Prof Maria Kavallaris
Professor Maria Kavallaris is Head of the Tumour Biology and Targeting Program at Children's Cancer Institute, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, is Founding Director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine, University of New South Wales and is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. She was awarded her PhD in Paediatrics in 1994 from the University of New South Wales. Her research contributions in cancer biology and therapeutics are internationally regarded. Her sustained molecular and cell biology studies on the microtubule cytoskeleton have uncovered roles for these proteins in clinical drug resistance, tumourigenesis, metabolism and metastasis. She has made important contributions to drug delivery of cancer therapies using nanotechnology. Maria’s research contributions have been recognised by international and national awards and prizes including an International Agency for Research on Cancer Fellowship, an American Association for Cancer Research Women in Cancer Research Award, NHMRC Fellowships, a Young Tall Poppy Award and an Australian Museum Eureka Prize. In 2015 she was a winner in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence and was also honoured in the Knowledge Nation 100. She has served international committees including the Program Committee for the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research and the International NanoMedicine conferences. Maria is a member of the NHMRC Research committee where she contributes to high level funding policy and funding directions. Maria is Scientific Chair of the Board of the Australian Institute for Policy and Science and has played a major role in advocating medical research through public outreach. She was President of the Australian Society for Medical Research and was recognised by the NHMRC in 2014 as an Australian ‘high achiever’ in health and medical research.