Professor Sharad Kumar’s ground-breaking work in biomedical sciences has been recognised through prestigious fellowships, national and international awards, and election to the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science. He has made seminal discoveries that have significantly contributed to the understanding of human diseases such as cancer, inflammation and hypertension. His publications have received extensive citations. With Angel Lopez he established the Centre for Cancer Biology, a leading research centre in South Australia. He has built collaborative teams, bringing major infrastructure funding and contributed to research community extensively through leadership, mentoring and peer review.