Stem Cell and Developmental Biology
Tremendous advances in biomedical technologies are allowing us to understand how cells develop and differentiate into complex tissues and organisms, and this helping us to unravel the processes involved in many diseases.
Associate Professor Kelly Smith, Academic Theme Lead
Dr Lincon Stamp, Deputy
Cells are the basic unit of life.
Understanding how cells develop and differentiate into complex tissues and organisms is of fundamental biological importance and a key determinant of disease.
Our researchers use computational systems, stem cells and animal models to investigate the normal and pathological development of tissues and organs, including how sex organs, the heart and the nervous systems develop.
We also examine how cell state and fate change in macular degeneration, heart diseases and vascular disorders.
Our internationally recognised research into ethics, law and society addresses the societal impacts of emerging technologies such as stem cells.
Collectively, we aim to develop new methods for regenerative medicine, including:
- Replacement cells for blood, brain and gut, and
- Identifying improved treatments for retinal disease and neuropsychiatric disorders
Cheng laboratory: Stem cell and organ size control regulation
Research Group Leader: Associate Professor Louise Cheng
Clark laboratory: Transcriptomics and Neurogenetics
Research Group Leader: Dr Mike Clark
Gunnersen laboratory: Neuron development and plasticity
Research Group Leader: Associate Professor Jenny Gunnersen
Hime laboratory: Stem cell genetics and Drosophila models of human disease
Research Group Leader: Professor Gary Hime
Hogan laboratory: Vascular Cell and Developmental Biology
Research Group Leader: Professor Ben Hogan
Munsie laboratory: Ethical, legal and social implications of stem cell research
Research Group Leader: Professor Megan Munsie
Smith laboratory: Cardiac Genetics
Research Group Leader: Associate Professor Kelly Smith
Stamp & Hao laboratory: Development of the enteric nervous system
Research Group Leaders: Dr Lincon Stamp and Dr Marlene Hao
Stem Cell Disease Modelling Laboratory
Research Group Leaders: Professor Alice Pébay and Dr Maria Di Biase
Wells laboratory: Stem cell systems
Research Group Leader: Professor Christine Wells
Wilhelm laboratory: Gonad Development and Fertility
Research Group Leader: Associate Professor Dagmar Wilhelm
Eckersley-Maslin laboratory: Stem cell and cancer epigenetics
Research Group Leader: Dr Melanie Eckersley-Maslin
Ruparelia Laboratory: Muscle Growth, Regeneration and Ageing
Research Group Leader: Dr Avnika Ruparella