Elke Hacker is 30 years of age an early career researcher in the skin cancer field. Elke holds a NHMRC training fellowship and recently was awarded a QCC grant to investigating the molecular effects of sunlight on melanocytes.
Elke successfully completed her PhD in 3 years (2003-2006) and published 3 first author manuscripts from her PhD in leading skin cancer journals, including Cancer Research, Pigment Cell Research and Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
Dr Hacker has been undertaking Post Doctoral studies for 4 years, during this time she has successfully completed several projects which has resulted in publications and several awards. Her dedication to research has been recognized by the following awards and distinctions; Thenie Baddams Award from the Australian Federation of University Women, Australian Society for Medical Research Queensland Premier's Postgraduate Student runner up recipient, University of the Sunshine Coast Outstanding Alumni recipient, International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Young Scientist Fellow recipient and the Australian Institute of Policy and Science Queensland Tall Poppy Science award recipient. Her research career has taken Elke to prestigious institutions around the world, including Yale and UPENN in the United States and the Marie Curie Research Institute in London. She is now a Medical Research Officer working on the genetics of melanoma at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Elke’s current work explores why some people are more susceptible to Melanoma than others. She hopes her research will eventually lead to the development of post-sunburn applications that would suppress tumour formation. Into the foreseeable future, Elke plans to continue working on preventative strategies to reduce skin cancer and help us better manage our lives in the Queensland sun.
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