Professor Dawson is a clinician-scientist and the Associate Director of Research Translation at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. His research interest is studying epigenetic regulation in normal development and cancer. His research has helped develop and characterise 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 Health and Medical Sciences and received several prestigious awards including the Australian Prime Minister’s Prize as Life Scientist of the year in 2020.