

  • Member National Health and Medical Research Council Assignors Academy, 2013
  • Member National Health and Medical Research Council Grant Review Panel, 2010–2012
  • Member, Queensland Cancer Fund Grant Interviewing Committee, 1997

Assessor for several grant giving bodies including:

  • National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant Scheme
  • Care Cancer Australia
  • Qld, NSW, Vic, Tas, SA and WA State Cancer Council Project Grant Schemes

Assessor – scientific journals

Assessor for numerous journals including:

  • British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Science
  • Journal of Investigative Dermatology
  • International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
  • International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences
  • Molecular Cancer
  • Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences

Memberships

  • Australasian Society for Dermatological Research
  • Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biochemical Society (UK)
  • Molecular and Experimental Pathology Society of Australasia
  • Society for Melanoma Research (USA)

Awards

  • 1994, Visiting Research Fellowship, Merton College (Oxford)
  • 1988, Queensland Cancer Fund's D.B. Duncan Memorial Training Fellowship
  • 1983, James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Patents

  • 1990, Amino acid transport proteins, amino acid analogues, assay apparatus, uses thereof for treatment and diagnosis of cancer. Patent Number WO 90/03399, U.S. Patents Office, Washington, U.S.A.

Research overview

Research interests

My research interests are in the following areas:

  • The effects of UV radiation on skin cells and the role it plays in the development of skin cancer
  • The effect of nanoparticle sunscreens on human skin cell function
  • The effect of nutrients on lymphocyte activation
  • Haemostatic parameters in women suffering PCOS
  • Amino acid uptake and metabolism in tumour cells

I currently am supervising 5 PhD students, as well as co-supervising 7 PhD students.

For more information on the research that I am involved with please see the following for more information:

Publications

To date I have published over 40 peer reviewed scientific articles, and over 90 conference abstracts. An abbreviated list of publications (since 2006) includes:

  • Moertel, L., McManus, D.P., PIVA, T.J., Young, L., McInnis, R.L. and Gobert, G.N. (2006) Oligonucleotide microarray analysis of strain- and gender-associated gene expression in Schistosoma japonicum. Molecular Cell. Probes 20, 320-329.
  • Coutts, A., Reaburn, P., PIVA, T.J. and Murphy, A. (2007) Changes in selected biochemical measures and muscular strength, power, endurance during deliberate overreaching and tapering in rugby league players. Int. J. Sports. Med 28, 116-124.
  • Coutts, A.J., Reaburn, P.R.J., PIVA, T.J. and Rowsell, G. (2007) Monitoring for overreaching in rugby league players. Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. 99, 313-324.
  • Huynh, T.T., Chan, K.S. and PIVA, T.J. (2009) The effect of ultraviolet radiation on the expression of p-p38MAPK and furin in human skin cells. Photodermatol. Photoimmunol. Photomed. 25, 20-29.
  • Ruddell, R.G., Barwood, J.M., Rutherford, P.S., Hoang-Le D., PIVA, T.J., Watters, D.J., Santambrogio, P., Arosio, P. and Ramm, G.A. (2009) Ferritin functions as a cytokine inducing proinflammatory mediators of fibrogenesis via iron independent, PKC-ζ/NFκB-regulated signalling in rat hepatic stellate cells. Hepatology 49, 887-900.
  • Muthusamy, V. and PIVA , T.J. (2010) The role of cell signaling pathways play in TNFα release from UV-irradiated human skin cells. Arch. Dermatol. Res. 210, 5-17.
  • Muthusamy, V. and PIVA, T.J. (2011) Melanoma cell signaling: Looking beyond RAS-RAF-MEK. in Skin Cancers - Risk Factors, Prevention and Therapy. (La Porta, C.A.M., Ed), pp87-108. Intech Publishers, Rijeka (Croatia).
  • Muthusamy, V., Hodges, L.D., Macrides, T.A., Boyle, G.M. and PIVA, T.J. (2011) Effect of novel marine neutraceuticals on the inflammatory response of UVB-irradiated human melanocyte-derived cells. Oxidative Med. Cell. Long. 2011, Article ID 728645, 11 pages, 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/728645
  • Burchall, G., Linden, M.D., Teede, H. & PIVA T.J. (2011) The hemostatic system in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Trends Cardiovasc. Med. 21, 6-14.
  • PIVA, T.J., Davern, C.M., Hall, P.M., Winterford, C.M. & Ellem, K.A.O. (2012) The increased activity of cell surface peptidases in HeLa cells undergoing UV-induced apoptosis is not mediated by caspase 3. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 13, 2650-2675.
  • Feltis, B.N., O’Keefe, S.J., Harford, A.J., PIVA, T.J., Turney T.W. & Wright, P.F.A. (2012) Independent cytotoxic and inflammatory responses to Zinc Oxide nanoparticles in human monocytes and macrophages. Nanotoxicol. 6, 757-765.
  • Turney, T.M., Duriska, M.B., Jayaratne, V., Elbaz, A., O’Keefe, S.J., Hastings, A., PIVA, T.J., Wright, P.F.A. & Feltis, B.N. (2012) Formation of Zinc-containing nanoparticles from Zn2+ ions in cell culture media: Implications for the nanotoxicology of ZnO. Chem. Res. Toxicol. 25, 2057-2066.
  • Ravi, R. & PIVA, T.J. (2013) The role of furin the development of skin cancer in “Highlights in Skin Cancer”, (Vereecken, P., Ed), pp271-299. InTech publishers, Rijeka (Croatia)