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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.

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 → …

Member of International Xenografting Consortium - Endocrinology & Metabolism, Movember Global Action Plan


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


Convenor of Program Committee, The Endocrine Society of 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 & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


External Reviewer, Australia - India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF)


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


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

2011 → …

External Reviewer, The Foundation Daw Park Grants For Medical Research; Repatriation General Hospital, South Australia


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 & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


External Reviewer, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

2008 → …

External Reviewer, National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

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- Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences


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


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



  • 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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Projects 2003 2020

Research Output 1997 2018

Enduring epigenetic landmarks define the cancer microenvironment

Pidsley, R. , Lawrence, M. G. , Zotenko, E. , Niranjan, B. , Statham, A. , Song, J. , Chabanon, R. M. , Qu, W. , Wang, H. , Richards, M. , Nair, S. S. , Armstrong, N. , Nim, H. T. , Papargiris, M. , Balanathan, P. , French, H. , Peters, T. , Norden, S. , Ryan, A. , Pedersen, J. & 9 others Kench, J. G., Daly, R. J., Horvath, L., Stricker, P., Frydenberg, M., Taylor, R. A., Stirzaker, C., Risbridger, G. P. & Clark, S. J. May 2018 In : Genome Research. 25, 5, p. 625-638 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intraductal carcinoma of the prostate can evade androgen-deprivation, with emergence of castrate tolerant cells

Porter, L. H., Hashimoto, K., Lawrence, M. G., Pezaro, C., Clouston, D., Wang, H., Papargiris, M., Thorne, H., Li, J., Investigators, K., Ryan, A., Norden, S., Moon, D., Bolton, D. M., Sengupta, S., Frydenberg, M., Murphy, D. G., Risbridger, G. P. & Taylor, R. A. Jun 2018 In : BJU International. 121, 6, p. 971-978 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A rare castration-resistant progenitor cell population is highly enriched in Pten-null prostate tumours

Sackmann Sala, L., Boutillon, F., Menara, G., De Goyon-Pélard, A., Leprévost, M., Codzamanian, J., Lister, N., Pencik, J., Clark, A., Cagnard, N., Bole-Feysot, C., Moriggl, R., Risbridger, G. P., Taylor, R. A., Kenner, L., Guidotti, J. E. & Goffin, V. Sep 2017 In : Journal of Pathology. 243, 1, p. 51-64 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Germline BRCA2 mutations drive prostate cancers with distinct evolutionary trajectories

Taylor, R. A. , Fraser, M. , Livingstone, J. , Espiritu, S. M. G. , Thorne, H. , Huang, V. , Lo, W. , Shiah, Y-J. , Yamaguchi, T. N. , Sliwinski, A. , Horsburgh, S. , Meng, A. , Heisler, L. E. , Yu, N. , Yousif, F. , Papargiris, M. , Lawrence, M. G. , Timms, L. , Murphy, D. G. , Frydenberg, M. & 8 others Hopkins, J. F., Bolton, D., Clouston, D., McPherson, J. D., Van Der Kwast, T., Boutros, P. C., Risbridger, G. P. & Bristow, R. G. 9 Jan 2017 In : Nature Communications. 8, 10 p., 13671

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Advancing Women’s Success Grant

Renea Anne Taylor (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Australian Postgraduate Award

Renea Anne Taylor (Recipient), 1998

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Grisha Sklovsky Memorial Prize

Renea Anne Taylor (Recipient), 2002

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Inaugural Monash University Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Renea Anne Taylor (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)