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Dr Melanie McDowall

Telephone +61 8 8313 1013
Position Postdoctoral Fellow
Fax +61 8 8313 8177
Mobile +61 4 2703 0527
Building Medical School South
Floor/Room 2 04
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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Biography/ Background

ARC Senior Research Associate
Early Development Group
ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP)
Robinson Research Institute
School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health
Institute for Photonic and Advanced Sensing

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2001-Conferred August 2005: Doctor of Philosophy (Health Science) 
Research Centre for Reproductive Health, The University of Adelaide
Title: The Rational Development of Improved In Vitro Maturation of Bovine Oocytes

Link to Thesis 

*Please note: 2 1/2 years career interruption due to maternity leave, part-time work and carer's responsibilities

2000: Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Adelaide

1998-1999: Bachelor of Science 
The University of Adelaide

Awards & Achievements

2015 International Award for Best Abstract 
Winner, Society for the Study of Reproduction Annual conference

2014 Meat and Livestock Australia Oral Presentation Award
Winner, Society for Reproductive Biology Annual conference

2014 Robinson Research Institute and School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health
International travel award recipient, World Congress of Reproductive Biology (Edinburgh, Scotland)

2012 Newcastle Reproduction Early Career Research Emerging Leader Award
Finalist, Society for Reproductive Biology Annual conference

2011 Australian Society for Medical Research SA Conference
Winner, Best Oral Presentation (Early Career)

2006-2007 Young Tall Poppy Science Award
This award recognises the contribution of early career scientists to their field of research and communicating science to the general public ( Part of the award involves visiting high schools to discuss life as a scientist (Tall Poppies Reaching Kids).

2007 Australasian Hair and Wool Research Society
Travel scholarship recipient (International Congress of Hair Research Congress, Vancouver, Canada)

2004 Society for Reproductive Biology Annual Conference (Sydney NSW)
Travel scholarship recipient

2002 North West Adelaide Health Services Research Day
Finalist, Higher Degrees: Basic Science, Senior Students

2001 Society for Reproductive Biology Annual Conference (Gold Coast QLD)
Finalist, Junior Scientist Award and Travel scholarship recipient

2000 North West Adelaide Health Services Research Day
Winner, Basic Science, Honours students


Research Interests

Oocyte maturation
In vitro embryo production
Peri-conceptional environment
Maternal health
Glucose and hexose metabolism


Please note: I have published under "Sutton", "McDowall" and "Sutton-McDowall"


Professional Associations

2001-2004, 2009-present: Society for Reproductive Biology (PR secretary for council)

2002-2004, 2009-present: International Embryo Transfer Society

2014-present: Australian Science Communicators

2011: Australian Society for Medical Research

2009: Australian Institute of Policy and Science

2004-2008: Sheep Genomics

2005-2008: Australasian Hair and Wool Research Society

2005-2009: Society for Investigative Dermatology (USA)


Community Engagement

2014-2015: Science Meets Parliament and associated laboratory visits by federal members of parliament

2013, 2015: Invited to participate in the "Dairy Moving Forward" Reproduction Steering Group (Dairy Australia)

2015: Featured in a "Fertility Friday" podcast and blog (Late February)

2014: Featured in "Science Stories" blog from the Robinson Research Institute

2012-present: Contributor to "The Conversation" website

2013-2014: Spokes person for the "Fertility is ageist" campaign for the "Your Fertility" coalition (direct link to video), including the creation of a video explaining fertility in plain English

2014: Attended numerous media and science communication training workshops, including Science Meets Parliament, Science in Public and Questacon.

2013: Expert commentator for "New Scientist"

2006-2008: Website administrator for the Wool sub-program of Sheep Genomics

2006-2008: Tall Poppies Reaching Kids

2005-2007: Regulator contributor to the "Can You Believe It" column (The Advertiser newspaper)

My research has been discussed on numerous media platforms such as radio, website and print media. I'm currently the publicity secretary for the Society for Reproductive Biology and activities have included official tweeter for the society (@ReproductionSRB) and attending "Science Meets Parliament" in 2014 and 2015. 

I also tweet via my personal account @DrMelMcD


Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesFertility & Reproduction
ExpertiseAssisted reproduction; in vitro embryo production; metabolism; glucose

Entry last updated: Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016

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