About Us

Stem Cells Australia brings together Australia’s premier life scientists to tackle the big questions in stem cell science in a seven year Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative.
Neurons derived from human iPS cells (Frisca)

Led by Professor Melissa Little, the initiative links Australia’s leading experts in bioengineering, nanotechnology, stem cell biology, advanced molecular analysis and clinical research.

We aim to explore the fundamental mechanisms involved in stem cell regulation and differentiation, and translate this knowledge into innovative biotechnological and therapeutic applications. Not only will this collaboration support excellence in stem cell research but we will also lead public debate and discussion about the important ethical, legal and societal issues associated with stem cell science.

The unique multidisciplinary approach of this initiative will also foster and train the next generation of Australian stem cell scientists, cementing Australia’s future position in the field.

Stem Cells Australia was established in 2011 by The University of Melbourne, Monash University, the University of Queensland and the University of NSW, CSIRO, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, the Victor Chang Research Institute and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute joining in 2016. The University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, University of Wollongong, University of Tasmania and University of Western Australia will join the initiative in 2018.The University of Melbourne remains the Administering Organisation for the initiative.