Staff Profile: Dr Visalini Nair-Shalliker

Dr Visalini Nair-ShallikerDr Visalini Nair-Shalliker

Research Fellow
Cancer Research Division

Research Interests

Dr Visalini Nair-Shalliker’s research is focussed on identifying environmental, lifestyle and molecular risk factors of prostate cancer, to improve our understanding on the interactions between modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. She completed a PhD in Epidemiology which examined the relationship between sun exposure, vitamin D and development of prostate cancer. This led to her current involvement in a randomised control trial of vitamin D supplementation in men with prostate cancer.


PhD, University of Sydney
Master of Public Health, University of Sydney
Master of Science, Deakin University
Bachelor of Science (Hons), Deakin University

Grants held

A phase II randomised controlled trial of high dose Vitamin D in localised prostate cancer cases with intermediate risk of progression (Pros-D), Project Grant, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Academic affiliations

Honorary Fellow, Macquarie University
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney

Current student supervision

Carlos Nunez, PhD Candidate, The University of Sydney, Thesis Fit-fat and cancer

Visalini is available to supervise PhD students enrolled at Macquarie University and The University of Sydney.

Key publications

Nunez, C., Bauman, A., Egger, S., Sitas, F. & Nair-Shalliker, V. Obesity, physical activity and cancer risks: Results from the Cancer, Lifestyle and Evaluation of Risk Study (CLEAR). Cancer Epidemiol 47, 56-63, doi:10.1016/j.canep.2017.01.002 (2017).

Nair-Shalliker, V., Armstrong, B. K. & Fenech, M. Does vitamin D protect against DNA damage? Mutation research 733, 50-57, (2012).

Nair-Shalliker, V., Dhillon, V., Clements, M., Armstrong, B. K. & Fenech, M. The association between personal sun exposure, serum vitamin D and global methylation in human lymphocytes in a population of healthy adults in South Australia. Mutation research 765, 6-10, doi:10.1016/j.mrfmmm.2014.04.001 (2014).

Nair-Shalliker, V. et al. Sun exposure may increase risk of prostate cancer in the high UV environment of New South Wales, Australia: a case-control study. Int J Cancer 131, E726-732, doi:10.1002/ijc.27400 (2012).

Nair-Shalliker, V. et al. Adult body size, sexual history and adolescent sexual development, may predict risk of developing prostate cancer: Results from the New South Wales Lifestyle and Evaluation of Risk Study (CLEAR). Int J Cancer 140, 565-574, doi:10.1002/ijc.30471 (2017).

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