Dr Thomas Cox
25 November 2016
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research congratulates Dr Thomas Cox (Cancer Division), who has been awarded the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC)/Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Award at the 40th annual Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand (MBSANZ) conference. The conference took place this week (20-23 November) at the University of Sydney.
The Awards were launched by the JBC in 2011, in honour of Herbert Tabor – the long-serving JBC editor who steered the Journal for four decades. The Awards recognise the innovators and achievers in new generations of researchers who exemplify his values of creativity and scientific excellence. Award recipients are chosen by JBC associate editors, and are promising young researchers whose work focuses on the molecular and cellular basis of biological processes.
Dr Cox says, “Receiving the Herb Tabor Award is a tremendous honour for me. Over the years I have seen many fantastic junior researchers awarded this prestigious prize and I feel very privileged to be one of the 2016 recipients.”
Dr Cox is a recent arrival to Garvan’s Cancer Division. A cancer cell biologist, his work seeks to understand the extracellular matrix – the ‘glue’ that surrounds cells – and how the remodelling of that ‘glue’ affects the progression and metastasis of solid tumours.
Dr Cox graduated with a PhD from the University of Durham, UK in 2008 and moved to the Institute of Cancer Research in London as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2012, he relocated to Copenhagen University to continue his research in the laboratory of Professor Janine Erler, before moving to Garvan in late 2016 to lead the Matrix and Metastasis Group.
He says, “The conference itself had a fantastic line-up of speakers covering all aspects of the extracellular matrix including ‘building the matrix’, ‘breaking the matrix’, ‘rebuilding the matrix’ and ‘overbuilding the matrix’, with accompanying talks on the cells that make and break the matrix, the matrix in health and disease, and even why your matrix ‘hurts’.
“Altogether, this was an excellent meeting, it was a fantastic experience to be part of and I am looking forward to working with many of the Australian Matrix Biologists in the years to come.”