Alberto Roselló-Díez, PhD
Group Leader

Alberto received his PhD in molecular biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) for his work in the group of Dr Miguel Torres (National Center for Cardiovascular Research), where he studied the role of cell-autonomous and nonautonomous mechanisms in early limb development in chicken and mouse.

As a postdoctoral fellow in the Joyner laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, USA), Alberto developed mouse genetic models of unilateral insults, to study regulation of limb growth. These models led to the discovery that local and systemic mechanisms interact during the response to developmental insults, giving rise to a new holistic view of organ repair, where multiple tissues interact.

In 2017 he was appointed Junior Group Leader at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His current work is centred on understanding the short- and long-range communication mechanisms that regulate growth within and between organs, during vertebrate limb development and regeneration. The laboratory started operating in June 2018.

Beyond the lab, Alberto spends some time on Twitter and also running and reading/watching geeky stuff. He also likes discovering what Melbourne and Australia have to offer, together with his wife and toddler daughter (the latter really likes to increase entropy in Alberto's office, perhaps in retribution for not taking her straight back home after childcare...)


Xinli (Cindy) Qu
Lab manager

Cindy has been at Monash since February 2007 and joined the Roselló-Díez group in May 2018 looking for new challenges. Her background and skills cover from Engineering to Applied Science and Laboratory Technology. She pays great attention to detail and works very hard to keep the lab up and running. Mouse genotyping is crucial for our work, and Cindy is extremely good at this (Alberto calls her PCR Queen, to her dismay). But she also helps with other techniques, including histology, immunohistochemistry and cell culture. She has recently started to work in a new project to follow the lineage of progenitor cells and their potential contribution to bone growth.

Outside the lab, she likes travelling, shopping around and watching her daughter play tennis. She will be a champion some day!

Jonathan G. Bensley
Postdoctoral Research Officer
Chee Ho Hng
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Santiago Beltrán Díaz
Casual Research Assistant

As a UROP scholar, Santiago developed the Basilisc script, to automatically measure bone length from micro-CT scans. He has now finished his double degree in engineering and biomed at Monash and is back at the lab to make Basilisc even better.

Jinny Chang
Honours student
Nandita Suresh
Master student
Elizabeth Marquez Garcia
Master student


Tamadher Al-Shaaili
Research in Action student

Toma is currently studying Medicine at Monash.

Tamadher Pic.jpg
Aditi Singh, BSc
Summer student

Aditi is an international student from India. She is currently doing her Masters in Biotechnology at Monash University.

Brett J. Kagan, PhD
Research Fellow

Current position: CSO of Cortical Labs.

Verónica Uribe, PhD
Research Fellow

Current position: Research Fellow in Kelly Smith's lab, at the University of Melbourne.

Thy Nguyen
Student of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program 

Thy is studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash. She joined the lab in July 2019 to study the role of the peripheral nervous system in inter-organ communication during adaptive growth regulation.

Emma Steijvers
Short-term intern

Emma arrived from the Netherlands for a 5-month internship in the lab, starting in September 2019. She studied the behaviour and interactions of candidate cell populations in response to developmental injury.