Dr Patrick Tam
Patrick Tam is the Deputy Director and Head of the Embryology Research Unit at the Children's Medical Research Institute. He is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Professor in the Discipline of Medicine, Sydney Medical School of the University of Sydney.
Professor Tam's research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of body patterning during mouse development and the biology of epiblast stem cells. He pioneered the application of micromanipulation and embryo culture for analyzing mouse embryos and examining the development of the head and embryonic gut. The embryological analysis undertaken by his team has enabled the construction of a series of fate-maps revealing the organization of the basic body plan of the early embryo. The in-depth knowledge of cell differentiation during early embryogenesis laid the foundation for directing the differentiation of stem cells into clinically useful cell types for therapy in regenerative medicine. In recognition of his research achievement, Professor Tam was awarded the President’s Medal of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Cell and Developmental Biology (2007), and elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of London.