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Head Ethics, Education & Policy in Stem Cell Science and Convener of Stem Cells Australia, The University of Melbourne

Professor Munsie is an internationally recognised leader in the stem cell research community. She has led engagement and policy activities for a series of major Australian Government funded programs in stem cell science and is currently the convenor of Stem Cells Australia, an online education initiative that aims to provide clear and reliable information to Australians curious about stem cells and their role in medicine. She holds a joint appointment across the University of Melbourne’s School of Biomedical Sciences and the Melbourne Medical School and heads a highly regarded interdisciplinary research program examining the ethical, legal and social implications of stem cell research.

Megan serves on advisory committees to national and international scientific organisations and is the Chair of Ethics Committee for the International Society for Stem Cell Research and Vice President of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research. She was awarded the 2018 Public Service Award from ISSCR in recognition of her contribution to public outreach and policy advocacy in stem cell science.

In addition to having worked for over fifteen years in the Australian stem cell field, Professor Munsie also has more than ten years experience as a clinical embryologist in IVF clinics around Australia.

Experience

  • 2011–present
    Head - Education, Ethics, Law & Communit Awareness Unit, Stem Cells Australia
  • 2007–2011
    Senior Manager - Research & Government, Australian Stem Cell Centre
  • 2001–2006
    Scientific Development Manager, Stem Cell Sciences Ltd
  • 1990–2000
    Clinical Embryologist, Melbourne IVF

Education

  • 2000 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 1995 
    Monash University, Masters Rep Sci
  • 1987 
    QUT, B App Sci

Publications

  • 2012
    Tempering hope with realism: induced pluripotent stem cells in regenerative medicine, MJA
  • 2009
    Isolation and production of cells suitable for human therapy: challenges ahead, Cell Stem Cell
  • 2008
    New ISSCR guidelines underscore major principles for responsible translational stem cell research, Cell Stem Cell
  • 2000
    Isolation of pluripotent embryonic stem cells from reprogrammed adult mouse somatic cell nuclei., Curr Biol

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    High hopes, high risk? A sociological study of stem cell tourism
    Role:
    Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2011
    Special Research Initiative in Stem Cell Science - Stem Cells Australia
    Role:
    Associate Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2008
    Reproducible production of patient-specific human embryonic like stem cell lines from SCNT
    Role:
    Investigator
    Funding Source:
    NSW/VIC Government Stem Cell Research Grant Progra