Kristina Cook

Camperdown, New South Wales

Medical researcher, cancer scientist

In 2016, after completing her PhD in cancer drug development, Kristina’s perspective on medical research changed forever when she was diagnosed with a rare carcinoid tumour in her appendix. She underwent major surgery in the same month she received a fellowship to set up a lab at the Charles Perkins Centre. The many weeks spent in hospital strengthened Kristina’s resolve to change our understanding of cancer and decrease mortality rates. Now back to full health, she is using her grant to progress her research into the effect of low oxygen (hypoxia) on tumour growth. Kristina aims is to make significant discoveries towards new anti-cancer drugs.