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Associate professor, University of Sydney

Darren Saunders is a cancer biologist in the School of Medical Sciences at UNSW Sydney. He holds a BSc(hons) and PhD from the University of Wollongong, and undertook post-doctoral training at the Garvan Institute and University of British Columbia. His research is focused on proteostasis and metabolic reprogramming in cancer and neurodegeneration. Darren is a regular science contributor on television and radio, is the Secretary of Science and Technology Australia, and was a founding member and deputy chair of the Australian Academy of Science Early-Mid Career Researcher Forum.


  • 2018–present
    Associate professor, University of NSW
  • 2010–2017
    Senior lecturer, University of NSW
  • 2010–2015
    Lab Head, Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Garvan Institute
  • 2010–2013
    Cancer Institute NSW Fellow, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • 2007–2009
    Research Associate, University of British Columbia & BC Cancer Research Centre
  • 2001–2006
    Senior Research Officer, Garvan Institute of Medical Research


    University of Wollongong, Biological Sciences
    University of Wollongong, BSc (Hons 1)

Research Areas

  • Biological Sciences (06)
  • Biochemistry And Cell Biology (0601)
  • Cancer Cell Biology (111201)
  • Cancer Genetics (111203)
  • Genomics (060408)
  • Cell Metabolism (060104)
  • Research, Science And Technology Policy (160511)
  • Oncology And Carcinogenesis (1112)