Although for over a quarter of a century he has been known as one of the most articulate and public advocates of stem cell research in Australia, Martin Pera was actually born in the United States, in Virginia in 1951. Fascinated early on by how the brain acquires and evolves communication signals, Pera earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language from the College of William and Mary. Seeing enormous promise in the possibility of working with both the arts and sciences, Pera applied for graduate work at Oxford University and completed his M.A. degree before returning to the United States to complete a doctorate in pharmacology at George Washington University. Intrigued by the promise of oncology, Pera returned to England for postdoctoral work at the ...

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