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Professor Melissa Little wins prestigious award

Institute News
Monday, August 3, 2015 - 11:12am
Congratulations to Professor Melissa Little, Group Leader of Kidney Development, Disease and Regeneration, who has recently been awarded the Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (ANZSCDB) Presidents Medal for 2015.

Congratulations to Professor Melissa Little, Group Leader of Kidney Development, Disease and Regeneration, who has recently been awarded the ANZSCDB Presidents Medal for 2015.

This is the highest honour bestowed by ANZSCDB and recognises outstanding contributions to cell and developmental Biology in Australia and New Zealand.

The President of ANZSCDB, Carol Wicking was full of praise for Professor Little saying, “Melissa is a leading figure in developmental and stem cell biology in Australia and internationally. For many years, Melissa has made seminal contributions to studying the development of the urogenital system, efforts that culminated recently in the successful differentiation of a pluripotent stem cell into a mini kidney in vitro. These are landmark studies with implications for future kidney regeneration efforts.”

As well as her extensive scientific achievements, Professor Little is well known for her leadership and advocacy roles in the scientific community, including a stint as Chief Scientific Officer of the Australian Stem Cell Centre and her current role as Vice President of the Australian Society for Stem Cell Research.

She also served on the Australian Government’s McKeon strategic review into health and medical research, and is a member of the NHMRC research committee.

Professor Melissa Little will be presented with the ANZSCDB Presidents Medal at ComBio which will be held in Melbourne this September.