Melissa Brown is Deputy Executive Dean and Associate Dean (Research), at the Faculty of Medicine. In this role, Melissa works with Heads of Schools, and Centre and Institute Directors, to drive strategic research initiatives within the Faculty. Professor Brown completed her PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne in 1993, on the structure and regulation of genes encoding colony-stimulating factor receptors in human leukaemia. She then undertook postdoctoral training at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) in London, funded firstly by an EMBO and then by an ICRF postdoctoral fellowship, working on the isolation and characterisation of the first breast cancer susceptibility gene, BRCA1. Professor Brown joined The University of Queensland in 2000 as a Lecturer and in 2005 she undertook a six-month sabbatical at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at The University of Oxford. The focus of her research continues to be cancer genetics, in particular understanding the transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of several breast cancer associated genes, including BRCA1, and examining their role in mammary development and early breast tumour genesis.