Prof Ed Stanley


Head of the Stem Cell Technology Laboratory at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne.


Professor Ed Stanley completed his PhD at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Melbourne, working on hematopoietic growth factors and gene targeting in mouse embryonic stem cells. Following his PhD, Professor Stanley undertook post-doctoral studies in Developmental Biology at the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London. On his return to Australia, he joined Richard Harvey’s cardiac developmental biology laboratory at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne. Together with colleague Professor Andrew Elefanty, he moved to Monash University in 2002 and established The Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation Laboratory.

The laboratory focused on human embryonic stem cell (ESC) differentiation along mesodermal (blood, endothelium and heart) and endodermal (pancreas) lineages. This group developed novel methods for genetic modification of pluripotent stem cells and serum free differentiation protocols. In 2012, Professor Stanley to moved the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, where he currently heads the Stem Cell Technology Laboratory. He is an NHMRC senior research fellow.

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