Deputy Director Megan Munsie promoted to Professor

Megan Munsie, Deputy Director at the Centre for Stem Cell Systems and researcher with the University of Melbourne Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience was recently promoted to the position of full professor in 2019.

Professor Megan Munsie is an internationally recognised leader in the stem cell research community and has led engagement and policy activities for a series of major Australian Government funded initiatives in stem cell science since 2007.

Megan has made significant contributions to the field of stem cell science and regenerative medicine including forging key partnerships and developing innovative strategies to address public expectations in stem cell science, driving reforms to Australian policy related to stem cell research and its translation, and informing the development of global industry standards.

Megan's research centres on the ethical, legal and social issues associated with stem cell science and regenerative medicine. Her research lab and collaborators conduct empirical research to underpin the development of engagement, education and awareness initiatives around stem cell therapies, as well as inform development of policy related to stem cell science and regenerative medicine at a national and international level .

Megan is committed to creating resources for patients and healthcare professionals and has played an important role in guiding content development for A Closer Look at Stem Cells, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) website dedicated to helping the public understand the biology and clinical applications of stem cells.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions of public service to the fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine, Megan was awarded the 2018 ISSCR Public Service Award.

Megan also engages extensively with mainstream media and has contributed to more than a dozen articles to The Conversation and Cosmos magazine, provided briefings to the Australian Science Media Centre and appeared in over 75 print, television and radio stories.

As experts in their fields, Professors are invaluable for leading the University towards international excellence and recognition. Not only do professors’ innovative teaching and research advance the capacity and standing of the School and University more broadly, but they are also important ambassadors for communicating the University’s work within the wider community.

Professor Megan Munsie joins eight academics from the School of Biomedical Sciences and 50 newly appointed professors across the University this year. We wish them the best of luck in their new roles.

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