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).
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.
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.
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.