Childhood cancer researcher recognised for fostering the next generation of Australia’s scientists

27 Jul 2022

Leading childhood cancer researcher, Professor Maria Kavallaris AM, has been named a finalist for the Australian Museum UTS Eureka Award for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.

Part of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, Australia’s leading science awards, the award is presented each year to an individual who has helped develop the next generation of Australia's scientific researchers.

Professor Kavallaris is internationally renowned for her leadership, research and advocacy in the field of childhood cancer. Head of the Translational Cancer Nanomedicine Theme at Children’s Cancer Institute, and founding Director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine at University of NSW, she has made many important research discoveries and mentored dozens of young scientists over the years.

Professor Kavallaris said she relishes her role as mentor, and regards being able to help foster the next generation of research scientists as a major reward of her job.

“I’m incredibly inspired by the early career researchers I’ve been fortunate enough to mentor over the last 25 years,” she said. “They are passionate, innovative and absolutely committed to paying it forward.”

“I’ve strived to foster a new generation of interdisciplinary research leaders in cancer and nanomedicine. Ensuring this next wave of researchers are given opportunities to thrive in their careers is extremely important to me.”

The Award winner will be announced on Wednesday 31 August. Find out more at