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Senior Lecturer
Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia (Wellington)
BBmedSc PhD
Research summary
Colorectal cancer; disease biomarkers


I completed both my BBMedSc and PhD at Victoria University of Wellington before undertaking a postdoctoral fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. My research during this time focused on the use of extracellular vesicles and small non-coding RNAs in the plasma as functional biomarkers for cardiovascular and metabolic disease. In 2017 I returned to Wellington and joined the University of Otago as a Lecturer in the Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia.

My current research interests include the use of extracellular vesicles and RNA as plasma biomarkers for risk stratification and prediction of response to therapy in patient groups, and their mechanisms of function in cellular models of disease. Working with surgeons based at University of Otago and Wellington Hospital as a part of the Surgical Cancer Research Group, I am involved in several projects investigating novel biomarkers in colorectal cancer.


Peeters, W. M., Gram, M., Dias, G. J., Vissers, M. C. M., Hampton, M. B., Dickerhof, N., Bekhit, A. E., … Bayer, S., … Sheard, P. W., Danielson, K. M., … Cornwall, J., & Rowlands, D. S. (2023). Changes to insulin sensitivity in glucose clearance systems and redox following dietary supplementation with a novel cysteine-rich protein: A pilot randomized controlled trial in humans with type-2 diabetes. Redox Biology, 67, 102918. doi: 10.1016/j.redox.2023.102918 Journal - Research Article

Symonds, E. K. C., Black, B., Brown, A., Meredith, I., Currie, M. J., Hally, K. E., & Danielson, K. M. (2023). Adipose derived stem cell extracellular vesicles modulate primary human macrophages to an anti-inflammatory phenotype in vitro. Journal of Extracellular Biology, 2, e104. doi: 10.1002/jex2.104 Journal - Research Article

Symonds, E. K. C., Wilms, H., Finlayson, C., Hally, K. E., Black, B., Sparks, S. V., … Dennett, E. R., Danielson, K. M., & Meredith, I. (2023). Volumetric assessment of fat graft retention over implant by MRI. Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery, 6(1), 70234. doi: 10.34239/ajops.70234 Journal - Research Article

Young, T., Dalzell, F., Danielson, K., & Lin, A. (2023). The trend in geriatric general surgical admissions in a tertiary centre in New Zealand. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 93(Suppl. 1), (pp. 57-58). doi: 10.1111/ans.18394 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Gower, H., Danielson, K., Dennett, E., & Deere, J. (2023). Potential role of volatile organic compound breath testing in the Australasian colorectal cancer pathway. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 93, 1159-1161. doi: 10.1111/ans.18195 Journal - Research Other

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