PhD (Medical Biochemistry, University of Newcastle, 2021)
BBiomedSc (Honours I, University of Newcastle, 2017)
As a reproductive biologist, I work on understanding the molecular mechanisms underpinning female fertility. The focus of my current research is to identify factors that support oocyte development within the ovary and use these factors to improve oocyte culture. This also involves understanding granulosa cell biology, the somatic cells that are in direct contact with the oocyte throughout development. I use a combination of high-throughput techniques, including proteomics and single-cell sequencing, and molecular biology techniques to better understand oocyte development.
Prior to this position at UNSW, I completed my joint PhD at the University of Newcastle and the Francis Crick Institute UK, studying the role of cell cycle regulation in the activation of ovarian follicles. Following my PhD, I worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the Hudson Institute for Medical Research in Melbourne, working with Prof Vincent Harley on Differences of Sex Development and the role of transcription factors in driving testicular and ovarian fate.