Our people

Our research and education excellence is a reflection of the people behind it. We have research group leaders who are world experts in their field, in addition to many talented researchers, educators and postgraduate students.

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Leadership in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology

Head of Department Professor John Bertram
T: +61 3 9902 9101
E: john.bertram@monash.edu
W: Bertram Laboratory
Personal Assistant to Head of DepartmentLiz Rowell
T: +61 3 9902 9100
E: elizabeth.rowell@monash.edu
Deputy Head of Department (Education)
Director, Centre for Human Anatomy Education
Head of Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor Michelle Lazarus
T: +61 3 9905 0732
E: michelle.lazarus@monash.edu

Deputy Head of Department (Research)
Co-Head, Development and Stem Cells Program

Professor Ian Smyth
T: +61 3 9902 9119
E: ian.smyth@monash.edu
W: Smyth Laboratory
Graduate Research CoordinatorProfessor Jane Black
T: +61 3 9902 9112
E: jane.black@monash.edu
W: Black Laboratory
Graduate Research CoordinatorAssociate Professor Priscilla Johanesen
T: +61 3 9902 9153
E: priscilla.johanesen@monash.edu
Honours ConvenorDr Olga Panagiotopoulou
T: +61 3 9905 0262
E: olga.panagiotopoulou@monash.edu
W: Panagiotopoulou Laboratory


Our academic and research staff

Our Lab Heads and Group Leaders are listed below. The lab information (click on the links to visit their laboratory websites) showcases the incredible research each of them are doing.

Name Lab information Program membership
Professor Helen Abud Abud Laboratory

Epithelial regeneration

Development & Stem Cells; Cancer; Infection & Immunity
Dr Justin Adams Adams Laboratory

Integrated morphology and palaeontology

Development & Stem Cells
Dr Senthil Arumugam Arumugam Laboratory

Cellular physiology

Development & Stem Cells; Neuroscience
Professor John Bertram Bertram Laboratory

Kidney development, programming and disease research group

Development & Stem Cells; Cardiovascular Disease
Professor Jane (Mary) Black Black Laboratory

Cardiovascular and renal developmental programming

Development & Stem Cells; Cardiovascular Disease
Professor John Carroll Carroll Laboratory

Oocyte and embryo development

Development & Stem Cells; Cancer; Metabolism, Diabetes & Obesity
Dr Alex Combes Combes Laboratory

Development and disease

Development & Stem Cells; Cancer
Dr Partha Das Partha Das Laboratory

Gene regulation

Development & Stem Cells
Associate Professor Luca Fiorenza Fiorenza Laboratory

Palaeodiet research

Development & Stem Cells
Dr Luc Furic Furic Laboratory

Prostate cancer research

Dr David Gonsalvez  
Professor Kieran Harvey Harvey Laboratory

Organogenesis and cancer

Development & Stem Cells; Cancer
Associate Professor Tracy Heng Heng Laboratory

Stem cells and translational immunology

Infection and Immunity; Development & Stem Cells
Dr Chantal Hoppe  
Associate Professor Karla Hutt Hutt Laboratory

Ovarian biology

Development & Stem Cells
Dr Dominic De Nardo (Kile Lab)Kile Laboratory Development & Stem Cells
Associate Professor Michelle Lazarus   Development & Stem Cells
Dr Jie Liu Liu Laboratory

Sensory perception and ageing

Neuroscience; Development & Stem Cells
Associate Professor Daniela Loessner  
Dr Jason Massey  
Dr Brent Neumann Neumann Laboratory

Nervous system development and repair

Neuroscience; Development & Stem Cells
Dr Olga Panagiotopoulou Panagiotopoulou Laboratory

Moving morphology & functional mechanics

Development & Stem Cells
Professor Roger Pocock Pocock Laboratory

Brain development, neuroplasticity and stem cells

Development & Stem Cells; Neuroscience; Metabolism, Diabetes & Obesity
Professor José Polo Polo Laboratory

Epigenetics and reprogramming

Development & Stem Cells; Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease
Professor Gail Risbridger Prostate Cancer Research Group

Prostate cancer research

Cancer; Development & Stem Cells
Associate Professor Craig Smith Smith Laboratory

Comparative development and evo-devo

Development & Stem Cells
Professor Ian Smyth Smyth Laboratory

Kidney development and disease

Development & Stem Cells; Metabolism, Diabetes & Obesity
Professor Zhicheng Xiao Xiao Laboratory

Neurodegeneration and regeneration

Neuroscience; Development & Stem Cells; Infection & Immunity


Our education-focussed academics

Name Area of research
Dr Ali Al-Rubaie 
Dr Kim Catania 
Dr Sonja McKeown 
Dr Julia Young