I am a CI of the Priority Research Centre for Chemical Biology and Clinical Pharmacology and a member of the Reproductive Science group at the University of Newcastle.
I have been a member of the Australian Society for Reproductive Biology since moving to University of Newcastle in 1998 and entering the field of Reproduction. I currently serve on the SRB Council.
My team is currently addressing the effect of acrylamide on male germ cells. Acrylamide is consumed in food. We have established the detrimental effects of acrylamide and now my team is examining both the consequences of damaging the male germ line and also finding ways to alleviate the effects. I also contribute significant expertise in molecular biology to all programs within the Reproductive Science Group.
In total I have published 2 book chapters and 33 journal articles. I have been a CI on over $17M of competitive research income and $1.5M of equipment grants. Along with Laureate Prof Aitken and Prof McLaughlin, I hold a patent for the tools for germ cell ablation. I have supervised 11 RHD students and 17 Honours students including 4 and 15 as prime supervisor respectively. My students have won awards for their presentations, including at international conferences, and several have been awarded prestigious University or Faculty medals.