Dr Jarmon Lees (Post-doctoral Fellow)

Research Unit

Cardiac regeneration


Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Honourary Fellow, University of Melbourne
Email: [email protected] | [email protected]

Professional Experience

2019    Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne
2018    Post-doctoral Research Officer, SVI
2018    Research Assistant, University of Melbourne
2017    PhD, University of Melbourne
2013    MSc, University of Melbourne
2011    BSc, University of Melbourne
2011    DipLang (French), University of Melbourne


2019    National Ataxia Foundation Young Investigator Award
2019    The CASS Foundation Medical Research Grant
2019    St Vincent’s Hospital Research Endowment Fund Grant, St Vincent’s
2019    Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research ECR Oral Award
2019    Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery Senior Medical Staff Best Poster
2019    FameLab Victorian Finalist
2016    Alfred Nicholas Fellowship Award, University of Melbourne
2016    F.H Drummond Travel Award, University of Melbourne
2016    Science Abroad Travelling Scholarship, University of Melbourne
2016    University of Melbourne 3-Minute Thesis competition – Grand finalist
2015    University of Melbourne 3-Minute Thesis competition – Grand finalist
2014    Australian Post Graduate Award (APA) for PhD study
2014    Jasper Loftus-Hills Award, University of Melbourne

Research Interests

Stem cell derived organoid models, human induced pluripotent stem cell differentiation, sympathetic neurons, endothelial cells, cardiomyocytes, Friedreich’s ataxia associated cardiomyopathy, stem cell metabolism.

Selected Publications

  1. Lees, J. G., Gardner, D. K. & Harvey, A. J. (2020). NAD+ induces a bivalent metabolism and maintains pluripotency in human embryonic stem cells. Stem Cells. 2020; 1-15.
  2. Lees, J. G., Kong, A. M., Chen, Y. C., Sivakumaran, P., Hernández, D., Pébay, A., Harvey, A. J., Gardner, D. K., Lim, S. Y. (2019). Mitochondrial fusion by M1 promotes embryoid body cardiac differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells.  Stem Cells International. 2019: 12, Article ID 6380135.
  3. Lees, J. G., Cliff, T. S., Gammilonghi, A., Ryall, J. G., Dalton, S., Gardner., D. K., Harvey, A. J. (2019). Oxygen regulates human pluripotent stem cell metabolic flux. Stem Cells International, 2019: 17, Article ID 8195614
  4. Kong, A. M., Yap, K. K., Lim, S. Y., Marre, D., Pébay, A., Gerrand, Y. W., Lees, J. G., Palmer, J. A., Morrison, W. A. and Mitchell, G. M. (2019). Bio-engineering a tissue flap utilizing a porous scaffold incorporating a human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived endothelial cell capillary network connected to a vascular pedicle. Acta biomaterialia, 94, 281-294.
  5. Lees, J. G., Gardner, D. K. & Harvey, A. J. (2018). Mitochondrial and glycolytic remodeling during nascent neural differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells. Development, 145(20), dev168997.
  6. Lees, J. G., Gardner, D. K. & Harvey, A. J. (2017). Pluripotent stem cell metabolism and mitochondria: beyond ATP. Stem Cells International, 2017: 17.
  7. Lees, J. G., Rathjen, J., Sheedy, J. R., Gardner, D. K., & Harvey, A. J. (2015). Distinct profiles of human embryonic stem cell metabolism and mitochondria identified by oxygen. Reproduction, 150(4), 367-382.