Associate Professor Megan Munsie is a scientist who combines her extensive technical expertise in stem cell research with an interest and understanding of the complex ethical, societal and regulatory issues associated with the field.
Megan has been involved in stem cell research in Australia since 1996 and is based at the University of Melbourne – where she heads the Education, Ethics, Law and Community Awareness Unit at the Australian Research Council-funded Stem Cells Australia initiative.
Over the last decade, Megan has contributed to the development of related policy in Australia and abroad; co-authored numerous educational resources for the public and health professionals, and routinely held forums to discuss stem cell research and its implications. She is a member of an international research team that is exploring community expectation in relation to stem cell science, and in particular ‘stem cell tourism’. Megan is an advisor to several organisations including Chair of the International Society for Stem Cell Research’s Closer Look at Stem Cells taskforce, and the Policy, Ethics and Translation Sub-Committee of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research.
Megan has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queensland University of Technology, a Masters in Reproductive Sciences and a PhD from Monash University. During her PhD in 2000, she demonstrated that stem cells could be made from ‘cloned’ mouse embryos – the first proof-of-concept for therapeutic cloning. She has also worked as an embryologist in IVF clinics and for an ASX listed biotechnology company.