About Professor Jennifer Byrne

I entered research because it was the best job I could imagine. I want cancer patients to have better treatments and outcomes through our research.

Professor Jennifer Byrne is a molecular biologist based at the Kids Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Professor Byrne's research interests include the regulation of lipid metabolism and lipid storage in cancer cells, the identification of cancer predisposition genes and predictive biomarkers in childhood cancer patients, and the improvement of cancer biobank operations.

Professor Byrne has spent her scientific career analyzing childhood and adult cancers at a molecular level. Her PhD studies at the University of Queensland mapped loss of chromosome 11p15 loci in embryonal tumours, and she then identified a novel gene family during postdoctoral studies in France. She is Head of the Children's Cancer Research Unit at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, and Professor of Molecular Oncology within the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney.

Professor Byrne has received a number of awards for postgraduate research student supervision. She was awarded the University of Sydney's College of Health Sciences and Faculty of Medicine Awards for Excellence in postgraduate research student supervision in 2005, and she also received University of Sydney Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health Teaching Awards in 2003 and 2011.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Professor Byrne's publicatons, please visit her Sydney Medical School profile page.