PROF Martin Pera

PROF Martin Pera


  • Embryonic stem cells
  • Induced pluripotent stem cells
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Tissue stem cells



  • Professor Martin Pera holds the Chair of Stem Cell Sciences at: -  The University of Melbourne, Florey Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.  He is also the Program Leader of Stem Cells Australia, an ARC Special Research Initiative . He has over 25 years experience in human pluripotent stem cell research and has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications. Pera was among a small number of researchers who pioneered the isolation and characterisation of pluripotent stem cells from human germ cell tumours of the testis, work that provided an important framework for the development of human embryonic stem cells.

    His laboratory at Monash University was the second in the world to isolate embryonic stem cells from the human blastocyst, and the first to describe their differentiation into somatic cells in vitro. He has made major contributions to the understanding of human embryonic stem cell biology and has helped many trainees and collaborators to establish themselves in this area of research. He has provided extensive advice to state, national and international regulatory authorities on the scientific background to human embryonic stem cell research, and is a member of the Steering Group of the International Stem Cell Initiative. Most recently, Professor Martin Pera was Head of the Eli and Edythe Broad Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at the University of Southern California.

    Peer Reviewed Research Publications (Citations as of ISI Web of Science 21/2/14: 152 publications 7920 citations 52.11 citations per item H index 40)

    EA:   Jennifer Kendall   


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Education and training

  • BA, College of William & Mary
  • M.A., University of Oxford
  • Pharm.D., The George Washington University

Awards and honors

  • University of Queensland, Honorary Professorship, 2010
  • Honorary Appointment, Conjoint Professor, School of Psychiatry, The University of New South Wales, 2009
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, George Washington University, 2007
  • Member, The Hinxton Group, 2006
  • Sir Louis Mathieson Distinguished Visiting Professor, Monash University, 2006
  • Management Board, International Society for the Study of Differentiation, 2005
  • Senior Scientist, Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development, 1997
  • National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (U.S.), 1979


Available for supervision

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