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Dr Kim-Anh Le Cao recognised with Australian Academy of Science Award

28 February 2019
Dr Kim-Anh Le Cao was today awarded the Australian Academy of Science Moran Medal
Dr Kim-Anh Le Cao’s outstanding contributions to science was today recognised by an Australian Academy of Science’s 2019 honorific award. 

Dr Kim-Anh Le Cao, from the University of Melbourne's School of Mathematics and Statistics, jointly received the prestigious Moran Medal with Associate Professor Stephen Leslie, for her work on developing statistical and computational methods that are applicable to high-throughput biological data arising from frontier technologies.

The emergence of new platforms is generating a vast amount of data with enormous potential to help understand the functioning of the human body in health and disease, as well as the health of animals, plants and our environment more generally. Kim-Anh’s expertise in multivariate statistics, combined with her deep understanding of molecular biology, put her at the forefront of cutting-edge biological research. 

The Moran Medal recognises outstanding research by scientists up to 10 years post-PhD in the calendar year of nomination in one or more of the fields of applied probability, biometrics, mathematical genetics, psychometrics and statistics.

Kim-Anh has a track record of success in biological data analysis, in developing novel statistical methods, in implementing them in efficient software, and in disseminating the software and encouraging its uptake by the relevant research community. She plays a critical role in several local, national and international collaborative studies with researchers from diverse bioscience disciplines.

Kim-Anh has been collaborating with Professor Christine Wells since 2013 to address the complex question of characterising and classifying mesenchymal stem cells.

Listen to Kim-Anh speak about her research, her national and international collaborations, and the impact her research is having on understanding the human body. 


Dr Kim-Anh Le Cao is an Associate Investigator at Stem Cells Australia.