Jemma Lawson, Ph.D.
Treasurer and Finance Risk & Audit Committee Chairperson
Jemma Lawson achieved her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Cell Biology at Flinders University of South Australia and started her career in the biotechnology industry at GroPep Ltd, undertaking roles in research, project management and scientific assessment of potential in-licensing opportunities.
In 2006 Dr Lawson embarked on her current career path in Clinical Research, initially working for a small Australian Clinical Research Organisation (CRO), operating in a dual role as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) and a Clinical Project Manager. Moving to a Global CRO in 2009, she has held positions in clinical monitoring as a Senior CRA, Clinical Team Leader, and in project management as a Senior Project Manager. Dr Lawson is currently a Project Director for a department that focusses on early-phase (Phase I) clinical trials, with responsibilities in project management, client relations, and business development. She also leads a team of project managers and project administrators, managing resourcing requirements, process improvement, professional development and performance management.
Jemma’s journey with HeartKids commenced in 2009 when her 1 year old son was diagnosed with an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), following investigation of a heart murmur. The ASD was successfully closed via a cardiac catheter procedure at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, in 2013.