Our Research

By linking Australia’s leading experts in bioengineering, nanotechnology, stem cell biology, advanced molecular analysis and clinical research, the Stem Cells Australia collaboration aims to uncover the fundamental mechanisms involved in stem cell regulation and differentiation, and translate that knowledge into innovative biotechnological and therapeutic applications. 

A colony of human iPS cells (Sam Nayler)

By exploring four key research areas, in a unique multidisciplinary approach, Stem Cells Australia will also foster and train the next generation of Australian stem cell scientists, cementing Australia’s future position in the field. The key areas of scientific research include:

  1. Pluripotency and Reprogramming 
  2. Cardiac Regeneration and Repair 
  3. Neural Regeneration and Repair 
  4. Haematopoiesis 
Stem Cells Australia's research endeavors will be supported by central infrastructure such as the dedicated bioinformatics platform Stemformatics and a new computational approach to explore gene regulatory networks in stem cell differentiation.

Given the high profile of stem cell research, Stem Cells Australia also views public engagement and research into related ethical and societal considerations as essential component of the initiative and has established an Education, Ethics, Law and Community Awareness Unit that will undertake important work in collaboration with sociologists and ethicists from around the country.

Professor Melissa Little, an internationally recognised stem cell researcher jointly appointed through University of Melbourne and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute leads this seven year ARC Special Research Initiative in Stem Cell Science.