Tall Poppy in Science


Outstanding UON researcher Dr Nikola Bowden was named one of Australia’s ‘Tall Poppies’ in science at the prestigious New South Wales Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. Honouring Australia’s brightest young scientific researchers and communicators, the award recognises both scientific achievement and engagement with the community to raise awareness of science.

A molecular biologist, Dr Bowden’s breakthrough research interest is DNA repair in cancer; particularly melanoma and ovarian cancer. Her research project is supported by the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation and HMRI. Dr Bowden was the first to report on the relationship between DNA repair pathways and chemotherapy resistance in melanoma and uses next-generation profiling techniques to unlock the mysteries of melanoma.