NHMRC Research Fellow awarded to Director of Research

11 October 2017
Professor Peter Currie

Professor Peter Currie, Director of Research at Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) at Monash University, was awarded a NHMRC Research Fellowship for his work in developmental genetics.

Understanding how muscle grows and repairs after injury or disease is the central focus of the research in this fellowship.

Specific cells are put aside during development to generate growth and to provide the stem cells required for regeneration in muscle. Through the advantages of the zebrafish system, Professor Currie and his team will record the action of different stem cell populations during growth and disease. Thereafter, it will be possible to define the genes required for stem cell action and utilize this knowledge to create new therapeutic pathways.

The grant, titled “Genetic basis for skeletal muscle formation and regeneration in development and disease” will be funded by the $876,005 fellowship between 2018 – 2022.

This research aligns well with the Currie Group at ARMI, which is interested in how specific muscle cell types are determined within the developing embryo, how they grow and how they regenerate after injury.

Congratulations Peter!

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is a significant funding body and supports research across the full spectrum of health and medical research, from basic science through to clinical, public health and health services research.

Professor Peter Currie is an Affiliate Investigator at Stem Cells Australia