Associate Professor Megan Munsie is a scientist who has combined her extensive technical expertise in stem cell science with an interest and understanding of the complex ethical, social and regulatory issues associated with stem cells in research and in the clinic. A/Prof Munsie is the Head of the Education, Ethics, Law & Community Awareness Unit, a position jointly funded by the University of Melbourne and Monash University. She is also the Policy and Outreach Manager for the Stem Cells Australia initiative.
A/Prof Munsie regularly provides advice and information to Australian researchers, academics, politicians, media, patient advocacy groups and community members on stem cell science and associated issues. She is a member of an international research team that is exploring community expectation in relation to stem cell science and in particular stem cell tourism and has developed several educational resources for the public and health professionals on stem cells.
In addition to having worked for over fifteen years in the Australian stem cell field, A/Prof Munsie also has more than ten years experience as a clinical embryologist in IVF clinics around Australia.
She has a Bachelor of Applied Science from QUT, a Masters in Reproductive Sciences and a PhD from Monash University. It was during her PhD in 2000, in which she was the first person to demonstrate that stem cells could be made from ‘cloned' mouse embryos, that A/Prof Munsie saw the need for scientists to engage with regulators and the public.