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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide

My research interests include the molecular biology and genetics of human female reproductive biology, specifically the ovaries and placenta, in addition to the developmental origins of disease. I completed a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) at the University of Adelaide in 2006, majoring in Physiology and Pharmacology, followed by First Class Honours in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2007. My research project focused on the role of a specific growth factor in the human ovary and in polycystic ovary syndrome, which I continued investigating during my PhD. Since 2012, I have pursued my research interests as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Pregnancy and Development Group, Robinson Institute, University of Adelaide. I am currently investigating the prenatal origins of allergy, which involves examining gene mechanisms in the placenta that may alter the developing immune system and result in allergic disease later in life. My study includes a cohort of women in a low socioeconomic area of Adelaide, based around the Lyell McEwin Hospital.


  • 2012–present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide


  • 2013 
    University of Adelaide, PhD in Medicine


  • 2014
    Mouse GDF9 decreases KITL gene expression in human granulosa cells, Endocrine
  • 2014
    The human placenta expresses multiple glucocorticoid receptor isoforms that are altered by fetal sex, growth restriction and maternal asthma, Placenta

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Is childhood allergy susceptibility increased by maternal asthma?
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation
  • Adelaide, Australia
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