A laboratory Head at WEHI and The Brain Cancer Centre, Assoc Prof Jenkins has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to medical science as an immunologist, to the promotion of women in STEM, and dedicated service to the Indigenous community.
Assoc Prof Jenkins said she was humbled to receive the honour.
“One doesn’t embark on these endeavours seeking personal accolades; rather, we do it because it’s the right thing to do,” she said.
As an immunologist, Assoc Prof Jenkins has made remarkable contributions to medical research. She considers it a privilege to work in a field that holds the potential to improve medical treatments and, ultimately, to end brain cancer as a terminal illness.
“My ultimate goal is to be able to find a cure for brain cancer and train the next generation of brilliant young medical researchers” she said.
“The brain is a challenging space to work in, but with the arrival of new clinical trials in immunotherapy, we have a genuine opportunity to enhance the prognosis for individuals grappling with this devastating disease.”