Profiles

Associate Professor Megan Munsie

 - Associate Investigator

A/Prof Megan Munsie brings an unique set of skills to her role as an Associate Researcher and head of the Education, Ethics, Law & Community Awareness of Stem Cell Science Unit. Prior to joining the stem cell field, A/Prof Munsie worked for over ten years as a clinical embryologist in IVF practices around Australia. Subsequently, A/Prof Munsie was the first person to demonstrate - in an animal model - that pluripotent stem cells could be generated from an adult cell using the technique of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT).

While working for a small biotechnology company, she instigated the successful collaboration that derived the MEL series of human embryonic stem cell lines in one of the first NHMRC licensed projects in Australia and also led research projects into neuronal differentiation. A/Prof Munsie was actively involved in the successful introduction of amending Australian legislation to allow SCNT for research in Australia, as well as mirroring legislation in various state jurisdictions.

She has been or remains a member of advisory committees to the International Society of Stem Cell Research, the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority, the Australia New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Network and the Government Affairs, Ethics and Public Policy Committee of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research. For several years, A/Prof Munsie has provided guest lectures on stem cells, policy, ethics and regulation to undergraduate and postgraduate science and medical students.

A/Prof Munsie is also committed to public education and has provided talks at numerous secondary schools, community and patient advocacy group meetings as well as co-authored public education material including the well-regarded ASCC Patient Handbook and a guide to assist secondary school teachers introduce curriculum relevant activities on stem cell science and issues into the classroom.

She also provides advice and information to Australian researchers, academics, politicians, media, patient advocacy groups and community members and through these networks has formed long-lasting collaborations. Her standing in the field is recognised by many invitations to speak at national and international scientific and industry conferences. A/Prof Munsie is involved in several ongoing research projects exploring community attitudes and expectations in stem cell science.