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Dr Renea Taylor is a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in the Department of Physiology and Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University. She graduated with a PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology in 2003 at Monash University and completed her postdoctoral training in Stem Cell Biology at the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories. She pursued her research interest in hormone-dependent cancer, specialising in prostate cancer. The focus of her research program is the hormonal regulation of prostate stem cells and their interaction with the tumour microenvironment. More recently, Dr Taylor’s team has focused on elucidating the endocrine and metabolic changes that occur in obesity that may contribute to prostate cancer disease progression. She has established a translational approach to her research, developing and applying clinically relevant models to study prostate cancer, in collaboration with urology, pathology and oncology colleagues. In her academic role at Monash University, she is committed to training the future research scientists in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses and is a particular advocate for young women. She plays a key role in science communication and dedicates significant time to the promotion of prostate cancer awareness in the community.

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

External positions

Chair, Research Committee, Australian Prostate Cancer Bio-Resource


Editorial Board, American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology & Metabolism

2017 → …

Convenor, 2nd Australian Cancer and Metabolism Meeting


Executive Member, Australian Prostate Cancer Bio-Resource


Chair - Open Day Committee (Dept of Physiology)

2016 → …

Convenor of Program Committee, Endocrine Society of Australia


Member of International Xenografting Consortium - Endocrinology & Metabolism, Movember Foundation


Grant Review Panel Member - Cancer Biology Panel 5C, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Australia)


Editorial Board, The Prostate

2016 → …

Member of the Academic Progress Committee, Monash University

2015 → …

Grant Review Panel Member - Cancer Biology Panel 1E, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Australia)


External Reviewer, AISRF - Australia India Strategic Research Fund


Grant Review Panel Member - Cancer Biology Panel 1E, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Australia)


Member of Review Panel, Melbourne Health Expert Scientific (BioGrid, Victoria)

2011 → …

External Reviewer, Repat Foundation Incorporated (trading as Foundation Daw Park Inc)


External Reviewer, American Institute for Biological Sciences (AIBS), New York


Grant Review Committee Member, Cancer Australia


Convenor, Seminar Series, MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research


Grant Review Panel Member - Cancer Biology Panel 1D, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Australia)


External Reviewer, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

2008 → …

External Reviewer, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Australia)

2007 → …

Member - Early Careers Innovators Network, Victorian Cancer Agency


Member, Australian Prostate Cancer Bio-Resource


Victorian Board Member, Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)


Member - Student Open Day Committee, Monash University


Student Member, Monash University


Student Liason for Monash Institute of Reproduction & Development, Monash Postgraduate Association


Student Representative - Postgraduate Student Committee, Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development, Monash University


Research area keywords

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Stem Cells
  • Tumour Microenvironment
  • cancer
  • stromal cells
  • experimental models
  • immune-deficient models
  • stem cell-microenvironment interactions
  • tissue-specific stem cells
  • embryonic stem cells
  • exper
  • castration
  • steroid receptors
  • selective estrogen receptor modulators
  • cell cell interaction
  • stromal epithelial signaling
  • reproductive and developmental biology
  • stem ce
  • ex vivo culture
  • hsp90 inhibitors
  • human explants
  • proliferation
  • prostate cancer
  • xenografting
  • tissue recombination
  • immuno-compromised mice
  • stromal niche
  • prostate
  • stem cell differentiation
  • stem cell research
  • adult
  • tissue culture
  • androgen receptor
  • stem cells
  • urogenital sinus mesenchyme epithelium induction differentiation recombinant surothelium secretion e


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