Professor Eileen McLaughlin, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, The University of Newcastle.
Professor McLaughlin undertook a PhD at the University of Bristol on the effects of cryopreservation on human gametes and embryos under the supervision of Dr Chris Ford. On completion of her PhD she moved to the Department of Biochemistry on a Wellcome Trust postdoctoral fellowship to work in the lab of Professor Len Hall where she identified genes involved in male fertility and characterised their role in fertilization.
In 2000 Professor McLaughlin took up a position in the Pest Animal Control CRC in CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems in Canberra where she worked on the development of virally vectored immunocontraception for rabbit control. The in 2002 was recruited to the University of Newcastle where she established her research group. Work in this lab focuses on the RNA binding proteins and their roles in spermatogenesis and folliculogenesis and proteins involved in meiosis. In addition they study cytokines that control the activation of primordial follicles in the mammalian ovary and ovotoxic xenobiotics which cause oocyte loss and early menopause.
The lab uses a number of mouse models and a wide range of cell and molecular biology techniques to monitor cell signalling dynamics in primary culture, identify novel target proteins, functionally characterise translational repressors and activators and use structural modelling to design inhibitors of these interactions. They also collaborate extensively through the ARC Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Development as well as with individual groups in the USA and Australia.