Dr Caroline Ford is a cancer researcher within the School of Women’s and Children’s Health at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. After completing her PhD at UNSW on the topic of oncogenic viruses, Dr Ford undertook two international postdoctoral appointments in cancer research. Her first postdoctoral research appointment was at the University of Toronto, Canada, and the second appointment was at Lund University, Sweden. She returned to UNSW in late 2009 funded by an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship and established her research group within the Adult Cancer Program.
Dr Ford is also an experienced university lecturer, convening courses on medical research, cancer pathology and personalised medicine, including Australia’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Personalised Medicine. She has completed a Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, and is passionate about science communication and enhancing the health literacy of the wider community.
Dr Ford leads the Gynaecological Cancer Research Group, which aims to understand why gynaecological cancers develop, how and why they spread throughout the body, and how best to treat them. They have a number of current projects including the development of an early detection test for ovarian cancer, and the identification of key targets for anti-metastatic therapies in ovarian and endometrial cancer.
In July, Dr Ford was named among the first 30 female scientists and technologists to be Superstars of STEM, a national program aimed at giving young women and girls a new generation of role models.
Project: Not a Whisper, but a Ror! Targeting novel receptors in ovarian cancer