Dr Michael Piper
The University of Queensland
Michael’s research aims to identify how the brain, with its complex network of neurons, develops from a simple sheet of unspecialised stem cells within the embryo. His research shows that the processes involved in controlling stem cell development in the embryo are the same as those that are mis-regulated during cancer formation. This research is relevant to society at large as it is enabling us to understand how the brain forms during development and what might go wrong in diseases of the brain.