We would like to give you the opportunity to share your condolences and honour Michelle's incredible legacy.
If you wish, share memories, thoughts and messages below.
Dear friend and old neighbor. Truly loved and missed.
- Mark and Tish Brown
We would just like to say “thank you” to Michelle for the insightful conversations we shared and for her amazing work in the field of embryology.
We will remember Michelle’s smile on her face when she spoke about her family . Truly a dedicated lady.
- Julie, Sonia & Amela
Michelle, at work and life in general was a force to be reckoned with! She was always looking for ways to improve how we worked and how we lived; always up for a hearty discussion about our families or cricket; willing to spend time explaining to me in layman’s terms a complex scientific finding, or the strategic reasoning behind a decision that she was fighting for – if she didn’t have the time, she would remember later and we would pick up where we left off: despite ALL Michelle had going on in her life! I always marveled at how much passion Michelle put into every single aspect of her life; she was a complex, passionate, hardworking and inspiring woman. My deepest condolences to all of Michelle’s family especially Glen, Jack and Will. Michelle, you are missed but never forgotten. xxx
- Anne Salotti
I had seen how Michelle changed the way embryos were cultured, and more recently I had the pleasure of working with her on some clinical trials and projects. I was really excited to see of some of these projects and her work generally would once again have a major impact on clinical IVF. It is such a pity that the community lost such a warm and dedicated scientist prematurely.
- Marcus Hedenskog
I had seen Michelle change the way that the world cultures embryos and more recently I had the pleasure of working with Michelle on a few interesting clinical trials and projects. I was very much looking forward to what was to come not only from these projects but more broadly on how her work once again would change IVF generally. These initiatives will for sure continue to influence and define the future of IVF but it is a pity that the community lost such a warm and dedicated person prematurely.
- Marcus Hedenskog
I had the privilege of hearing Michelle present talks with stunning conviction and clarity on several occasions, and only met her once, although I knew, and was in awe of, her work.
As a curious young embryologist in the UK, I remember reading Michelle’s scientific papers with amazement and respect: her research was so relevant, the knowledge and information gained so valuable to our field. Meeting her at last, I was struck by how direct and down to earth she was, her laser-sharp gaze matching her concise communication of complicated information.
The world of science was a richer place for Michelle being in it, and it is so sad to think that such a brilliant light has gone out. Thank you Michelle.
- Jen Krapez
Michele you were one awesome person. Working with you as we bought Repromed from the University of Adelaide and powered ahead with you leading the best lab in the country was an an unforgettable experience. The knowledge that came from the research lab you led resulted in positive advances to our patient journey and outcomes. We are privileged to be grandparents to a beautiful baby girl conceived in our lab using technology developed by you and the team, Aria Isabella born on the day we farewelled you. I so appreciated the relationship we had and will always miss you and never forget your outstanding contribution to our field. Fly high my friend. You fought as hard as you could. Rest easy Mich xxx
- Christine Kirby
From when we first met in early 2017, Michelle became my supervisor, mentor, role model and friend. Her passion and enthusiasm for her work was contagious, her work ethic was admirable and it was easy to see how she achieved all that she did- by working hard and doing what she loved. She challenged, supported and believed in me until the very end and for that I will be forever grateful. I’m honoured to have known such an incredible scientist and such a genuine, warm and caring person. In just a few years she had such a positive impact on my life. Thank you so, so much Michelle.
- Victoria Nikitaras
To even begin writing this brings me sadness beyond words. My story of how Michelle came into my life begins with her greatest love, her boys. It took one phone conversation without having even met me for Michelle to ask me if I could start working with her the next day. I was shocked that someone would want to offer me an opportunity knowing so little about me. At that time I was naive in not being aware of the enormity of her influence on the IVF world. I wasn’t long before reality hit, that having this tough, incredible woman in my life, I was the lucky one. Michelle and I not only worked side by side for many years, she became someone in my life that will be forever irreplaceable. Our working relationship became a sharing of our passions, tears, good moments, tough moments, but above all…love for our children. Michelle demanded only the best from me, and so rightly she should have. Faith, in my best self, is what Michelle Lane had. I will be eternally grateful for the impact this great woman had not only my career but my values, and what I should demand of myself. Michelle, you were always five steps ahead of me, everything you did was for a reason, and I was in awe of you every time I caught up and everything became clear. In this moment, I didn’t catch up and I will forever and always feel 5 steps behind without you. You are an irreplaceable force that will now always be missing. I can only hope that I do you proud and your legacy will live on for generations to come.
- Francesca Bell
It was such an honour to work with Michelle at Repromed! She was so knowledgeable and yet able to convey this knowledge in such a way that it was very easy to learn from her.
Rest assured that she will never be forgotten. The world has lost an amazing woman but will never lose the incredible impact that she has made in terms of improving knowledge and treatments in the the field of ART, and consequently the chances of success for so many people using fertility services.
A remarkable woman lost far too soon. I send my deepest condolences to her family.
- Angela McLean
I first met Michelle when she was doing her PhD at Monash. Since that time I have come across her over the years infrequently, but she always knew who I was and greeted me as an old friend. I really admired her enormous intellect but I also found her to be hilariously funny and witty. She was warm, friendly, so interesting and interested. A great loss.
- Sue Breheny
Michelle was a trailblazer in her field with a passion for life. I fondly remember our regular chats which predominantly centred around her love for her family. She was tremendously proud of her boys and Glen. Rest peacefully Michelle.
- Helen Crawford
I am not a scientist, just an admin but I did have many conversations with Michelle. She was so smart. When my daughter had a bit of a health hiccup, I spoke to Michelle and she knew exactly what was going on and what we needed to do. She cared. She was amazing. Extremely passionate and extremely confident in her life work. The world has lost an absolute legend. Vale Michelle
- Alice Petersen
What always struck me about Michelle was her drive and incredible knowledge, derived from her many years of quality research and industry interaction. For a scientist, her commercial acumen was amazing and it was revealing to me the extent that suppliers of the industry were genuinely shocked and saddened by the news of her passing. Some of those affected have known her very well over very many years and underlined what a titan of the field Michelle was the and special legacy Michelle built through her too-brief years. It was inspiring to be around her because of her confidence and leadership. It is a measure of a person's influence by understanding how many professional's lives she has touched, mentored and grown. The same can be said for what her research has contributed to what patients now experience.
We will remember her sense of purpose, the 'must-do' attitude and her humour.
Michelle is greatly missed.
- Jon Youings
I only had the privilege of spending a few days with Michelle a few years ago, however I walked away feeling inspired and excited about the Scientific direction we were heading in. Michelle was also very generous in providing support and education whenever she could, and I remember taking away with some “gems” after her visit to our laboratory.
It’s so hard to believe she is no longer with us, and all of us in the Albury Laboratory pass on our deepest condolences to her family and friends.
- Benjamin Smith
We have all lost a truly great global scientific innovator who was dedicated to her family and ensuring the world is a better place through her contribution. Michelle provided greater opportunities for people throughout the world to have a better chance at creating and extending their families.
But it’s more than that, Michelle was an inspiring executive, colleague and friend who possessed extreme courage, drive and loyalty to positively impact all of those around her.
We at the Monash IVF Group will miss Michelle dearly and will long to ensure that all Michelle has brought to us will live in us, as we will strive to carry forward her incredible legacy into the future.
Personally, I am so proud to have been a small part of Michelle’s life. She has given me courage and inspiration to be a better person and leader into the future.
My deepest sympathy to Michelle’s family and in particular Glen, Jack & Will.
We are all missing you Michelle!
- Michael Knaap
How can I begin to describe the impact that Michelle had on science and the world of assisted reproductive technology. As I think about the list of her accomplishments spanning her 30 year career, the number of papers she published, her inventions that have revolutionised the field of IVF, the scientists that she has mentored and inspired as well as her research that has increased our knowledge of infertility and reproductive biology it is evident that Michelle is a true science rock-star and her name is and will continue to be legendary in our field.
I first met Michelle when I was in my early 20’s and I was completely in awe of this young, strong female scientist who was so passionate, enthusiastic and excited about her work. She talked to me about the beauty of the preimplantation embryo and the importance of the field of IVF. Michelle embodied everything I though a scientist should be, which is why I immediately joined her research team. Michelle had an unparalleled commitment to identifying and mentoring the next generation of scientists. The number she took under her wing is huge and she fostered in us all a dedication to being the best at what we do and to always put the patient at the forefront of our minds, because to her, helping couples achieve their dream of having a family was the driving motivator of her commitment to the field of IVF. To Michelle, family was the most important thing in the world, something she would remind us all of on a daily basis.
I cannot begin to imagine the IVF world or my world without Michelle in it. To so many of us she was a supervisor, mentor, colleague and friend and the hole that she has left is vast. It is also incredibly sad that the next generation of young embryologists and scientists will not get to see one of her famous lectures that contained the most creative science analogies (often involving football- which was another of her passions) and where her enthusiasm and passion was contagious and would inspire anyone who listed to try and achieve great things. I want to thank Michelle for everything she has taught me over the last 16 years that has helped me become who I am today. I am grateful and privileged to have worked alongside such a brilliant scientist and embryologist. I hope that the legacy she has left in so many of us will endure through generations and that we all continue to do her proud.
- Deirdre Zander-Fox
I met Michelle in 2006 just before I started my honors year with her in 2007. I will never, ever forget that meeting! I was confused about where I was headed with my future studies and was leaning towards chemistry. That was until I spoke to Michelle and Deirdre. Their passion and excitement pulled me in and I left inspired and headed on a path that has shaped who I am today. It’s generally well known that I have a terrible memory, yet I remember all my times and conversations with Michelle very clearly. I think this is because there was always something to be learnt by what she said. I had such a great honors year under Michelle’s supervision. She pushed people to be their best, because she was always striving to be her best. And you never wanted to let her down. And she had an amazing skill for reading people. She knew exactly what was going on! I started working in the IVF lab during that year, and one of my proudest moments was when she burst into the lab one day with my thesis under arm. A huge smiley face on the front with the words “Awesome”. I still smile when I think of that day. She was so proud of her boys and loved telling people about their achievements. And I loved hearing about them. More recently, we chatted about our studies. She was studying teaching and I’m studying midwifery. She was very positive and supportive about this choice that I had made, and I remember thinking how fabulous Michelle would be as a teacher. Sometimes life is overwhelming and I feel like there’s not enough time in the day, but I always think back to what Michelle would say to me sometimes “Sleep is overrated!!”. My thoughts are with her family at this time. I’m saddened to think she will no longer be with us, but know her legacy will continue through all the amazing contributions she has made to the field of reproductive science.
- Alice Georgiou
13 years ago after I finished honours, I applied for a job at Repromed. I hadn’t met Michelle before, but Mich was Scientific Director at Repromed at the time, and one of the people that interviewed me. I didn’t get that job, but Mich kept my resume and called me a few months later, asking if I was still looking for a job and offered me a job as a Research Assistant at the uni instead. I did make it out to Repromed a few years after that, still working for Mich. I am forever grateful to Michelle for taking a chance on me. She was such an amazing person, and over the last 13 years, I’ve learnt so much from her. She has made some great scientific contributions to the IVF world, and is someone I truly admire. She will be greatly missed.
Will and Jack, I remember you as boys, coming in to the med school on the weekend with your mum when we had weekend experiments to do. You were such well behaved and curious boys back then. You have both grown into wonderful young men, and I know your mum is proud of you.
- Alicia Filby
The sheer enormity and breadth of Michelle Lane’s contribution to reproductive biology was (and remains) difficult for most people to fully comprehend, especially when one considers the brevity of the career cut tragically short (49 years of age). Here was a mentor that was capable of fostering the best moments in your scientific career with her infectious brand of enthusiasm. I have never met anyone with more drive, a keener sense of strategy, a greater sense of scientific and business acumen, nor more creative scientific ideas than Michelle – this exceedingly rare mix of traits underpinned her incredibly successful career. The indelible mentoring fingerprints that remain on her Honours students, PhD students, early career post-docs, and other staff are lifelong and have forever changed these people. These scientists have achieved great things and will continue to do so, due to the identification of potential in them and the subsequent support, clarity, and direction provided by Michelle’s mentoring – spawning a legacy that will endure long into the future.
I know little of her personal life beyond that she would extend herself to extraordinary degrees for her family, especially her two sons, and this may well have been the source of her immense drive to achieve at extraordinarily high levels across many fronts of her career and life. Vale Michelle Lane.
- Tod Fullston
Michelle once shared with me a quote; "if you aspire for mediocrity, all you can be is mediocre; if you aspire for greatness, failure is mediocre" Michelle Lane.
She aspired and achieved greatness herself, but her passion to drive others for greatness was what captured me personally. As a leader she drove others to understand, connect and respect the role of science. I will miss the opportunity to call her and ask her advise, have the opportunity to listen to her counsel or obtain her support.
Like so many her wise words will continue to stay with me.
Deservedly Michelle will continue be honored and recognised.
- Peggy North
It is difficult to accept the loss of Michelle in many ways. Most prominently, my thoughts and deep condolences are with her family.
Michelle's intelligence and confidence first made an impression on me in a first year biology tutorial back in 1988. I have since noted her great achievements with awe and admiration but it is only in the last 5 years that I have had the opportunity to speak to her again. Michelle was always exciting to talk to. She was so friendly and approachable and had a way of discussing ideas and complex information with great clarity and infectious enthusiasm. I am struck by the loss in terms of the ideas and developments she would have pioneered and guided over the coming years, but thankful for the huge contribution she has made over her career.
For me, part of Michelle's legacy is a personal inspiration to research, learn and delve more deeply into understanding and improving what we do. I hope many people feel the same. Thank you Michelle.
- Deb Webster
How do I even begin to describe Michelle as she was truly an amazing woman and I am so fortunate to have been able to work with her. She instilled in me how amazing embryo development is and I still find it hard to believe that this is how all life begins. I have Michelle to thank for this. She always put the patient first and always made us want to strive to be better.
Academically she has achieved so much during her short life but by far her greatest achievement was her sons. She was very family orientated and I was always amazed at how she was able to work full time while maintaining a strong profile throughout the IVF industry both clinically and in research. Her family was so important to her that when I started my own family the one piece of advice that she gave me and continued to give me was to ensure that I made time for them, especially my children.
I am privileged to have known Michelle and had her as my manager, supervisor, mentor and role model. I am where I am today because of her and for this I will forever be grateful. She has had such an impact on my life and who I have become and I hope that I can live up to her expectations.
- Leanne Pacella-Ince
I’m seemingly half a world away thinking of Michelle and the warm, laughing moments we experienced last September in Hobart. How can that ever be the last when so many more opportunities to talk and to learn from her were supposedly assured? I’ve thought of it daily since I received David’s email. But enough selfishness. I think and pray now for her true legacy, her family.
- Rusty Pool
It seems impossible to put into words the impact that Michelle has had on me, and the world of reproductive medicine and embryology. I first met Michelle in 2004 and she gave me the chance to learn from her in the lab, and I am unbelievably grateful for the ten years that followed in which she gave so much to those around her. Michelle’s passion was contagious. It’s impossible to believe that the world has lost such an incredible woman and an amazing mind. My thoughts are with her family at this sad time. Her legacy lives on, through the many lives she impacted and the knowledge she shared. Thank you Michelle.
- Kathryn Gebhardt
How can I abbreviate what Professor Michelle Lane means to me in a few words? Michelle has been my teacher, supervisor, mentor and colleague. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been at the right time and place when I first met Michelle back in 2004. Although in her initial academic days, she was well known for her embryology and culture media work, she managed to broaden her research horizons into the areas of male fertility, offspring health as well as genetics. Despite a slight initial hesitation to work on the male gamete, together we were the first to demonstrate the impact of paternal obesity on live birth outcomes. Michelle’s belief in this work then resulted in several other studies building on this important work. Whatever Michelle touched flourished! Michelle has left a long lasting academic legacy, and I feel that I’m a small part of this legacy. This makes me feel exceedingly honoured.
Australia has lost a truly remarkable scientist today. Michelle’s zeal for discovery and improving patient outcomes was unmatched and I feel sad for those who will not experience her passion for research and innovation in the area of reproductive medicine.
Michelle wasn’t merely an incredible scientist, but also a devoted wife and mother. To Michelle’s husband and two sons: my thoughts and prayers are with you. You should feel immensely proud to have had such an incredible wife and mother. Although she is no longer in this world, her legacy will live on endlessly.
Michelle, I will never forget your belief in me; from the day you submitted my honours scholarship on my behalf, to only days before you passed away, when you called me to thank me for saying what I said during a meeting we had just finished. I will remain forever grateful for your honest and direct advice. Not being able to call you to ask for your guidance is something I will definitely miss. I feel incredibly lucky to have learnt from and worked alongside you. I owe where I am today to your scientific leadership, guidance and mentorship and for this I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I pray for your eternal rest.