Professor Kate Loveland, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology & Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
Kate Loveland is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Professor at Monash University in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Anatomy and Developmental Biology. Her PhD award was from Duke University, USA in 1987, followed by postdoctoral research at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Dallas, Texas 1988-89 and at Monash University in Melbourne. Her research that has been continuously supported by nationally competitive grant funding has identified key drivers of sperm cell maturation and testis development. Her laboratory focuses on understanding how growth factor signalling pathways (activin, Wnts, Hedgehogs and Snail transcription factors) and regulated protein transport into the nucleus control spermatogenesis and impact on male fertility. She has recently provided the first mechanistic link between altered activin signalling and human testis dysfunction. In addition, her has lab has made the first comprehensive studies of nuclear transport proteins during mammalian organ development using spermatogenesis as a model.