Senior Research Fellow , University of Adelaide

Our Research Group studies the how the oocyte, sperm contribute to the development of the early embryo and how this programs the development of the pregnancy and affects offspring. Using state of the art techniques we are unravelling the biochemical and molecular basis for how a healthy embryo is made. In particular we are focussing on epigenetic mechanisms including methylation and microRNAs. We also have an interest in embryonic stem cells.

We are at the fore-front of developing fundamental knowledge in oocyte development, spermatogenesis and embryogenesis to both develop new treatment therapies.

We also have a vast translational research program where we use this fundamental knowledge to improve IVF treatment for infertile couples. We work closely with world-leading IVF units Repromed and Monash IVF. We have several patents and have developed several new treatment regimes for IVF patients including the formation of sequential media and blastocyst development, vitirification and in metabolic assessment of embryos.

My research group is currently active in understanding how lifestyle factors such as obesity and ageing impact on oocytes, sperm and embryos.

I am an NHMRC Research Fellow, an inaugural Fellow of Reproductive Biology of the SRB, and in 2012 and 2013 her group has one several prizes at International meetings.

I received her PhD in 1996 and has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, reviews and book chapters. I am internationally recognised for my work in understanding the biology of gametes and embryos and my team is frequently invited to give talks both nationally and internationally.

Experience

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    Senior Research Fellow , University of Adelaide