Onisha Patel

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
Walter and Eliza Hall Insitute of Medical Research

Melbourne, VIC

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


Onisha Patel is a structural biologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Onisha uses Nobel prize winning techniques like cryo-electronmicroscopy and X-ray crystallography to understand how certain proteins can cause some aggressive cancers to grow and spread. Generating high resolution images at an atomic level detail is important for targeted design of new therapeutics in cancer.

Onisha has held the Australian Research Council future fellowship and grant funding from the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. Onisha has published in several high impact journals and her research contributions in the field of cancer and immunology has resulted in a Phase III clinical drug candidate and a patent for detection of specialised immune cells.

Onisha grew up in India and moved to Australia as an international student. She is passionate about education and support for equality and inclusion. She regularly mentors at outreach programs. Onisha is an advocate of STEAM education and is deeply passionate about the intersection of art and science. She is active on Twitter and Instagram where she uses art as a medium for science communication and education. She has communicated her research to a diverse audience through school visits, art exhibitions, community events, discovery tours and Open House Melbourne events. She has been selected as one of the Superstars of STEM by Science and Technology Australia for 2019-2020.

Onisha identifies as culturally and linguistically diverse.