Professor Melissa Brown is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at The University of Queensland (UQ) and President of the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS). Melissa completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne and has held positions at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, King’s College London, and The Universities of Melbourne, Queensland and Oxford. During her career, Melissa has taught Molecular Biology to more than 10,000 students and published over 100 research papers and reviews in the field of Cancer Genetics. Melissa has held several academic leadership roles, including Head of School and Associate Dean (Research). The focus of her leadership has been enabling academics to reach their potential, enhancing diversity, and bringing new teams together to achieve excellence and impact.