Professor Ernst Wolvetang is leading the derivation of footprint-free induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) in Australia, with a particular focus on neuronal and cardiac disease models. He is the inaugural director of the collaborative reprogramming network Cell Reprogramming Australia and organises the only annual Australian iPSC workshop. Professor Wolvetang is a chief investigator at the Australian Research Council’s Special Research Initiative in Stem Cell Science, Stem Cells Australia and two National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grants (2013-2015).

Professor Wolvetang serves on the editorial board of six stem cell journals; is listed inventor on four patents in stem cell research; and is the recipient of more than $2.5 million in grant funding in the past five years. He is a senior reprogramming scientist in Stem Cells Ltd, chaired the Genetic Stability of Stem Cells session at the 2007 International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) conference in Cairns and organizes, among others, the Frontiers in Reprogramming conference.

Professor Wolvetang has given 25 lectures and was invited speaker at 23 platform meetings, including two keynote addresses. He spoke at the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) conference in Toronto, Canada in 2006; and the 2nd Annual World Congress of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell in Dalian, China in 2009. Professor Wolvetang organised a master-class on iPS cells at The 2nd Annual World Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Congress in Seoul, Korea in 2010.