Dr Meg Barnet

Dr Meg Barnet is a medical oncologist specialising in gastrointestinal and lung cancer, with special interests in immuno-oncology and genomic sequencing.

Dr Barnet joined the Kinghorn Cancer Centre at the commencement of her PhD at the Garvan Institute in 2017. She has received an Australian Postgraduate Award, Sydney Catalyst PhD scholarship and Australian Genomics Health Alliance PhD award to support this work. She has presented results from her research, which focuses on germline determinants of response to immunotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer, at national and international conferences, and published extensively in high-impact and peer-reviewed journals.
Dr Barnet has been an investigator on multiple NHMRC project grants, commercial and philanthropic grants. She is the clinical lead for the Exceptional Responders Program, a Garvan/Kinghorn collaboration recruiting patients nationally with unusual natural history of disease or response to treatment. The program now incorporates cancer and immunologic disease and is a collaboration with referring clinicians nationally.

After completing her undergraduate degree in biology and economics at Duke University in North Carolina, Dr Barnet returned to Australia and graduated medicine with Honours from the University of Sydney in 2008. She completed her general medical and oncology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, before moving to the St Vincent’s precinct to continue her clinical work and develop her research, completing her PhD in immunology in 2021. She is based in the immunology department at the Garvan Institute, attends multi-disciplinary meetings in thoracic, colorectal and upper gastrointestinal cancers, is a member of the St Vincent’s Human Research Ethics Committee and a conjoint Senior Associate Lecturer with the University of UNSW.