The main interest of the Bone and Muscle Cell Biology laboratory is the regulation of differentiation and activity of cells of the musculoskeletal system.

Current research includes studies on the mechanism of PAR-2-mediated inhibition of osteoclast differentiation, investigation of PAR-1-independent responses to thrombin in bone, regulation of bone cell function by Tenascins, pathophysiological mechanisms in equine dyschondroplasia and muscle hypertrophy and atrophy in commercial sheep breeds. 

We have currently established collaborative research with scientists at Monash University Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the University of Sydney Factulty of Veterinary Science, the School of Medicine (Davis, USA), the University of Umea (Sweden) and the Friedrich Miescher Institute (Basel, Switzerland).

Research Group Contact

Name and Honorifics: Professor Eleanor Mackie - Professor and Associate Dean - Academic Staff
Title: Research Leader
Ph: +61 3 8344 7360
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences - University of Melbourne


Dr Michiko Mirams - Post-doctoral Fellow
Dr Charles Pagel - Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Mrs Liliana Tatarczuch - Electron Microscopist - Research Fellow
Ms Su Toulson - Technical Officer
Dr Liz Tudor - Senior Lecturer
Dr Jason White - Lecturer in Veterinary Biochemistry

Research Students

Mr Yasser Abdelgahil - PhD Student
Mr Jason Chen - PhD student
Ms Rebecca Fitzpatrick - PhD student
Dr Merryn Hicks - MVSc student
Ms Lay Hoon Loh - PhD student
Mr Brad Morrison - PhD student
Mr Kitipong Uaesoontrachoon - PhD student
Mr David Wong - PhD Student
Ms Jin Yoo - PhD student

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