Megan Munsie

Head of Engagement, Ethics & Policy Program
Megan Munsie is responsible for Stem Cells Australia's engagement and policy activities

Associate Professor Megan Munsie leads the Engagement, Ethics & Policy Program for the Stem Cells Australia initiative.

Over the course of her 20 year career in stem cell research Megan has combined her scientific expertise – gained through working in academia and industry – with a deep understanding of the issues associated stem cell research and its clinical translation.

She has co-authored numerous educational resources for the public, health and educational professionals; contributed to the development of policy at a domestic and international level; is a member of several international multidisciplinary research teams exploring impact of stem cell research and regularly provides advice and information to Australian patient advocacy groups and community members on stem cell science and associated issues. 

Megan is Deputy Director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Stem Cell Systems within the School of Biomedical Sciences. She has always been fascinated by technology and its impact on society and in addition to her career in stem cell science worked for over ten years as an embryologist in Australian IVF clinics. In 2018 she was awarded the Public Service Award from the International Society for Stem Cell Research in recognition of her public outreach and policy advocacy in stem cell science.

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.

Megan can be contacted via megan.munsie@unimelb.edu.au or +61 3 9035 8639.