Adele Green AC was born in Cairns, Australia. She studied medicine, then epidemiology at the University of Queensland and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a senior scientist at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane and at Cancer Research UK, Manchester Institute and Manchester University. Her focus is on researching skin cancer and melanoma causation, prevention, management and prognosis. In 2004, Green was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for service to medical research, to public health and to leadership in the wider scientific community.