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Accomplished neuroscientist to join CERA

Next year, CERA will welcome stem cell expert, Dr Alice Pébay.image-tools (63)

Dr Pébay completed her PhD in Neurosciences at the University Of Paris where she investigated the roles of inflammatory lipids in the interactions between neurons and glial cells.

On arriving in Australia she joined Australia’s first stem cell laboratory at Monash University where she expanded on her PhD studies. In 2007 she joined the University of Melbourne as co-head of the Stem Cell Lab.

Dr Pébay then joined the O’Brien Institute to further pursue her stem cell work.

According to Dr Pébay, she was attracted to CERA for its critical mass and numerous scientific achievements.

“CERA is regarded as one of the world’s leading eye institutes and this is evidenced by its publication output and the quality of its scientists,” Dr Pébay said.

In her role she looks forward to using stem cells to develop various types of cells for the eye.

“Developing these cells has the potential to facilitate cell replacement and could be beneficial in the screening of new therapies and better understanding eye diseases,” she said.

Dr Pébay will begin her appointment in early 2012.