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Dr Darren Saunders

School of Medical Sciences
+61 2 93852494



Darren is a cancer biologist and Associate Professor in Medicine at UNSW, where he heads the Ubiquitin Signaling Lab - researching fundamental mechanisms of protein homeostasis and cell signalling in cancer and neurodegeneration. Darren undertook post-doctoral training at the Garvan Institute and University of British Columbia and has held fellowships from the US Dept. of Defense and Cancer Institute NSW. Darren is secretary of Science and Technology Australia and a regular commentator on television and radio,resident scientist on ABC TV’s The Drum.

Broad Research Areas: Cancer; Cell Biology and Gene Regulation; Biochemistry; Genetics - Genome Analysis; Biochemistry
Specific Research Keywords: Cancer; Molecular Oncology, Ubiquitin, Cancer Metabolism, Proteomics, Serpin, Proteosatsis, Neurodegeneration, Functional Genomics, High content imaging.


  • Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science - Finalist (2018)
  • CommunityEngagement Award - UNSW (2017)
  • Worldwide Cancer Research Prize, Beatson Int’l Cancer Conference (2014)
  • Australian Leadership Award, ADC Future Forum (2012)
  • Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision Award, UNSW Postgraduate Council (2012)
  • Career Development Fellowship - Cancer Institute NSW (2010-2012).
  • Life Sciences Research Award – NSW Office of Science and Medical Research (2010-2012)
  • International Partnership Initiative Travel Award - Stem Cell Network Canada (2010).