Director, Centre for Cancer Research, Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Associate Professor Ron Firestein is the Head of the Cancer Centre at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Head of Research for the Hudson Monash Paediatric Precision Medicine Program. A/Prof Firestein is a physician scientist double board certified in Pathology (Anatomic and Molecular Genetics) and his research focuses on identifying new targets and developing therapies for solid tumour malignancies.
A/Prof Firestein earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Biology and his MD/PhD from Stanford University as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). He completed residency in Anatomic Pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowships in molecular pathology and cancer genetics at Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute.
Prior to joining the Hudson Institute in August 2015 as head of the Centre for Cancer Research, A/Prof Firestein led a basic research lab at Genentech Inc., where he focused on developing integrative genomic technologies to identify new therapeutic targets in solid tumor malignancies. His scientific work has resulted in peer-reviewed high impact publications (including Nature, Cancer Cell, Cell, and Journal of Clinical Investigation) as well as seven patents.
Hudson Monash Paediatric Precision Medicine Program
Major advances have been achieved in the discovery and application of targeted therapy for adult solid tumors. Nevertheless, therapeutic options for pediatric solid tumors have been limited. Current precision medicine programs focus on genomic sequencing to identify discrete mutations that may pr