Director, Molecular Medicine Research Group, Western Sydney University, Australia, Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Australia Honorary Senior Lecturer, Save SBiography
Michael uses human pluripotent cells to model macular degeneration and cataract. He received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2005, regenerating and characterising functional ocular lenses in vitro. During postdoctoral studies in Vancouver, Canada, he identified genes related to pluripotency and played a key role in the commercial development of mTeSR1 and TeSR2 with Stem Cell Technologies. As the current President of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research he has developed a touring stem cell art exhibition, seen by over 1 million people, that stimulates public discussion on emerging stem cell therapies.