Public Health: Aung Ko Win

Aung Ko Win (MPH 2009, PhD 2014, GCert Teaching 2016) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Since graduating, Aung has received an Early Career Fellowship from the National Health and Medical.

Where do you currently work and what is your role?

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne. I also lead a research team at Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and am the PhD coordinator of Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

What does your role entail?

As a research-focused fellow, I am currently working towards achieving personalised risk assessment of bowel cancer to enable targeted risk-based screening and treatment (precision health). My main research areas include identifying people with a high-risk of bowel cancer, determining cancer risk for a person who has inherited genetic mutations, how these people can reduce their cancer risk, and if a person has cancer, what the best treatment option is based on their diagnosis.

What are some of your professional highlights since graduating?

Since graduating, I have been awarded an Early Career Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council. I also received a Hugh Rogers Fellowship and have established collaborations with Harvard University. I am now leading many research programs together with large international consortiums from Asia, Europe and North America.

I have been invited to give a talk at several international conferences and institutions, review grants and journal articles, and develop clinical practice guidelines. Over the last five years, I have published more than 100 research papers and four book chapters. My research team has been awarded excellence in research achievements.

What are some highlights from your life as a student at The University of Melbourne?

For my PhD, I completed a thesis with 14 first-authored research publications. For this, I received multiple awards including Chancellor’s Prize, Dean’s Award as well as the Head of School’s Award. I was named the Winner of the prestigious Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research in 2013. I am also the inaugural winner of the Picchi Award for Excellence in Cancer Research.