Profiles

Australia's leading experts in bioengineering, nanotechnology, stem cell biology, advanced molecular analysis and clinical research from universities and research institutes around the country are involved in the Stem Cells Australia initiative.

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  • Professor Melissa Little  Program Leader and Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Molecular basis of kidney development and generation of stem cells for kidney rebuilding or repair in kidney diseases

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  • Professor Christine Wells  Deputy Program Leader and Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Computational and systems biology approaches to determining cell identity - tissue macrophages, stem cells, pluripotent stem cells and adult progenitor cells

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  • Associate Professor Helen Abud  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Stem cells in intestinal disease and bowel cancer

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  • Dr Guy Barry  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus: Neuroscience

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  • Professor Perry Bartlett  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Activation of endogenous brain stem cells to repair the aged, damaged or diseased central nervous system

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  • Dr Jessica Bell  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Legal and governance issues from large-scale research infrastructures such as biobanks and data-sharing networks

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  • Professor James Bourne  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Development, maturation and repair of the cerebral cortex in primates

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  • Associate Professor James Chong  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Novel methods to achieve heart regeneration

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  • Professor John Christodoulou  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Diagnosis and management of children with inborn errors of metabolism

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  • Professor Justin Cooper-White  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Elucidation of microenvironmental cues that regulate stem cell behaviours and translation of these insights into biomaterial scaffolds and microdevices to direct stem cell differentiation

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  • Professor Peter Currie  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Muscle development and evolution

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  • Dr Partha Das  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Transcription factors and epigenetic regulators of gene expression programs in stem cells and differentiated cells and in cancers and neurodegenerative disorders

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  • Professor Nick Di Girolamo  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Restoring sight in patients with severe corneal disease using stem cells

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  • Research focus: Using neural stem cells to generate neuronal cell types - applications in Parkinson's disease, Friedreich's ataxia, Hirschsprung's disease, peripheral neuropathies and hearing loss

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  • Professor Andrew Elefanty  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Regulation of human pluripotent stem cell differentiation to mesendodermal precursors and then to mesodermal lineages, as exemplified by blood and endothelium

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  • Dr David Elliott  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Use of pluripotent stem cells generated from adult cells to study human heart development and disease

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  • Associate Professor Ron Firestein  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus:Use of patient derived and IPSC-derived organoids for modelling cancer and identifying new therapies using orthogonal drug and genetic/CRISPR screens

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  • Professor Alistair Forrest  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Transcriptional networks defining mammalian cellular states, especially cancer

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  • Dr Irene Gallego Romero  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Induced pluripotent stem cells and functional genomics to address questions about the mechanisms of evolutionary adaptation in humans

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  • Professor David Gardner  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus: Improvements of techniques associated with reproductive biology through basic research at the cellular level

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  • Professor Caroline Gargett  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus:Endometrial Stem/Progenitor cells in gynaecological disease, including a tissue engineering project using tissue engineering principles for treating pelvic organ prolapse

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  • Professor Robert Graham  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Biology of postnatal heart development, particularly cardiomyocytes, as a prelude to initiating meaningful heart muscle regeneration in the injured adult or mal-developed infant heart

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  • Professor Peter Gray  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Bioengineering mammalian cell protein expression and stem cell-based bioprocessor systems

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  • Professor Richard Harvey  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Cellular, molecular, genetic and epigenetic aspects of the function and regeneration of the mammalian heart, including cardiac stem cells and stromal cells in the adult heart and how they might be targeted therapeutically for heart regeneration.

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  • Dr John Haynes  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Stem cell-based models of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases - embryonic stem cell reporter lines and enrichment of neural phenotypes

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  • Associate Professor Alex Hewitt  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Molecular mechanisms in eye disease

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  • Professor Doug Hilton  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Genes and molecular pathways involved in development and function of blood cells

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  • Dr Robin Hobbs  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Molecular mechanisms underlying stem cell self-renewal and differentiation, using testis germline stem/progenitor cells

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  • Dr James Hudson  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus:Organoid research specifically for cardiac diseases

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  • Dr Harald Janovjak  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Synthetic physiology - understanding and manipulating cell signalling and cell behaviour selectively in tissues affected by degeneration, including type 1 diabetes and Parkinson's disease

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  • Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Fundamental mechanisms that drive renewal of neurons in adult brain

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  • Dr Gerard Kaiko  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus: Lung and intestinal epithelial stem cells

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  • Professor Jane Kaye  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Relationships between law, ethics and the emerging technologies in health

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  • Dr Kazu Kikuchi  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus: Understanding the mechanisms of heart regeneration

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  • Professor Trevor Kilpatrick  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Aetiology, pathogenesis and treatemnt of multiple sclerosis

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  • Dr Jason Kovacic  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus: Investigating new and game-changing discoveries related to cardiovascular disease and to blockages of the heart arteries (coronary artery disease)

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  • Associate Professor Andrew Laslett  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus: Human pluripotent stem cell biology research

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  • Dr Kim-Anh Le Cao  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Mathematical and statistical modelling of diverse and large biological data-sets to gain new insights into molecular mechanisms regulating biological processes

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  • Dr Heather Lee  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus: Epigenetic heterogeneity and dynamics in stem cells and cancer

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  • Dr Rebecca Lim  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus:Cell and gene therapies including CAR-T, clinical translation of cellular therapies including scalable manufacturing technologies, regulatory compliance and process development

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  • Professor Ryan Lister  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Elucidating how the epigenome is established and dynamically modified, how it affects cellular readout of underlying genetic information, and molecular tools for editing the epigenome

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  • Associate Professor Jessica Mar  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Development of bioinformatics and statistical methods to understand how variability of gene expression contributes to regulation of the transcriptome and human disease

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  • Professor Christophe Marcelle  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating myogenic differentiation, growth and repair - towards treatment of muscular dystrophy

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  • Dr Mikael Martino  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Research in immunology, stem cells, and bioengineering, to understand molecular and cellular mechanisms governing tissue repair and regeneration and to engineer novel regenerative strategies

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  • Dr Courtney McDonald  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus:Clinical translation of umbilical cord blood stem cells and neural stem cells for treatment of perinatal brain injury and other neurological conditions

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  • Dr Tobias Merson  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Cellular and molecular interactions between neurons and myelin-forming oligodendrocytes in the central nervous system, towards developing strategies to promote myelin repair in diseases such as multiple sclerosis

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  • Associate Professor Megan Munsie  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: To improve understanding of legal, ethical, social and policy issues associated with stem cell science and regenerative medicine

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  • Dr Shalin Naik  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Single cell systems biology - how cells of the immune system are formed from blood stem cells

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  • Dr Bryony Nayagam  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Development of regenerative therapies for hearing loss

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  • Professor Lars Nielsen  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Systems and synthetic biology to develop sustainable bioprocesses - including tuissue engineering to generate microtissues for drug screening and blood cells for transfusion

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  • Professor Susie Nilsson  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Haemopoiesis and the changes and their effects in haemopoietic disease

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  • Dr Robert Nordon  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus: Mammalian cell bioreactors for clinical therapies

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  • Dr Michael O'Connor  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Use of human pluripotent stem cells to understand lens and cataract development

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  • Associate Professor Alicia Oshlack  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Bioinformatic analysis of gene expression, epigenetics, clinical sequencing and cancer genomics

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  • Dr Nathan Palpant  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Mechanisms underlying mesoderm cell lineage decisions using human pluripotent stem cells, genomics, genome engineering, and bioengineering

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  • Associate Professor Clare Parish  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells and their appplications in cell-replacement therapy in Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and stroke

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  • Professor Alice Pebay  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Stem cells for modelling and correcting blinding diseases

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  • Professor Alan Petersen  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Community consultation over the development and use of new technologies

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  • Professor Steve Petrou  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Pathology of ion channel disorders, in particular epilepsy, using in vitro and in vivo models to reveal opportunities for developing novel therapies

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  • Professor Jose Polo  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms that govern cell identity and cell fate, especially pluripotency and reprogramming of somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and other mature cell types.

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  • Associate Professor Enzo Porrello  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Molecular mechanisms that guide heart development and regeneration

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  • Professor Colin Pouton  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Cell and molecular biological models in mechanistic investigations of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases, leading to improved models for drug discovery

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  • Associate Professor Joseph Powell  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Use of large-scale genomic data to investigate how DNA sequence variants contribute to human disease

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  • Dr Mirana Ramialison  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Bioinformatic analysis of how gene regulatory networks drive embryonic development and contribute to congenital heart disease

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  • Dr Alberto Rosello-Diez  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Local and systemic mechanisms that regulate bone growth in limbs and communication between bone and the rest of the body

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  • Professor Nadia Rosenthal  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus: Using mammalian genetics to explore the embryonic development of heart and skeletal muscle and the regeneration of adult tissues.

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  • Professor Alan Rowan  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Interaction of cells with nanostructured materials and surfaces

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  • Dr James Ryall  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Skeletal muscle stem cells and regeneration

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  • Professor Ed Stanley  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Genetic manipulation of pluripotent stem cells, analysis of stem cell-derived beta cells, making blood cells and stem cell models of human disease

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  • Professor Alastair Stewart  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Mechanisms in inflammation and fibrosis in respiratory disease - mechanopharmacology in drug discovery and ultra-high content screening

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  • Dr Claire Tanner  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Sociology of science, the body and health

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  • Associate Professor Pradeep Tanwar  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus: Reproductive tract stem cells

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  • Dr Samir Taoudi  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Understanding how blood stem cells are produced and how their behaviours are controlled

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  • Dr Lachlan Thompson  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Repair of the damaged brain with stem cells - transplantation and neurogenesis in Parkinson's disease, stroke and motor neuron disease

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  • Professor Stefan Thor  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Control of proliferation and cell fate of neural progenitors

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  • Professor David Thorburn  Partner Investigator
    Research focus: Inherited metabolic disorders, particularly those affecting mitochondrial energy generation

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  • Associate Professor Claudia Vickers  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Synthetic biology and industrial biotechnology - microbial metabolic engineering

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  • Professor Jane Visvader  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus: Molecular regulators of normal breast development and cancer

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  • Professor Brandon Wainwright  Associate Investigator
    Research focus: Genes, cell signalling, stem cells and cancer (skin, brain)

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  • Professor Stephanie Watson  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Developing innovative solutions to restore sight in corneal disorders

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  • Associate Professor Anthony White  Affiliate Investigator
    Research focus:Development of 3D cell models of human neurons and glia to further our understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

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  • Professor Ernst Wolvetang  Chief Investigator
    Research focus: Using human induced pluripotent stem cells to model brain and ageing diseases, to perform functional genomics and develop novel regenerative medicine approaches

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