Professor Dawson is a clinician-scientist and an Associate Director at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. His research interest is studying epigenetic regulation in normal development and cancer. His research has helped identify several first-in-class epigenetic therapies resulting in various clinical trials across the world. He is a Professor at the University of Melbourne, the Sir Edward Dunlop Fellow for the Cancer Council of Victoria and a HHMI International Scholar. In recognition of his research achievements, he has been elected to the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and as an EMBO member. In addition to being awarded a 2006 John Monash Scholarship, he has received several prestigious awards including the McCulloch & Till Award from the International Society of Experimental Haematology, the Jacques Miller Medal from the Australian Academy of Science and the Prime Minister’s Prize as Life Scientist of the year in 2020.