Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Young Australian of the Year


2019 NSW Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Ms Nicole Seebacher

State: New South Wales

An extraordinary researcher and medical student, Dr Nicole Seebacher’s ground-breaking research has helped develop new chemotherapy agents that target drug-resistant cancers. One of these agents entered clinical trials in 2018, providing a new treatment option for patients with advanced tumours. While studying full-time, she works long hours to self-fund her research.

A medical student and researcher at the University of Sydney and Harvard Medical School, Dr Nicole Seebacher has played a key role in developing ground-breaking new chemotherapy agents for drug-resistant cancers – creating new treatment options for cancer sufferers.

Having lost family and close friends to cancer, Nicole hopes her work will stop others from having to experience the loss of a loved one to the disease.

These agents target the most aggressive and hard-to-treat types of cancer, responsible for the majority of failed chemotherapy attempts. In 2018, one of these chemotherapy agents entered clinical trials, treating patients with advanced tumours.

Internationally recognised, Nicole's work has been published in 16 medical journals and presented at over 24 conferences. While still engaged in full-time study, she also works long hours to self-fund her research.

Nicole is an active member of the professional medical community. She is a Women in Leadership Mentor for the Australian Medical Students Association and a volunteer mentor of young female Indigenous students.


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