An Edith Cowan University (ECU) scientist has been honoured with a prestigious biomedical science award for her world-leading melanoma research.
Associate Professor Elin Gray received a 2020 Georgina Sweet Award for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science for her research vision and her mentorship of the next generation of scientists.
The Georgina Sweet Awards promote and support female scientists who demonstrate excellence in the area of Quantitative Biomedical Science, with recipients receiving $25,000.
Associate Professor Gray said she was honoured to receive the award.
“I am very humbled to be acknowledged and to be in the company of many great women in science,” she said.
“I was fortunate to have excellent female mentors in my career. In particular, Professor Mel Ziman, who believed in me, shared her wisdom and provided me with the opportunity to grow.
“I feel privileged that I can now pass on that knowledge and experience to the next generation and be a mentor for young academics early in their careers.
“Awards such as these are an important recognition of the breadth of expertise and the contributions of women in biomedical sciences.”
She plans to put the award money towards bioinformatic training and support for early career researchers in biomedical sciences.
Associate Professor Gray leads ECU’s Melanoma Research Group, which explores blood biomarkers of cancer and how they can be used to better understand disease progression, drug resistance, treatment outcomes and tumour characteristics.
For more information on the awards, visit the Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science webpage.