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Bob Fraser Award

New Investigator Award


The Bob Fraser Award recognises an emerging early/mid career researcher in the matrix biology field who has demonstrated outstanding research contributions and leadership potential.

Eligibility requirements

This award is open to applicants who:

  • have been a financial member of MBSANZ for more than 1 year prior to application

  • have no more than 10 years post-doctoral experience taking into account career disruption

  • register for the society conference and submit an abstract for an oral presentation

Application Requirements

Applicants for this award apply at the time of submitting an abstract for an oral presentation at a society meeting by providing:

  • verification of the date of conferral of their PhD

  • details of any career disruption

  • brief CV (maximum 3 pages) including education, main field of professional activity and a list of publications

  • abstract submitted to the society conference for an oral presentation


Award review committee

Finalists are invited to give an oral presentation at the society conference. The award is determined by the selection committee chaired by the President and based on the oral presentation delivered at the society conference.

Presenting an Award


2023 Awardee

Dr Kendelle Murphy is the winner of the 2023 Bob Fraser New Investigator Award for her presentation entitled ‘Pulsed treatment with narmafotinib reduces fibrosis and enhances gemcitabine/Abraxane & FOLFIRINOX response in pancreatic cancer.’.

Previous Awardees

2023    Kendelle Murphy Garvan Institute of Medical Research
2022    Amelia Parker Garvan Institute of Medical Research
2021     Elysse Filipe Garvan Institute of Medical Research
2020   Jiao Jiao Li  UTS Sydney
2018     Brooke Farrugia  UNSW Sydney
2016     Jelena Rnjak-Kovacina UNSW Sydney  Yu Suk Choi  University of Western Australia
2015     Chris Turner University of South Australia
2014     Giselle Yeo  University of Sydney
2013     Cindy Shu   University of Sydney   Ainslie Derrick-Roberts  SA Pathology
2012     Dan McCulloch  Deakin University   Miriam Jackson  University of Sydney
2011      Dada Pisconti  University of Colorado at Boulder
2010    Trevor Cameron  Murdoch Children's Research Institute
2009    Julie Nigro  CSIRO
2008   Megan Lord  UNSW Sydney
2007    Ian Smyth  Monash University
2006   Justin Allen  Murdoch Children's Research Institute
2005   Jason White  University of Melbourne
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