CSIRO scientist receives prestigious Gilead award

07 July 2017
Ben Cao with Susie Nilsson at the Gilead awards ceremony

Dr Ben Cao, a Research Scientist in the CSIRO Niche Biology Team in Biomedical Manufacturing, was awarded the Gilead Sciences International Research Scholars Program in Hematology and Oncology in June 2017. 

This program provides financial support – up to USD130, 000 over two years – to the team of junior researchers to allow the progression of research in the area of Hematology and Oncology. The award was presented at an Awards Dinner in Madrid, Spain. 

For Ben and the niche research team, the award will support a project aimed at inducing drug-resistant leukaemic cells to become sensitised to chemotherapy.

In the bigger picture, this research aims to provide a new potential therapy that will change clinical practice and actively improve the cure of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, significantly benefiting the lives of many patients.

“This award is great recognition for years of hard work and will significantly enable our goal of improving the treatment of acute leukaemia,” said Ben Cao.

Prof Susie Nilsson leads the CSIRO Niche Biology team and also heads the Nilsson group at Monash's Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute.

Congratulations Ben!

For more information about Ben’s research read The not-so-big BOP revolutionising stem cell harvesting (CSIROscope)