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2022 Laureate Profile: Professor Michael Stumpf

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Professor Michael Stumpf

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Administering Organisation: The University of Melbourne

Fellowship Project Summary

FL220100005 – CellMaps for cell fate decision making systems

Biotechnology uses biological processes to produce products such as medical vaccines, yoghurt, alcohols and even bread. This project aims to improve the industrial biological processes used to make these products. Improving biotechnology applications in science, agriculture and medicine can enhance the efficiency, yield and purity of valuable products made by biological processes. Improvements could be achieved by being able to predict conditions that control cell functions, such as temperature, pH levels, and molecular environment. Professor Stumpf will develop refined mathematical models of these biological processes to investigate how they operate and enable prediction of different conditions that will enhance the overall process and achieve scientific and commercial benefits. These models will assist the Australian biotechnology sector to create new products more rapidly and more efficiently. The Laureate will increase knowledge in mathematics and biosciences, bringing these disciplines closer together, developing new skills and building workforce capacity that will strengthen Australia’s reputation as a world-leader in mathematical biology.

Australian Research Council funding: $3,350,000

Find out more information about Professor Michael Stumpf and their research areas of interest to date by visiting their profile page here: Michael Stumpf | Melbourne Mathematical Biology (

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships page.

Image credit: The University of Melbourne

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