A/Prof Elif Ekinci is an endocrinologist early career clinician researcher and is the Director of Diabetes at Austin Health. She holds the position of Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Foundation Senior Fellow at Department of Medicine, Austin Health and the University of Melbourne. She is a graduate from the University of Melbourne and undertook physician training at St Vincent’s Health and Austin Health. She completed her PhD on the topic of Dietary Salt intake and Type 2 Diabetes. Her main focus of research is in the area of the effects of dietary salt intake in diabetes and detection and management of diabetes complications in particular diabetic kidney disease. She has been successful in attracting research funding from various bodies, including funding from the NHMRC. She supervises 9 PhD students, medical students and endocrinology trainees. She has supervised 21 Scholarly Selective students to completion. She has 81 publications in leading metabolic clinical journals. She has over 100 oral and poster presentations at both leading national and international diabetes and endocrinology conferences.