Deputy Director - Centre for Stem Cell Systems and Head of Education, Ethics, Law & Community Awareness Unit, Stem Cells Australia, University of Melbourne

Dr Megan Munsie is a scientist who has combined her extensive technical expertise in stem cell science with an interest and understanding of the complex ethical, social and regulatory issues associated with stem cells in research and in the clinic. Dr Munsie is currently the Head of the Education, Ethics, Law & Community Awareness Unit at the ARC funded Stem Cells Australia initiative and Deputy Director of the Centre for Stem Cell Systems at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Munsie regularly provides advice and information to Australian researchers, academics, politicians, media, patient advocacy groups and community members on stem cell science and associated issues. She is a member of a joint Monash University and University of Melbourne research team that is exploring community expectation in relation to stem cell science and in particular stem cell tourism.

In addition to having worked for over fifteen years in the Australian stem cell field, Dr 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