Professor Marilyn Renfree
Marilyn Renfree is a reproductive and developmental biologist whose research has focussed almost entirely on marsupials because of their intrinsic interest and for the opportunities they provide as biomedical models for understanding mammalian reproduction and development. Her laboratory is known internationally for its study of marsupials that have resulted in a number of discoveries that challenged the accepted dogma in several areas including early mammalian development, physiological and molecular control of embryonic diapause, placentation, sex determination, sexual differentiation, virilisation, genomic imprinting, conservation and evolution, and even bringing a gene from the extinct Tasmanian Tiger back to life. She is an enthusiastic mentor of young scientists. She is the Ian Potter Chair of Zoology and was Head of Department at The University of Melbourne from 1991 -2003, an ARC Federation Fellow 2003-8, Deputy Director (2003-07) and Director (2008-10) of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Kangaroo Genomics and was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) on Australia Day 2013. She is a currently Laureate Professor of the University of Melbourne and was Vice President and Secretary, Biological Sciences of the Australian Academy of Science until June last year.