Researcher

Professor Maria Kavallaris

My Expertise

Cancer, antimitotic drugs, drug resistance.

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Professor Maria Kavallaris AM is Founding Director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine at the University of New South Wales, Head of the Translational Cancer Nanomedicine Theme at the Children’s Cancer Institute and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow. Maria is recognised for her innovation in driving multidisciplinary research in cancer nanomedicine. An outstanding scientific leader, she is...view more

Professor Maria Kavallaris AM is Founding Director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine at the University of New South Wales, Head of the Translational Cancer Nanomedicine Theme at the Children’s Cancer Institute and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow. Maria is recognised for her innovation in driving multidisciplinary research in cancer nanomedicine. An outstanding scientific leader, she is internationally recognised for her research in cancer biology and therapeutics. Her research has identified clinically important mechanisms of resistance to cancer therapies, with her discoveries leading to patents, industry and clinical linkages for the development of cancer therapeutics and devices. Maria’s pioneering research has shown effective nanoparticle-based delivery of gene silencing material and chemotherapy, can reduce tumour growth in aggressive cancers. 

Maria is Chair of the Australian Institute for Policy and Science, and a Life Member and past-President of the Australian Society for Medical Research. The impact of her research has been recognised many times, including via receipt of the Australian Museum Eureka Prize, as well as being named by the NHMRC as an Australian ‘high achiever’ in health and medical research. Recognition of her significant contributions to innovation is reflected in her being named in 2015 amongst the AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence (Innovation category), as well as the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100 – the ‘rock stars’ of Australia's innovation-driven new economy, and she received the 2017 Premiers Science and Engineering Award for Leadership in Innovation in NSW. In 2019, she was awarded the Lemberg Medal, a prestigious award bestowed by ASBMB; and has won both the 2019 UTS Chancellor’s Excellence Award and the 2019 UTS Alumni Excellence Award for Science. She is an elected Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of New South Wales.  Maria was named the 2020 NSW Premier's Woman of the Year.   

A recognised medical research leader, she has been appointed on government funding panels including NHMRC Research Committee and the Medical Research Future Fund Stem Cell Therapies Advisory Committee, where she contributes to high level policy. In 2019, Maria was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for her significant service to medicine, and to medical research, in the field of childhood and adult cancers.

 


My Qualifications

PhD - University of New South Wales

B App Sci - University of Technology Sydney


My Awards

Fellowships

2017-2021                                 NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship

 

2014-2018                                 NHMRC Established Career Fellowship.  Highly competitive national award

 

2009 – 2013                              NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship.  Highly competitive national award

 

2004 – 2008                              NHMRC RD Wright Career Development Fellowship.  Highly competitive national award.

 

1996                                            International Agency for Research on Cancer, Cancer Research Training Fellowship*.  World Health Organisation.  Host: Prof. Susan B Horwitz, Department Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA.  *Highly competitive fellowship with only 13 awarded worldwide in 1995.

 

Prizes/Awards

2020                                          NSW Premier's Woman of the Year 

2019                                          Lemberg Medal, ASBMB

2019                                          UTS Chancellor’s Excellence Award 

2019                                                     UTS Alumni Excellence Award for Science

2019                                           Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

2017                                           Premier's Science and Engineering Prize for Leadership in Innovation in NSW

2015                                           AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence

2015                                            “Knowledge Nation 100”  (Australia’s top 100 visionaries, intellects, founders and game changers who help shape the country’s future prosperity).

2015                                            The Australian Financial Review & Westpac “100 Women of Influence” Award

2013                                            NSInnovations People’s Choice Award and Division Finalist for the “Development of a first-in-class lung cancer therapeutic

2011                                            OEEGA International Women’s Day – Award for Excellence in the field of Scientific Research

2007                                            Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Voiceless Research Which Replaces the Use of Animals or Animal Products – “Unravelling the Enigma of Drug Resistance in Cancer” – M Kavallaris, S Pouha and Nicole Verrills.  $10,000 prize

2007 (Oct)                                 Visiting Professorship Awarded from the University of Marseille, France (all expenses paid)

2005                                            Achievement Award International Women’s Day – in recognition of “extraordinary contributions to research”, Cyprus Community of NSW

2004                                            Young Tall Poppy Award – recognises “achievements of outstanding young researchers in the sciences and biomedical sciences”, Australian Institute of Policy and Science

2002                                            Institute Award - Children’s Cancer Institute Australia for Outstanding Service in Pursuit of the Institute’s Vision

1998                                            Leo & Jenny Leukaemia and Cancer Foundation Your Research of the Year.  Finalist and Merit Certificate Awardee.

1998                                            Bristol Myers Squibb Oncology Young Investigator Award – American Association for Cancer Research Meeting, New Orleans, March, 1998.  Highly competitive award.

1997                                            B G Levanthal Scholar Award – Women in Cancer Research.  American Association for Cancer Research Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 1997.  Highly competitive award.

1996                                            Bristol Myers Squibb Oncology Travel Award – American Association for Cancer Research Meeting, Washington DC, April 1996.  Highly competitive.

1994                                            NSW State Cancer Council Travel Grant.  To attend the “New Horizons in Amplification Technology” conference in San Francisco, June 1994.  These awards were presented to promising young investigators to enable them to attend and present at international meetings.

1990                                            Tow Research Prize – Coast Medical Association Meeting, Prince Henry Hospital, NSW, Australia

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Location

Children's Cancer Institute
Lowy Cancer Research Centre
Building C25


Contact

93852028
96626583

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