About Us



The Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology works to enhance Australian and New Zealand research in Cell and Developmental Biology and encourage international collaborations through: 

  • Forum for discussion and dissemination of latest research trends and ideas;
  • Advocacy with governmental bodies;
  • Annual awarding of the prestigious President's Medal;
  • Annual awarding of the Emerging Leader Award;
  • Convening with two other societies of the annual COMBIO; support for the Hunter Meetings, sponsored state-based and national meetings;
  • Support for international Cell and Developmental Biology meetings in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Student travel scholarships for attendance at COMBIO and collaborative research;
  • Publication of Society Newsletters;
  • Discounted subscription rates for peak Cell and Developmental Biology journals;
  • Career advancement through advertising Laboratory positions available nationally and internationally;

The Committee, Executive and Chapter Representatives
Names with contact details for all Australian States and the ACT, and New Zealand North and South Island Provinces are listed here. We encourage all members to participate by contacting the Executive and/or your local Representative with your ideas and suggestions for the growth of our Society.

The Committee of the ANZSCDB provides oversight of the Society. More...

ComBio is the Annual meeting of the ANZSCDB. It is the major biological sciences meeting in Australasia and is held in conjunction with two other academic Societies in each of the Australian States and the ACT, and in New Zealand on a rotational basis. More...

ANZSCDB Grants and Applications
ANZSCDB offers grants in support of State and Local Cell & Developmental Biology Meetings, travel scholarships for attendance at ComBio and for student exchange programs. More...

Committees and Representatives

Select a committee from below for more information.

Executive Committee



Jennifer Stow, Institute of Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland
07 3346 2034



Annemiek Beverdam



Nathan J Pavlos PhD, Associate Professor
Head Bone Biology & Disease Laboratory, School of Biomedical Sciences
 University of Western Australia
61 8 6457 2085

Past President

Sharad Kumar, Centre for Cancer Biology, UniSA
08 8222 3738


State Representatives


Julie 2017


Julie Thoms (NEW)
University of NSW 
Sophie Pageon
University of New South Wales
02 9385 2012









Erin Vaughn 

Australian National University





Srikanth Budnar (NEW)
Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Samantha Stehbens
Queensland University of Technology
07 3343 7326



Cristina Keightley (NEW)
La Trobe University
Roger Pocock
Monash Biomedicince Discovery Institute



Wiinie Kan (NEW)
Centre for Cancer Biology

Yoon Lim
Centre for Cancer Biology



Carl Mousley
Carl Mousley (NEW)
Curtin University
Yu Suk Choi
University of Western Australia
08 6488 7513


Owen Marshall Web1491350058 

Owen Marshall

Menzies Institute for Medical Research         University of Tasmania owen.marshall(at)utas.edu.au



Adele Wooley
University of Otago




Our constitution stipulates that in addition to the Executive, there is a Committee that oversees the governance of the Society. The concept of the Committee has been dealt with in various ways over the years, but the Executive has decided to invite prominent members to form 'The Committee' to provide advice, direction and participate in decision-making. I would personally like to thank those noted below for agreeing to serve in these positions and provide oversight of the Society.

Edna HardemanEdna Hardeman
Past-President, ANZSCDB
Professor, School of Medical Sciences, The University of New South Wales



aleksandraAleksandra Filipovska
The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical research & the University of WA


Professor Aleksanda Filipovska is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Research Professor. Her research interests are in the regulation of mitochondrial gene expression by RNA-binding proteins in health and disease. In addition, her research group uses next generation technologies to identify pathogenic mutations in mitochondrial genes that cause mitochondrial disease in genetically isolated populations.


Peter Currie
Professor, Deputy Director ARMI, Monash 

Research Interests: Zebrafish muscle development and evolution

A combination of genetic and embryological amenability has placed zebrafish at the forefront of attempts to understand how genes function to control vertebrate development.

The optical transparency of the zebrafish embryo provides the ability to visualise every cell in the forming embryo by simple optical inspection as well as enabling the use of a host of cell labeling and transgenic approaches to dissect embryonic development. Furthermore, the large-scale mutagenesis of the zebrafish genome has also produced many different classes of mutations that disrupt gene function. We use the many advantages of zebrafish embryology to dissect molecular mechanisms that act to pattern the vertebrate embryo. In particular, we are interested in how specific muscle cell types are determined within the developing embryo.

Joan HeathJoan Heath
A/Prof, Laboratory Head in Division of Development and Cancer, WEHI 

Research Interests: My laboratory's research is driven by the recognition that many of the dynamic processes occurring during development are also highly active or dysregulated in cancer. We use developing zebrafish to investigate processes including cell proliferation, differentiation, migration, angiogenesis and apoptosis. These cell behaviours can be easily followed and analysed in zebrafish embryos due to their external fertilisation, optical transparency and genetic tractability. Using a mutagenesis screen, we have discovered several genes that are critical for the growth and development of the rapidly proliferating zebrafish intestinal epithelium. We are now investigating whether the aberrant expression of these genes plays a role in the development of lung, liver, stomach and colon cancer. We hope these studies will enable us to propose new targets for cancer therapy.

BrettBrett Collins
Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Brett Collins is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and head of the Molecular Trafficking Lab at UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience. He was a lead investigator in the seminal structural studies of AP2, the protein adaptor molecule central to clathrin-mediated endocytosis and has since defined the molecular basis for the function of critical proteins regulating membrane trafficking and signalling at the endosome organelle. His team is now focused on understanding how discrete molecular interactions between proteins and lipids control these processes in human cells.

A/Prof Natasha Harvey
Centre for Cancer Biology 

Associate Professor Natasha Harvey is an ARC Future Fellow and Head of the Lymphatic Development Laboratory at the Centre for Cancer Biology, UniSA and SA Pathology, Adelaide, Australia. Natasha’s work aims to understand how the lymphatic vasculature is constructed during development and how this process “goes wrong” in human lymphatic vessel pathologies. Her work in this arena has been published in leading international journals including Nature Genetics, Blood, Development and Journal of Clinical Investigation. Natasha has been a member of the ANZSCDB for 12 years, served as South Australian ANZSCDB representative from 2011-13 and was recipient of the ANZSCDB Emerging Leader Award in 2013.

Prof. David James 
Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney

I am a cell biologist and systems biologist who has had the privilege and good fortune of working with many gifted people who have given me good fortune and an enjoyable career so far.  I joined the Charles Perkins Centre at Sydney University several years ago because I saw this as an exciting opportunity to explore new terrain in the area of metabolic disease.  We are now just over 2 years in and we are getting there.  Our goal is to use interdisciplinary approaches to find unimagined insights into metabolism and how it interacts with the environment.  It relies on use of multiple different omics platforms to obtain large amounts of data that describe the underlying principles of biological systems.  This is an enormously exciting time.  

Carol Wicking
University of Queensland

Associate Professor Carol Wicking is currently the Manager Strategic Research Engagement at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, the University of Queensland. Prior to this position she worked for close to 30 years in research, with a focus on using cell and developmental biology to understand the genetic and mechanistic basis of inherited diseases including cystic fibrosis, naevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome and, most recently, a class of rare diseases known as ciliopathies. 


JuliaJulia Horsfield

University of Otago

Dr Julia Horsfield is a developmental geneticist based in the Department of Pathology at the University of Otago. She leads a research group investigating the role of chromosome structure in animal development and cancer. Her specific research interest lies in cohesin proteins, which are present in all animals and important for cell division and DNA repair. Cohesin proteins’ main function is to hold replicated chromosomes together until cells divide. However, they are also involved in gene expression and this is where Julia’s research focus lies, particularly in relation to Cornelia de Lange and Roberts syndromes.