Dr Kirsten Benkendorff

Flinders University

Kirsten is a marine biologist that is currently investigating Southern Australian marine organisms, in particular a local sea snail that has been identified as a source for a potential new medicine for cancer patients. Her research cultivates production of these snails and tests the effectiveness of the snail extract against particular strains of cancer.

Cancer contributes as one of the biggest mortality rates in the world and not all strains are treatable. The fight against cancer and the effect of chemotherapy on patients, with its nasty side effects, needs to be addressed with the development of new safe and effective medical treatments. Kirsten and her team are working towards this goal.