Michelle Lazarus

Assoc Professor

  • Clayton Campus, 10 Chancellors Walk

    3800 Clayton


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Personal profile


Associate Professor Michelle Lazarus serves as the Director of the Monash Centre for Human Anatomy Education (CHAE) and Deputy Head of Department (Education) for Anatomy & Developmental Biology within the Biomedical Discovery Institute.  Additionally, she is the Curriculum Integration Network lead within the Monash Centre Scholarship in Health Education (MCSHE) as well as a Monash Education Academy Fellow, anatomy education discipline lead within the medical curriculum, and a core member of the General Surgical Science Examination Board for Royal Australian College of Surgeons. 

In addition to her leadership roles, she is passionate about evidence-based education.  Her research group explores ways of improving basic science teaching to enhance students’ professional identity and role development, as well as knowledge competency.  Her work focuses on integration of psychosocial skills (medical ethics, professionalism, uncertainty tolerance and clinical skills) within core coursework.

Her recent work explores the role of uncertainty within healthcare science education, challenging A/Prof’s Lazarus’s own tolerance of uncertainty (an academic irony).  Within her active and dynamic research group, she supervises multiple higher degree students and honours students. Michelle is an award winning educator and teaches extensively into the medical anatomy program.  In addition to her teaching awards, she is the recipient of multiple education research grants and travel grants, and runs workshops to help other academics starting their education research pathways. Her research approach is collaborative and team-based, with many of her research funding coming through partnerships both locally and internationally.

In addition to her research and teaching endeavours, she develops innovative curricula and empowers others to do the same. An example of her curricular innovations include her curated monthly science literacy podcast accessible through www.AskAnatomist.com which focuses on the anatomy underpinning medically interesting topics through a multi-disciplinary lens, as well as internationally renowned and utilized medical imaging tutorials. A/Prof. Lazarus is passionate about all things education, and works to inspire others. She is well known for asking questions, and she values exploring others' queries in both teaching and research.


Research interests

  • Anatomy Education
  • Higher Eduation
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Healthcare Education
  • Mixed Methods
  • Uncertainty Tolerance
  • Professional Identity

Monash teaching commitment

  • Undergraduate Medical Anatomy
  • Developmental Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Committee Member, American Association of Anatomists

Committee Member, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

Research area keywords

  • Anatomy
  • Medical Education
  • Medical
  • Education
  • Ambiguity
  • Qualitative

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