Associate Professor Caroline Ford

Superstars of STEM Mentor

Caroline Ford is a cancer researcher based at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre at UNSW Sydney. She leads the Gynaecological Cancer Research Group whose aim is to why gynaecological cancers develop, how and why they spread throughout the body, and how best to treat them.

A/Prof Ford undertook postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of Toronto, Canada and Lund University, Sweden before returning to Australia on an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship and establishing her research group in 2010.

She has extensive experience researching the molecular biology of ovarian and endometrial cancer and is strongly motivated to improve outcomes for patients.

Dr Ford is also an experienced university lecturer, convening courses on medical research, cancer pathology and personalised medicine and is passionate about science communication and enhancing the health literacy of the wider community. To this end she developed a massive open online course (MOOC) on the impact of the genetic revolution on wider society which attracted >20,000 students from 158 countries.

Caroline is mum to a 7-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son, and a strong advocate for women in science. In 2018 she founded the STEMMinist Book Club (@stemminist) which now connects 5000 members worldwide.  Caroline is a Superstar of STEM alumna.