Building the bridge

It has been a hectic year so far for Alice Pebay – a promotion to full Professor and a move from Ophthalmology to become the first joint appointment between the Department of Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience in the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Alice Pebay and Andrew Kaye
L to R: Professor Alice Pebay and Professor Andrew H Kaye

Professor Pebay joined the University of Melbourne in 2007, where, together with Dr Mirella Dottori, she established the first laboratory at the University of Melbourne that routinely worked with human embryonic stem cells in the Department of Pharmacology/Centre for Neuroscience.

In 2012, after completing two years expanding her skills by working with clinician-scientists at the O’Brien Institute, she joined the Department of Ophthalmology (now part of the Department of Surgery) and CERA, to develop stem cell research for retinal disease and to continue her investigation of the roles of lipids in stem cell biology. ​

During the new year period, Professor Pebay and her team relocated to Parkville where ​they have begun working closely with Anatomy, Neuroscience and researchers in the Department of Surgery on stem cell research.