Dr Nikolas Haass is a Professor at The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute/Translational Research Institute, and Adjunct Faculty member at the Centenary Institute/University of Sydney. After obtaining his PhD at the German Cancer Research Center/University of Heidelberg, he trained as a dermatologist (focus: cutaneous oncology) at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. He then spent five years at the Wistar Institute/University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, as a post-doctoral fellow funded by the German Research Foundation. As a Cameron Melanoma Research Fellow from October 2007 to February 2013, he headed the group, ‘Experimental Melanoma Therapy’ at the Centenary Institute. In March 2013 he commenced his current position at UQDI. Using real-time imaging of melanoma cells in 3D culture and in vivo, he and his team investigate the role of differential subpopulations of melanoma cells in melanomagenesis with the goal to develop novel therapeutic approaches by simultaneously targeting these differential subpopulations.