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Professor Melissa Little receives Honorary Doctorate from Leiden University

08 February 2019
Professor Melissa Little upon receiving her honorary doctorate.
Professor Melissa Little, Program Leader at Stem Cells Australia, Theme Leader at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Professor at the University of Melbourne, was today awarded an honorary doctorate at Leiden University’s 444th Dies Natalis ceremony, for her services to science. 

Professor Little is being recognised for her "exceptional research into potential regenerative therapies for chronic kidney diseases, in the field of systems biology of kidney development."

Each year, two faculties nominate an individual who has made substantial contribution to the development of one of the faculty's areas of research. These two scientists each receive an Honorary Doctorate.

Joining Professor Little in receiving the honour this year will be Dutch physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf. 

“It is indeed a great honour to receive this degree from Leiden University. I feel privileged to work in science, where I can follow my curiosity, think laterally, determine my own experiments and make fundamental discoveries”, said Professor Melissa Little. 

Professor Little's research over the past 25 years has looked at how the kidney normally forms at the level of the genes and cells involved. 

With this knowledge of kidney cell development, she is currently focusing on generating mini-kidneys from patient stem cells for use in drug screening and disease modelling. In the long term, she hopes to explore the possibility of growing a new kidney from stem cells. Watch Professor Melissa Little receive her honorary doctorate at Leiden University’s 444th Dies Natalis ceremony.