Dr Tim Failes was awarded his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2002. His doctoral studies and subsequent industry-linked postdoctoral positions covered a broad area of bioinorganic and medicinal chemistry, particularly the design, synthesis and evaluation of novel metal-based pharmaceuticals for cancer therapy. In 2007 he took up a UNSW Vice Chancellor's Fellowship at Children's Cancer Institute within the Tumour Biology and Targeting Program to determine the roles of Aurora kinases in tumour progression and develop new treatment strategies. In 2010 Dr Failes joined the Drug Discovery Centre as Drug Discovery Officer to establish and implement the first screening projects. Since then he has successfully delivered over 20 projects, from large-scale screening campaigns to translational projects involving drug repurposing and repositioning.

Dr Failes brings to the Centre a unique combination of chemistry and biology expertise. He has published extensively in the chemical and biological literature and contributed to successful funding submissions. His research in collaboration with industry has also led to several patents. Dr Failes has been an assessor and reviewer of grant applications and journal manuscripts and has supervised and been an examiner for several research students.