Jarmon Lees

Pluripotency and Reprogramming Prof David Gardner and Dr Alexandra Harvey
PhD student at the University of Melbourne
Recipient of Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship

Jarmon graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science (Reproduction and Marine Biology) and a Diploma of Modern Languages (French). Over the course of his Master of Science degree at the University of Melbourne (2012 -13), Jarmon developed a keen interest in embryonic stem cells. Under the supervision of Prof. David Gardner and Dr. Alexandra Harvey, Jarmon studied the role of oxygen in human embryonic stem (hES) cell metabolism and pluripotency, drawing attention to this little known area in stem cell biology at the 2013 SRB conference in Sydney.

In 2014, Jarmon was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and started his PhD in the department of Zoology, once again under the supervision of Prof. David Gardner and Dr. Alexandra Harvey. His research will focus on the importance of metabolism during the differentiation of hES cells and the role of oxygen tension during the maintenance of pluripotency and differentiation.

In addition to his research, Jarmon also teaches French at North Ringwood Community House and demonstrates part-time at Melbourne University.