Profiles

Australia's leading experts in bioengineering, nanotechnology, stem cell biology, advanced molecular analysis and clinical research from universities and research institutes around the country are involved in the Stem Cells Australia initiative.

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  • Professor Melissa Little  Stem Cells Australia Program Leader
    Research focus: Molecular basis of kidney development and generation of stem cells for kidney rebuilding or repair in kidney diseases

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  • Professor Warren Alexander  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Understanding the molecules and processes governing blood cell production in health and disease

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  • Professor Perry Bartlett  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Activation of endogenous brain stem cells to repair the aged, damaged or diseased central nervous system

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  • Associate Professor James Bourne  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Development, maturation and repair of the cerebral cortex in primates

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  • Professor Robert Capon  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Detection, isolation, identification and evaluation of biologically active small molecules from Nature

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  • Professor Justin Cooper-White  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Elucidation of microenvironmental cues that regulate stem cell behaviours and translation of these insights into biomaterial scaffolds and microdevices to direct stem cell differentiation

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  • Associate Professor Mirella Dottori  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Using neural stem cells to generate neuronal cell types - applications in Parkinson's disease, Friedreich's ataxia, Hirschsprung's disease, peripheral neuropathies and hearing loss

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  • Professor Andrew Elefanty  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Regulation of human pluripotent stem cell differentiation to mesendodermal precursors and then to mesodermal lineages, as exemplified by blood and endothelium

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  • Dr David Elliott  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Use of pluripotent stem cells generated from adult cells to study human heart development and disease

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  • Dr Judith Field  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Investigate the role of genetics in development of immune-mediated diseases such as MS (and beyond)

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  • Professor David Gardner  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Improvements of techniques associated with reproductive biology through basic research at the cellular level

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  • Professor Robert Graham  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Biology of postnatal heart development, particularly cardiomyocytes, as a prelude to initiating meaningful heart muscle regeneration in the injured adult or mal-developed infant heart

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  • Professor Peter Gray  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Bioengineering mammalian cell protein expression and stem cell-based bioprocessor systems

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  • Professor Richard Harvey  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Cellular, molecular, genetic and epigenetic aspects of the function and regeneration of the mammalian heart, including cardiac stem cells and stromal cells in the adult heart and how they might be targeted therapeutically for heart regeneration.

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  • Professor Doug Hilton  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Genes and molecular pathways involved in development and function of blood cells

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  • Dr Robin Hobbs  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Molecular mechanisms underlying stem cell self-renewal and differentiation, using testis germline stem/progenitor cells

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  • Professor Trevor Kilpatrick  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Aetiology, pathogenesis and treatemnt of multiple sclerosis

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  • Professor Christophe Marcelle  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating myogenic differentiation, growth and repair - towards treatment of muscular dystrophy

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  • Dr Tobias Merson  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Cellular and molecular interactions between neurons and myelin-forming oligodendrocytes in the central nervous system, towards developing strategies to promote myelin repair in diseases such as multiple sclerosis

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  • Professor Michael Monteiro  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Building designer polymers for various biomedical applications, including vaccines, drug delivery and stem cells.

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  • Associate Professor Megan Munsie  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: To improve understanding of legal, ethical, social and policy issues associated with stem cell science and regenerative medicine

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  • Professor Lars Nielsen  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Systems and synthetic biology to develop sustainable bioprocesses - including tuissue engineering to generate microtissues for drug screening and blood cells for transfusion

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  • Dr Robert Nordon  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Mammalian cell bioreactors for clinical therapies

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  • Dr Nathan Palpant  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Mechanisms underlying mesoderm cell lineage decisions using human pluripotent stem cells, genomics, genome engineering, and bioengineering

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  • Associate Professor Clare Parish  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells and their appplications in cell-replacement therapy in Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and stroke

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  • Associate Professor Alice Pebay  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Stem cells for modelling and correcting blinding diseases

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  • Professor Jose Polo  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms that govern cell identity and cell fate, especially pluripotency and reprogramming of somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and other mature cell types.

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  • Dr Joy Rathjen  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Understanding the maintenance and controlled differentiation of embryonic stem cells in culture

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  • Professor Pankaj Sah  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Understand the neural circuitry that underpins learning and memory formation

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  • Professor Ed Stanley  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Genetic manipulation of pluripotent stem cells, analysis of stem cell-derived beta cells, making blood cells and stem cell models of human disease

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  • Dr Lachlan Thompson  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Repair of the damaged brain with stem cells - transplantation and neurogenesis in Parkinson's disease, stroke and motor neuron disease

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  • Professor Brandon Wainwright  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Genes, cell signalling, stem cells and cancer (skin, brain)

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  • Professor Christine Wells  Deputy Program Leader and Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Computational and systems biology approaches to determining cell identity - tissue macrophages, stem cells, pluripotent stem cells and adult progenitor cells

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  • Professor Ernst Wolvetang  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Using human induced pluripotent stem cells to model brain and ageing diseases, to perform functional genomics and develop novel regenerative medicine approaches

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