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New Deputy for ARMI

March 27th 2008

The Director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Professor Nadia Rosenthal has announced the appointment of Professor Peter Currie as Deputy Director and Head of the Regenerative Biology Unit of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute. Professor Currie will take up his post from December 2008.

His appointment follows an international recruitment program to identify a deputy director for the new Institute, which will see over 100 people recruited within two years to join the researchers already involved in regenerative medicine research within the Monash biosciences precinct.

Professor Currie is currently laboratory head of the Developmental Biology Program at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney and previously held a senior program leadership position at the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.
In addition to assuming a key role as deputy director, Professor Currie will continue an active research program focusing on zebra fish muscle disease models.

ARMI is currently in the process of developing a zebra fish aquarium on the Monash University campus at Clayton.  When completed, the $3.8m core facility will contain 5000 zebra fish tanks, a 1000 tank quarantine room, and a self-contained phenotyping room (the former two at PC 2 levels).

“This appointment is a return for Professor Currie to his home city of Melbourne. He has an outstanding record in carrying out high quality research, has published in the leading journals of developmental biology and regenerative medicine and has a demonstrated capacity for leadership along with a strong desire to mentor young scientists,” said Professor Rosenthal.
“I am convinced that this appointment will provide a significant boost to what is already an extremely exciting project, and I look forward to working closely with Peter over the coming years as we build this unique Australian institute.”

Professor Peter Currie
ARMI Deputy Director Professor Peter Currie

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