Lab Head, Metastasis Research Group, Lowy Cancer Rearch Centre, UNSW

Dr Caroline Ford is a cancer cell biologist based at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW. After completing her PhD at UNSW on the topic of oncogenic viruses, Dr Ford undertook two international postdoctoral appointments on cancer cell biology at the University of Toronto, Canada and Lund University, Sweden. She returned to UNSW in late 2009 funded by an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship and now leads the Metastasis Research Group. Her research aims to understand the key processes in cancer metastasis, in order to identify targets for novel therapies. She has extensive experience researching the molecular biology of breast, ovarian and colorectal cancer.

Dr Ford is also an experienced university lecturer, convening courses on medical research, cancer pathology and personalised medicine, including Australia's first MOOC on Personalised Medicine. She has completed a Graduate Certificate in University Learning & Teaching, and is passionate about science communication and enhancing the health literacy of the wider community.


  • 2009–present
    Lab Head, Metastasis Research Group, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW Australia


  • 2004 
    UNSW Australia, PhD
  • 2000 
    UNSW Australia, BSc (1st Class Hons)