Consolidation of Stem Cell Research
As a pioneer in stem cell research, Monash has recognised the great advantages of consolidating its initiatives in this rapidly evolving field. Accordingly, in early 2013, the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University reorganised activity in the development, regeneration and stem cells research space. As a consequence, the considerable expertise in stem cell biology developed within the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories (MISCL) has now been strategically integrated into the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute. These Units provide a new focus and coordinated approach to research activity and education in the development, regeneration and stem cells area.
The majority of staff and students of MISCL are now members of the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology. This department, ranked number one in its field in Australia, now consists of more than 200 staff and postgraduate students, with 10 professors, >50 research fellows and 60 PhD students. The research focus of the >20 research groups in the department is the broad field of developmental biology, which includes male and female reproductive biology, organogenesis, stem cells in development and disease, the causes and consequences of premature birth, the adult health consequences of suboptimal fetal development, and evolution and development. It now has major interests in immunology, inflammation and the interface with stem cells. There are thus striking new research synergies created by these amalgamations.
Please click on the link to go the homepage of the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, to find staff members and students, as well as details on research projects and undergraduate and postgraduate training, including the newly integrated former MISCL groups.