Director of the Genomics and Epigenetics Division
Head of the Epigenetics Research Laboratory
Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Professor Susan Clark, FAA, has a highly acclaimed international reputation for her work in cancer epigenetics. Susan is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Genome and Epigenetics Division at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia. She graduated in 1982 with a PhD in Biochemistry, University of Adelaide. Her molecular studies over her career have addressed profound questions about the importance of epigenetics in early development and in disease, especially in cancer. The techniques she pioneered in the early 1990s, including bisulphite methylation sequencing, helped to revolutionise epigenomic research. Susan was a founding member of IHEC (International Human Epigenome Consortium) and led the formation of the AEpiA (Australian Epigenetics Alliance).
She has a number of awards including the RPAH Research Medal (2002), Julian Wells Medal (2003); “Biochemisch Analytik Preis” for outstanding contribution for Methylation analysis in 2004; In 2006 was elected a Fellow of the World Technology Network for Biotechnology, 2012 was awarded the National Rotary Vocational Award, in 2015 was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and received the NSW Cancer Institute “Make a Difference” Award’ and in 2017 was awarded the Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation: 2017 Medal of Excellence.