A/Prof Thomas Cox Garvan Institute of Medical Research Sydney, Australia

A/Prof Thomas Cox is a cancer cell biologist working in the field of the extracellular matrix and matrix remodelling in the progression and metastasis of solid tumours. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Durham, UK in 2008, followed by Postdoctoral research positions at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) & Royal Marsden Hospital in London, UK and Copenhagen University, Denmark. In 2016 he was recruited to the Garvan to establish his own independent research group.

Thomas currently leads the Matrix and Metastasis Lab, part of the Cancer Ecosystems Program at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and The Kinghorn Cancer Centre. His labs creative research program integrates matrix biology with precision oncology, aligning with Garvan’s strategic vision to make fundamental advances in the understanding, treatment and prevention of human disease, in this case, personalised stromal targeting in solid tumours.

His work is focused on tackling the knowledge gap in and redefining our understanding of the matrix in diseases such as cancer. His lab strives to identify new matrix targets and matrix targeting approaches, as well as develop ways to maximise their effectiveness in pre-clinical small animal cancer models (breast, pancreatic, lung, bowel) for personalising novel and/or current anti-cancer agents.