Professor Prue Hart is Head of the Inflammation Research Group at the Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia.
Growing up in a family of lawyers in Queensland, Prue went against the grain to study science with a specialization in Biochemistry. On completion of her Masters, Prue strategically combined work with her desire to travel the world, accepting a research position at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.
On returning to Australia, Prue completed her PhD in liver immunology followed by a postdoctoral position at Flinders University in South Australia. Prue spent 13 years building her research career at Flinders, receiving her first NHMRC Fellowship in 1990 and going on to have independent funding until 2014. This period of sustained funding allowed her to grow a strong research agenda and team.
Due to her husbands work Prue relocated to Western Australia in 2003 with her family. She was fortunate to establish a new research team at the Telethon Kids Institute where she remains to this day. Prue has gone onto publish over 180 publications and is a world-renowned scientist who continually strives to improve her group’s scientific impact.
Prue has been president of a number of associations including the Australian Society of Medical Research. She has also gained great insights and connections from working in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and internationally. Prue brings a strong perspective of global leadership and the importance of collaboration, particularly with clinicians, to demonstrate application and impact of research discovery.
Always willing to give back to the scientific community, Prue provides a unique perspective to those she mentors about ‘riding the wave’ of academia, attracting funding, guiding decision-making and providing connections. She encourages those she mentors to take responsibility for their future and to be vocal about what they need to support their career development.
Prue has a great sense of personal pride in what she has achieved throughout her research career, but is most proud of her family and raising her two daughters.