Graduate Research Office Leadership Team

The Monash Graduate Research Office is responsible for the leadership, strategic oversight, and management of all graduate research matters. In partnership with faculties and central units, we support students at every stage of their higher degree research life-cycle.

Vice-Provost (Faculty and Graduate Affairs)

Prof Matthew Gillespie

Professor Matthew Gillespie AM

As Vice-Provost (Faculty and Graduate Affairs) and Chair of the governing body for Graduate Research (GRC), Professor Matthew Gillespie provides strategic leadership to support the continuing improvement of Monash’s academic reputation in Graduate Research.

Trained in microbiology and immunology, he is known for his works as a bone cell biologist and cancer researcher. His research focused upon understanding how bone can be built and lost, and his research lead to several key findings for the field and patents for the identification of inhibitors of bone loss. His research and PhD students were deeply embedded with a number of pharmaceutical companies.

He has held Director roles within Medical Research Institutes (Director, Prince Henry’s Institute 2008-2013; Associate Director, St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research) and has served on a number of government funding agencies and research committees and has held editorial roles in global scientific communities.

Academic Director, Graduate Research

Prof Sharon Ricardo

Professor Sharon Ricardo

As Academic Director, Graduate Research, Professor Sharon Ricardo works alongside the Vice-Provost (Faculty and Graduate Affairs) to make decisions and provide guidance on a range of complex academic matters related to graduate research. She is also actively involved in the promotion and education of science to the broader community by engaging with secondary school students, patient groups and philanthropic societies.

Professor Sharon Ricardo completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 1994 pursuing post-doctoral studies at Pennsylvania State University in the Division of Nephrology (1994-2000). She is currently a Research Group Leader in the Monash Biomedical Discovery Institute at Monash University. As head of the Kidney Regeneration and Stem Cell Laboratory her lab is producing high-impact research aimed at developing new stem cell-based therapies in combination with repair and growth factors that may offer alternatives to renal replacement. Her discoveries resulting in >100 publications that have been cited >6,000 times, have led to the first induced pluripotent stem cell lines from human kidneys and translational research evidenced by seven granted international patents.

Sharon is an Editor of the Nephrology journal and previously served on the Scientific Program and Education Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology.

Director, Graduate Research Office

Michelle Lopez

Ms Michelle Lopez

The Director, Monash Graduate Research Office is responsible for the leadership of all aspects of the University’s centralised graduate research administration services along with strategic oversight and leadership of University-wide graduate research matters including strategic planning and regulatory compliance, student and supervisor development and quality expectations and programs including the Monash Doctoral Program and Graduate Research Industry Partnerships (GRIPs). Michelle and her team provide administrative leadership, expert advice, oversight and insight of the higher education regulatory environment and develop and implement strategies, systems and policies that maximise the benefits of investment in graduate research and work closely with faculties to enable excellence in graduate research at Monash.