Simone Schoenwaelder is an Associate Professor (Research) at the Heart Research Institute and Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney (NSW), Associate Director of Research Management and Education of the Heart Research Institute, Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University (Victoria), and President of the Australian Vascular Biology Society.
Born in Melbourne, Simone completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in 1992, receiving first class honours at Monash University in Victoria. This was followed by doctoral studies at Monash University. Following the completion of her Ph.D. in 1996, she spent several postdoctoral years at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (USA) as an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, in the laboratory of Professor Keith Burridge. During her time in the USA, Simone was awarded “Young Australian of the Year in Science and Technology” in her state of Victoria in 1997, and selected as a national finalist as “young Australian of the year for Science and Technology”. Upon completion of her postdoctoral studies in 1999, Simone returned to Australia as an NHMRC RD Wright and Monash University Logan Research Fellow, joining the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD).
In 2015, Simone relocated to her current position at the Heart Research Institute and University of Sydney, NSW.