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Dr Georgia Kafer

PhD(Physiology) UQ, GradCert(Higher Education) UQ

  • Lecturer, Biomedical Science
+61 7 5456 3146
Office location
Moreton Bay

Dr. Georgia Kafer joined USC in February 2021 and is based at the Moreton Bay campus. Georgia is a scientist with a genuine passion for research and tertiary education and is an academic that enjoys public speaking and community outreach. Georgia’s research is showcased by my numerous awards including the Australia and New Zealand Placental Research Association (ANZPRA) New Investigator Award (2011) and a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship (2012-2014).

Georgia earned her PhD in Physiology through The University of Queensland (UQ) and in association with CSIRO Livestock Industries in 2011. Georgia previously held an Associate Lecturer appointment within the School of Biomedical Sciences at UQ and has undertaken extensive research abroad at Kyoto University in Japan. Prior to her appointment at USC, Georgia worked as a Research Associate at the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) in Sydney where she was also an ambassador for the Jeans for Genes charity.

Georgia has published scientific discoveries which encompass fields such as embryology, reproductive biology and pathophysiology, human stem cell biology, epigenetics and cancer biology. Georgia has published these findings across both interdisciplinary journals such as Nature (2021), Journal of Cell Science (2020) and Cell Reports (2016) and field-specific journals such as Placenta (2015), Cellular Reprogramming (2011) and Biology of Reproduction (2010). At USC, Georgia’s research focuses on using stem cells to generate in vitro 3-dimensional models of difficult to access human organs such as the developing placenta. Georgia very much enjoys collaborative research and is always on the hunt for new productive and creative research partnerships.

Georgia is also a skilled and formally trained educator. Georgia has over 10 years of tertiary education experience in content delivery, content creation and the design and management of university level courses. Georgia has also designed, conducted, and published pedagogical research (Journal of College Teaching (2015)). Georgia welcomes inquiries from both undergraduate and postgraduate students looking to pursue research relating to stem cell biology and in vitro organ modelling.

Professional Memberships 

  • Australian and New Zealand Placental Research Association (ANZPRA)
  • The Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB) Australia
  • Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (AMMS)
  • Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (ANZSCDB)


  • Y.W. Charlie Loke New Investigator Travel Award, International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA) (2012)
  • Australia and New Zealand Placental Research Association (ANZPRA) New Investigator Award (2011)
  • RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology (CDB) Travel Fellowship (2011)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (2007 – 2010)
  • CSIRO PhD Scholarship (2007 – 2010)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship (2012 – 2014)

Professional Social Media

Research areas

  • stem cell biology
  • placental biology
  • regenerative medicine

Teaching areas

  • Human physiology
  • Molecular cell biology
  • Reproductive biology
  • Embryology and developmental biology
  • Stem cell biology

Research Publications

  • Kafer GR, Cesare AJ. A Survey of Essential Genome Stability Genes Reveals That Replication Stress Mitigation Is Critical for Peri-Implantation Embryogenesis. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2020 May 29;8:416. doi: 10.3389/fcell.2020.00416. PMID: 32548123; PMCID: PMC7274024. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32548123/
  • Kafer GR, Tanaka Y, Rillo-Bohn R, Shimizu E, Hasegawa K, Carlton PM. Sequential peripheral enrichment of H2A.Zac and H3K9me2 during trophoblast differentiation in human embryonic stem cells. J Cell Sci. 2020 Nov 16;133(24):jcs245282. doi: 10.1242/jcs.245282. PMID: 33199519. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33199519/
  • Kafer GR, Li X, Horii T, Suetake I, Tajima S, Hatada I, Carlton PM. 5-Hydroxymethylcytosine Marks Sites of DNA Damage and Promotes Genome Stability. Cell Rep. 2016 Feb 16;14(6):1283-1292. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.01.035. Epub 2016 Feb 4. PMID: 26854228. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26854228/
  • Ruis P, Van Ly D, Borel V, Kafer GR, McCarthy A, Howell S, Blassberg R, Snijders AP, Briscoe J, Niakan KK, Marzec P, Cesare AJ, Boulton SJ. TRF2-independent chromosome end protection during pluripotency. Nature. 2021 Jan;589(7840):103-109. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2960-y. Epub 2020 Nov 25. PMID: 33239783. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33239783/
  • Kafer GR, Lehnert SA, Pantaleon M, Kaye PL, Moser RJ. Expression of genes coding for histone variants and histone-associated proteins in pluripotent stem cells and mouse preimplantation embryos. Gene Expr Patterns. 2010 Sep;10(6):299-305. doi: 10.1016/j.gep.2010.06.003. Epub 2010 Jun 19. PMID: 20601166. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20601166/

Dr. Georgia Kafer’s specialist areas of knowledge include human physiology, Molecular cell biology, reproductive biology, embryology and developmental biology and her special passion - stem cell biology.

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