Dr. Hawkins obtained her PhD in 1996 and her MD in 1997 from the University of Western Ontario. She completed her residency training in Neuropathology at the University of Toronto in 2002, including a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Zurich. Dr. Hawkins joined The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) as a Neuropathologist in 2002. She is a Senior Scientist in the Cell Biology Program and Principal Investigator at the Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at the SickKids Research Institute and a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include molecular pathogenesis and therapeutics for paediatric glioma and clinical implementation of novel diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic markers for paediatric brain tumours.