Professor Maija Kohonen-Corish is the director of the Woolcock Centre for Lung Cancer Research and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology in Sydney. She completed her undergraduate studies in Finland at the University of Helsinki and then a PhD in human genetics at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra. Before coming to the Woolcock, she was the Head of Colon and Lung Cancer Research at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. She has had a long-standing interest in inflammation-associated cancer, Lynch syndrome genetics and mouse models of cancer. Her team identified new biomarkers of prognosis and therapeutic responsiveness in order to improve the clinical management of patients. In colorectal cancer, the team discovered the significance of MCC gene alterations that had been previously overlooked. At the Woolcock, she is leading a project investigating the role of the human microbiome in immunotherapy responses. She is also a member of the Microbiome Research Centre at the University of NSW in Sydney.