Finding cures for children's genetic diseases

Lab Members

We encourage applications from prospective students and postdocs.
CMRI also offers a PhD top up scholarship, which you can learn more about here.

If you are interested in studying with the Stem Cell Medicine Group, please contact Dr Anai Gonzalez Cordero directly

Dr Anai Gonzalez Cordero, Principal Investigator of the Stem Cell Medicine Lab


Grady Smith, Research Assistant
Grady completed a BMedBiotech degree graduating with Honours at the University of Wollongong in 2017 where his project involved characterising human stem cell-derived microglial-like cells. He then expanded his technique repertoire by working as a research assistant in an epigenetics laboratory before joining the Stem Cell Medicine group in October 2019. Currently, his work involves differentiating human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to retinal organoids for the study of degenerative diseases which affect the eye.  By differentiating iPSCs to various lineages, Grady also aims to increase the complexity of modelling human disease and treatments in vitro. In his spare time, he enjoys brewing mediocre beer at home.


Camile Edmilao, Research Assistant
Camile graduated with a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Macquarie University (MQU) (North Ryde) in 2019. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences with a specialization in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) (Manila) in 2015 with an undergraduate thesis involving screening for quorum quenching molecules, an alternative to antibiotics, and characterizing naturally occurring lipid based nanoparticles from novel magnetotactic bacteria. After her master’s degree, she previously worked towards repurposing self-assembling protein-based biomaterials into functional nanostructures and therapeutics as a Research Assistant at a Synthetic Biology laboratory at University of New South Wales (UNSW) (Kensington) gaining valuable technical skills in protein engineering. 
Camile joined the Stem Cell Medicine Group in 2020, bringing her cellular and molecular biology skills to the team. She is interested in utilising bioengineering strategies to improve and facilitate stem cell research. When she is not in the laboratory, she can be found outdoors camping, climbing, or hiking.