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Dr Kim Fung

Principal Research Scientist


Dr Kim Fung is a Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader in CSIRO, Health and Biosecurity.
Her expertise is in the development and translation of novel and innovative diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for human health and disease with a focus on intestinal disease. Her achievements include commercialisation of a blood-based protein biomarker panel for colorectal cancer detection (ColoSTAT) and elucidating the mechanisms of action of butyrate, a metabolite derived from bacterial fermentation of resistant starch (dietary fibre) that is beneficial to intestinal health. Most recently, she has established a human intestinal organoid system for screening of biological entities targeting disease prevention and personalised therapeutics.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2015-2015

    Payne Scott Award

Other highlights

  • 2019-2019

    Finalist of Knowledge Commercialisatin Australia’s KCA Awards 2019 for ColoSTAT.


  • 2022-2025

    MRFF grant: Microbial based biomarkers powered by artificial intelligence for early detection of liver cancer in Australia. The Australian Liver Cancer Microbiome Consortium

  • 2022-2024

    NHMRC Ideas Grant: Improving the Diagnosis of Barrett’s Oesophagus with Dysplasia

  • 2013-2015

    BUPA Health Foundation Grant

  • 2013-2013

    SAHMRI Beat Cancer Project Research Grant

  • 2013-2013

    ARC LIEF grant, Establishment of the Protein Quantitation Centre of South Australia

  • 2011-2013

    NHMRC project grant, Molecular characterisation of early precursor lesions of a novel “serrated pathway” of colorectal cancer using gene expression and proteomics

  • 2011-2012

    NHMRC Development Grant, Validation of a multiplexed blood based screening assay for the diagnosis of colorectal cancer

  • 2007-2007

    CSIRO Collaborative Research Fund, Identification of protein markers for serrated adenomas using proteomics

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2015-present

    Invited member of uBiome Academic Consortium

  • 2014-present

    Member of the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty

  • 2010-present

    Peer review of grants for NHMRC

  • 2004-present

    Peer review for different international granting agencies in Proteomic sciences

  • 2010-2013

    Member of Australian Society for Medical Research

  • 2007-2009

    Participation in CSIRO initiative “Preventative Health, SA Govt and RiAus Science Experience for Teachers”