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Associate Professor Christine Hawkins Associate Professor, Biochemistry

Christine Hawkins completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, graduating with Honours in Genetics in 1991. Her PhD, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and subsequent postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, focussed on defining molecular pathways that regulate cellular survival and death.

Chris returned to Australia in 1999, working initially at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, then moving to La Trobe University in 2006. Her group investigates the molecular mechanisms that control cell death, with the goal of exploiting this knowledge to improve the efficacy and safety of anti‐cancer therapies. Research in the Hawkins laboratory focusses on cancers that afflict children and young adults, such as osteosarcoma, a cancer that arises in patients’ bones and can spread to their lungs. Chris and her group have identified candidate new therapies that will hopefully improve cure rates for osteosarcoma patients. Her team is also exploring strategies to spare cured patients the risk of developing “therapy‐related” cancers, which can be triggered by intensive chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

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