Professor Maria Kavallaris
SYDNEY NSW 2052
Research Group: Australian Centre for NanoMedicine
Current Research ActivitiesProfessor Maria Kavallaris is Head of the Tumour Biology and Targeting Program at the Children\'s Cancer Institute Australia, and holds a conjoint academic appointment in the Faculty of Medicine, UNSW. Her research contributions are internationally regarded and include identifying the mechanisms of action and resistance to anticancer drugs that target cell division; discovering new cytoskeleton interactions in cancer; and the development of less toxic cancer therapies using nanotechnology. Her program\'s research contributions include the identification of novel mechanisms of resistance to anticancer agents that target key proteins involved in cell division in childhood cancer.
Professor Kavallaris is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and her 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, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Award, a Young Tall Poppy Award, and an Australian Museum Eureka Prize. She is regularly invited to speak and chair at international meetings. Professor Kavallaris has authored over 70 publications and her expertise is reflected in invitations to edit a book, contribute book chapters and review articles, including, Nature Reviews Cancer. She has served on numerous committees including the Program Committee for the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research and on grant review panels. Professor Kavallaris serves on the Board of the Australian Institute for Policy and Science and has played a major role in advocating for medical research through public outreach and served as President of the Australian Society for Medical Research.