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Technological advances


Professor Ernst Wolvetang

Senior Group Leader, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland

Professor Wolvetang is an international leader in pluripotent stem cell biology and human functional genomics. He initiated and leads Cell Reprogramming Australia, a collaborative framework that facilitates induced pluripotent stem cell research in Australia and is co-director of the UQ Centre in Stem Cell Ageing and Regenerative Engineering (StemCARE). Professor Wolvetang has extensive expertise in reprogramming somatic cells, differentiation and tissue engineering with adult, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells, genome manipulation with CRISPR, molecular biology, transcriptome analysis, high content image analysis, development and use of microfluidic devices for cell analysis, nanoparticle and scaffold design and delivery, and stem cell and cell-free regenerative medicine approaches.

Dr Aideen McInerney-Leo

Senior Research Fellow, Frazer Institute, The University of Queensland

Aideen is a clinician-academic whose interactions with patients have shaped her research questions and fuelled her enthusiasm for the importance of clinical research. She trained as a genetic counsellor and her research now focuses on the integration of genomics into clinical care. Aideen’s research program has had three primary themes: evaluating the psychosocial impact of genetic conditions and/or genetic testing; evaluating genetics education preferences for patients and healthcare providers; and using next-generation sequencing to increase diagnostic yield for rare disorders.

Genetic testing


Human rights


Professor Tamara Walsh

Professor and Director, ProBono Centre, School of Law, The University of Queensland

Tamara Walsh is a Professor of Law and Director of the UQ Pro Bono Centre. She has degrees in both Law and Social Work, and her interest is in social welfare law and human rights. Her research examines the impact of the law on vulnerable people including children and young people, people experiencing homelessness, people on low incomes, people with disabilities, mothers, and carers. Her research has spanned 20 years and has been widely published, both in Australia and internationally.

Honorary Professor Andrew Crowden

Honorary Professor in Philosophy, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland

Andrew Crowden is Honorary Professor in Philosophy at The University of Queensland’s School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry and an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) where he is Chairperson of the Human Research Ethics Committee. He is Chairperson of the University of Queensland Ethics Advisory Group (UQEAG), an Executive member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Ethics Committee and a member of CSIRO’s Australian Health Biobank Advisory Group.

Ethics and genomics