DR Marguerite Evans-Galea

DR Marguerite Evans-Galea


  • Cell and gene therapies for genetic disease. (gene correction, epigenetics, DNA methylation)



  • Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea is a scientist, executive and entrepreneur. Dr Evans-Galea is Executive Director of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and co-founder and CEO of Women in STEMM Australia. With a PhD in molecular biology and almost 20 years experience leading international research programs in cell and gene therapy for genetic disease at world-leading organisations in the United States and Australia, Dr Evans-Galea has received numerous awards for her research and leadership. She currently serves on the ARC Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics Advisory Board and Chairs the CNBP Nurturing Environment Committee. She is also the Australasian Associate Editor on the Editorial Board with Gene Therapy-Springer Nature. An internationally recognised advocate for women in STEMM, Dr Evans-Galea co-chairs the Women in STEMM Australia Board and served on the Science in Australia Gender Equity Expert Advisory Group. She also serves on the inaugural Ministerial Council for Women’s Equality in Victoria, and is an Ambassador for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and Scienceworks Museum. Dr Evans-Galea has also represented Australia at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women in STEMM meetings. A renowned advocate for STEMM research, education and innovation, Dr Evans-Galea has served with advisory groups in State and Federal government, and communicates on a range of science-related topics via social and mainstream media. An independent consultant, speaker, editor and peer reviewer, Dr Evans-Galea is actively engaged across multiple professional sectors in the broader STEMM ecosystem.   


Member of

  • Australasian Gene and Cell Therapy Society. Active Member 2003 -
  • American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy, USA. Active Member, International 2001 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Funding
    1. Project Grant, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia; Chief Investigator B, 2013-2015
    2. New Investigator Project Grant, Friedreich Ataxia Research Alliance, USA; Principal Investigator 2009-2011
    3. Project Grant, Friedreich Ataxia Research Association, Australasia; Principal Investigator, 2009-2011
    4. Project Grant, Australian Rotary Health Research Fund, Australia; Principal Investigator, 2009-2011
    5. Project Grant, Collier Charitable Fund, Australia; Principal Investigator, 2011
    6. Project Grant, Friedreich Ataxia Research Association, Australasia; Co-Investigator, 2009-2010

    To all who supported this research and the Bruce Lefroy Centre at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute through generous donations, volunteering and/or participation in our ethically approved research projects - thank you.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of New South Wales 1999
  • PGDipSc, The University of Queensland 1993
  • BMus, The University of Queensland 1992
  • BSc, The University of Queensland 1992

Awards and honors

  • Member, Order of Australia (AM), 2019
  • Inductee, Victorian Honour Roll of Women, Victorian Government, 2017
  • Travel Award, International Ataxia Research Conference, UK, 2015
  • First Prize, Health Hack for Medical Research, Australia, 2014
  • Australian Leadership Award, ADC Forum, 2013
  • Travel Award, High Flyers Think Tank, Australian Academy of Science, 2012
  • Travel Award, Ataxia Investigators Meeting, National Ataxia Foundation, USA, 2012
  • Travel Award, Internatonal Friedreich Ataxia Conference, France, 2011
  • Leadership Award, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, 2010
  • New Investigator Award, Friedreich Ataxia Research Alliance, USA, 2009
  • Young Investigator Award, Australasian Gene Therapy Society, Australia, 2009
  • Travel Award, American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy, USA, 2006



Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Evans-Galea regularly mentors Honours, PhD students and Faculty members. She encourages students to develop a team of mentors across a range of professional sectors in academia and industry who can provide advice and guidance throughout their career.