Dr Christine De Nardo

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

As Chief Operating Officer (COO), I lead and manage the Institute’s Research Support function and staff, which includes Finance, Procurement, Legal, Human Resources, Information Technology, Grants, Communications and Marketing, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Commercialisation and Laboratory and Facilities Management. With a strong focus on quality, productivity, and stakeholder relationships, my role is to facilitate the delivery of quality services which support the Institute in meeting its strategic, operational, compliance, and risk management objectives.

I completed my bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Biological Sciences at La Trobe University and a PhD in Life Sciences at The University of Melbourne. I bring over 15 years of experience to the role of COO, in research, operational management and leadership; across academic, medical research, and biotechnology sectors in both Australia and Germany.

My expertise spans a wide range of operational and managerial responsibilities including human resources, budgeting and finance, regulatory compliance, communications, planning, and resourcing. I have a strong track record in coordinating and managing complex, collaborative research programs, securing significant funding, and establishing strong partnerships within the industry.

Prior to joining the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, I was Manager for the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health and Sub-Faculty of Clinical and Molecular Medicine. I have also held the position of General Manager at a biotechnology start up, oNKo-innate Pty Ltd, where I oversaw substantial growth.