Nuzhat joined the Institute in April 2015 as Ovarian Cancer Principal Research Fellow. She holds an adjunct professorial position with the Federation University, Ballarat which strengthens links between the Institute and the Federation University, Ballarat. Professor Ahmed is an experienced cell and molecular biologist and brings a wealth of experience to Institute, particularly in the area of cancer biology. She has a long standing interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms of ovarian cancer spread. She did her postdoctoral research training in Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, New Zealand, University of New Castle, Australia, Kanagawa Cancer Centre, Japan and BC Cancer Agency, University of British Columbia in Canada. From 2002-2014 Nuzhat led the Cancer Metastasis Group in Women’s Cancer Research Centre, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. Her significant contribution has been in establishing novel interactions of cell adhesion molecules with the signalling pathways in cancer, identifying early-stage biomarkers for ovarian cancer screening and understanding the mechanisms of chemoresistance in ovarian cancer patients. These studies have led to several international patents, competitive international and national grants and publications (>65) in reputable cancer journals. Nuzhat has a long standing interest in understanding the immune cell irregularities in ovarian cancer patients.