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Prof. Melissa Little

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Chief Investigator

Company Description: Stem Cells Australia has been established by the University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, Walter and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • University of Queensland
  • PhD , Biochemistry
    The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours
    The University of Queensland
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • PhD
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Web References
Leadership - Institute for Molecular Bioscience - The University of Queensland, Australia, 22 Mar 2015 [cached]
Professor Melissa Little
Professor Little was appointed as the Head of IMB's Genomics and Developmental Disease in 2013. She is one of a team of 14 laboratory heads and manages her own laboratory.
Professor Little completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Queensland. A Graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors, she established Nephrogenix Pty Ltd in 2001, she was a founding scientist of the Renal Regeneration Consortium and held the position of Chief Scientific Officer of the Australian Stem Cell Centre from 2007-2008.
Professor Little is currently a member of the NHMRC Research Committee and is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow.
Our Investigators, 27 Feb 2015 [cached]
Professor Melissa Little Chief Investigator
Professor Melissa Little has a long history in the field of kidney developmental biology, having associated mutations in the WT1 gene with Denys Drash syndrome and sporadic Wilms' tumour, and is a pioneer in the field of renal stem cell biology and renal regeneration. She has published over 70 international journal articles including publications in high impact journals such as Science, Nature Medicine, Nature Genetics, Cell Stem Cell and Cell Developmental Cell.
News, 13 Mar 2013 [cached]
Professor Melissa Little, McKeon Review panelist and member of Stem Cells Australia
Watch a recent presentation by Prof Melissa Little, Strategic Review of Health & Medical Research panelist and Stem Cells Australia member, where she outlines the Panel's findings. The Panel's final report was presented to the Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek, on 28 February 2013.
Senior Scientific Faculty, 12 June 2011 [cached]
Professor Melissa Little Professor Little is Group Leader of the Renal Development and Disease Laboratory at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), The University of Queensland (UQ). Her research focuses on the molecular genetics of kidney development and the causes of renal disease, with the aim of developing stem cell technology for use in kidney regeneration. She has published over 80 articles in this area. Professor Little established the Renal Regeneration Consortium, a panel of national experts that works towards developing novel strategies for kidney regeneration. A direct outcome of this initiative was the incorporation of Nephrogenix Pty Ltd, which is developing cell-based therapies for renal disease.
Throughout her career, Professor Little's achievements have been recognised by awards such as the Australian Academy of Sciences Gottschalk Medal in Medical Sciences (2004), the GlaxoSmithKline Award for Research Excellence (2005), and the Smart State Smart Women Award (2006). In 2006, she was awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, which recognised her contribution to both the commercial and academic sectors.
RRC Website - People, 11 Sept 2008 [cached]
Professor Melissa Little Founder of the RRC, Melissa is a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Group Leader in Renal Development and Disease at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland.Melissa obtained her BSc (Honours) and PhD at The University of Queensland before undertaking a postdoctoral position in Edinburgh, Scotland where she worked on WT1 mutations in Wilms' tumour and Denys-Drash syndrome.She has extensive scientific expertise in the area of cancer genetics and kidney development, with publications in prestigious journals such as Science, Nature Genetics and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA) and a number of patents.Her work in understanding kidney development and kidney disease processes forms part of the expertise that will lead to new treatments for renal disease through commercialisation by the RRC's spin off company, Nephrogenix.Melissa is the recipient of many prizes, including the Gottschalk medal and GlaxoSmithKline Award for research excellence.
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