Sharon Ricardo - TC '84

After graduating from Toorak College in 1984, Sharon spent the next nine years completing a PhD in Medicine at the University of Melbourne....

After graduating from Toorak College in 1984, Sharon spent the next nine years completing a PhD in Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Her scientific pursuits then led her to further research training and an Assistant Professorship at Pennsylvania State University in the United States, focusing on the development of therapies to combat kidney disease. In 2000, after marrying and having children, Sharon returned to Australia and established her own laboratory at Monash University, where she continues to work. The laboratory focuses on the development of new stem-cell therapies to promote organ repair. Today, she also is the Associate Dean of Research Degrees at Monash University, providing leadership on all aspects of graduate student training for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Sharon’s research studies have been internationally recognised, receiving many awards, and have been published in more than seventy medical journals. They have resulted in patents enabling the development of new therapies to promote organ growth in premature babies. This year Sharon was elected into the Royal Society of Victoria, a historical society for the advancement of science, established in 1854. Sharon is actively involved in the promotion and education of science to the broader community, engaging with secondary school students, patient groups and philanthropic societies. She is an advocate for graduate students and is passionate about helping them reach their goals. This mentoring role also extends to junior faculty members. Sharon is a mentor in the Monash University Mentoring Scheme for Women, and as a successful female scientist makes an ongoing contribution towards the next generation of female leaders.

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