Professor Alice Pébay AM

Congratulations to Professor Alice Pébay, who was recently appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to science, particularly through stem cell and neuroscience research.

Professor Alice Pébay is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is also a Member of the ARC College of Experts, a Director of Genetic Cures Australia, Adjunct Associate Professor of the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science, a Member of the Australasian Friedreich Ataxia Gene Therapy Clinical Trials Committee, an Affiliate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of the ASX listed company PYC Therapeutics. She has also worked as the Head of the Neuroregeneration Research Unit at the Centre for Eye Research Australia.

Alice’s research aims to use patient specific pluripotent stem cells to model neurodegenerative diseases of the eye and brain. She has a proven track record in generating iPSCs and differentiating them into various cell types for disease modelling including those affecting the central nervous system and the eye. Alice and her collaborators have pioneered the use of automation for human pluripotent stem cell research in Australia, enabling the streamlining generation and maintenance of iPSC-derived cells from hundreds of patients. Alice was awarded a National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career development Fellowship in 2012, subsequently an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2014 and is now a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. Alice is the primary inventor of three granted international patents related to stem cell technology.

Prof Alice Pebay

Professor Alice Pebay received this well-deserved award as part of the King's Birthday Honours list.

The Department of Surgery congratulates Professor Alice Pébay AM on this well-deserved recognition and recognises the wonderful achievement by Professor Alice Pébay who has contributed so deeply to her chosen field as well as contributing to the success of our department.

She is a tremendous role model for all who follow us into academia and this award in the King’s Honours list is so justly deserved.

Our best wishes and congratulations!

Prof. Peter Choong AO
Hugh Devine Professor of Surgery, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
Head, University of Melbourne Department of Surgery
Associate Dean, Innovation & Enterprise, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry & Health Science