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Joanna Achinger-Kawecka

Dr Joanna Achinger-Kawecka

Group Leader
Cancer Epigenetics Lab

Dr Joanna Achinger-Kawecka’s research focuses on investigating the role of the 3D epigenome in cancer, particularly in driving tumour progression and treatment resistance in breast and prostate cancer. Joanna completed her PhD at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, investigating microRNA signatures as predictive biomarkers for breast cancer treatment outcome. Following her PhD, Joanna joined the laboratory of Professor Susan Clark at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, where she established cutting-edge experimental and computational approaches to study the 3D genome organisation during development and progression of cancer.


  • 2011FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network “Fighting Drug Failure” Fellowship
  • 2015Best Oral Presentation Prize - 23rd St Vincent’s Campus Research Symposium
  • 2016Heliflite Young Explorer Award
  • 2017The Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant
  • 2018CASS Foundation Travel Grant
  • 2019EMBO Travel Award
  • 2019Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign Award
  • 2020Cancer Council NSW Project Grant (2020 - 2022)
  • 2020UNSW Cellular Genomics Futures Institute Seed Grant (2020 - 2021)
  • 2021NBCF Fellowship (2021 - 2024)
  • 2022UNSW Cancer Theme EMCR Seed Grant
  • 2023PCFA Priority Impact Research Award Young Investigator Award
  • 2023St Vincent's Campus Research Symposium Rising Star Award

Selected Publications

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