Candidate for Council Member for Inclusion and Training, 2-3 Years – 2021 ICIS Leadership Election

Ruby Dawson, PhD

Ruby Dawson, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Cancer and Immune Signalling Laboratory 
Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases
Hudson Institute of Medical Research 
Clayton, VIC, Australia

Dr Ruby Dawson works as a Postdoc at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in the Cancer and Immune Signalling Laboratory with Prof. Brendan Jenkins. Her research investigates genetic causes of gastric cancer with a focus on genes of the innate immune system. In particular, she is interested in the regulation of the JAK/STAT3 signalling pathway by pattern recognition receptors. Ruby completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2019 where she investigated focal epilepsy, focusing on the role of the mTORC1 suppressor complex, GATOR1. Her use of CRISPR/CAS9 in mouse models allowed her to develop specialised skills and interest with this technology.

Ruby is passionate about diversity and equality in scientific research and advocates for representation and equal opportunity for all races, ages and genders in science at all levels. In addition to presenting her research at national and international conferences, she has attended numerous seminars specific to women in STEM, which have an emphasis on promoting female mentorship and collaboration. As a new parent, she is also passionate about the importance of support and community with other mothers working in academia while balancing family life.