Caroline E Gargett
Associate Professor Caroline Gargett obtained her PhD in 1997 and joined the Centre for Women’s Health Research at MIMR as a postdoctoral scientist. She is a Deputy Director in The Ritchie Centre, a member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University and a National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow (2013-17).
In 2002 Associate Professor Gargett pioneered Endometrial Stem Cell Research and established an independent group in 2004. Her group published the very first papers describing the discovery of adult stem cells in the endometrium, the highly regenerative uterine lining. Her research characterises endometrial stem/progenitor cells and examines their role in endometriosis and endometrial cancer. She leads a collaborative project with CSIRO Materials Science Engineering to investigate the use of endometrial mesenchymal stem cells for a tissue engineering application in pelvic floor prolapse surgery. Her research findings are promising for the development of potential therapeutics.
Associate Professor Gargett has secured funding from NHMRC since 2004, with two new project grants commencing in 2012 and an RD Wright Career Development Award (2007-11), and also from the Australian Stem Cell Centre, Cancer Council Victoria, Therapeutic Innovations Australia, and other organisations.
Associate Professor Gargett has received numerous national and international awards, including from the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (2005), the Endometriosis Foundation of America (2011) and the Society for Reproductive Biology (2011). Associate Professor Gargett’s research featured in NHMRC’s publication “10 of the Best Research Projects 2008” and has received widespread publicity in Australia and internationally. She is frequently invited to give presentations at international conferences.
Associate Professor Gargett convenes the Human Reproduction Module in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course at Monash University, is on the Editorial Board of Fertility and Sterility and Reproductive Sciences, and been Associate Editor for Human Reproduction. She is President of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research and been Secretary for the Society for Reproductive Biology
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