Associate Professor Rebecca Lim is a member of the Amnion Cell Biology Research group in the The Ritchie Centre.
Areas of interest
A/Professor Rebecca Lim leads the Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapies Theme. She holds a joint appointment with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University. She has been a Chief Investigator on seven federally funded National Health and Medical Research Council grants and attracted over AU$4 million in competitive funding since 2010. She is a CI on two registered cell therapy clinical trials where her basic scientific research is being translated to the bedside. Her research is focused on translating discoveries around regenerative medicine and cell therapies to clinically useful outcomes.
In recent years, her team has uncovered key immunological events that are critical to the success of amnion cell mediated lung repair in the settings of adult and neonatal lung disease. A/Prof Lim’s team has shown that amnion cells trigger endogenous repair processes by activating the adult stem cell niches and recruiting distal progenitor sites to the area of injury to aid repair. She is interested in the impact of ageing on endogenous stem cells and how they interact with the innate immune system during injury and wound healing.
Her work has recently extended into the area of extracellular vesicle research where she is investigating the regenerative potential of stem cell derived exosomes. She is an inventor on two patents in this area. Her work has been showcased at the BIO SPARK Showcase in 2016 and has been attracting significant investor interest.