Associate Professor Caroline Ford

Caroline Ford, Superstar of STEM

Associate Professor Caroline Ford

Associate Professor 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 breast and ovarian 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 has attracted >20,000 students from 158 countries in the last 2 years.

Caroline is mum to a 4 year old daughter and a 2 year old son, and a strong advocate for women in science. In 2018 she founded the STEMMinist Book Club (@stemminist) which now connects over 3000 members worldwide.