A/Prof Jess Frith

I am an interdisciplinary researcher, working across stem cell biology and bioengineering. The overarching theme of my research is to develop understanding of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) mechanobiology and apply this information to improve the potency, differentiation and activity of these cells. This has important applications in the development of technologies to produce and deliver high-quality MSCs and direct tissue regeneration, for example targeting musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative diseases which affect millions of people worldwide.

Since 2015, I have been a member of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University, where I lead an interdisciplinary and collaborative research group and teach into the undergraduate and post-graduate programs. Prior to this I was at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, as a postdoc and subsequently an ARC DECRA Fellow. Originally from the UK, I was awarded a PhD from the University of York in 2009 for my work on dynamic 3D cultures of MSCs.

I am passionate about bridging the gap between biology and engineering and excited about the opportunities that this brings to make impact in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. I aim to champion a collaborative and inclusive environment, produce and excite others about amazing research and promote Women in STEMM.