Dr Melanie McDowall

Grant Development and Science Communication
Dr Melanie McDowall

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

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2016 - ongoing: Masters in Business Administration
The University of Adelaide 

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 

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

1998-1999: Bachelor of Science 
The University of Adelaide

2016 Australian eChallenge Medical Innovations: Winner (Life Whisperer), The University of Adelaide

2016 Australian eChallenge Research Commericalisation: Winner (Life Whisper), The University of Adelaide

2016 CSIRO On Prime Pre-Accelerator Training Program

2016 Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Scholarship: The University of Adelaide

2016 Best Transdisciplinary Publication: Winner, Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing

2015 Best International Abstract (Australia and New Zealand): Winner, Society for the Study of Reproduction

2015 Best Transdisplinary Publication Award: Winner, ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics.

2015 Best Publication: Senior, corresponding author (with Siew Wong as primary author), Reproduction, Fertility and Development journal

2014 Meat and Livestock Australia New Scientist Award: Winner, Society for Reproductive Biology Annual Conference

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 (www.tallpoppies.net.au). Part of the award involved visiting high schools to discuss life as a scientist (Tall Poppies Reaching Kids).

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


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". 

A complete list of my publications and citations is available on my research profile page and Google Scholar

2001-2004, 2009-present: Society for Reproductive Biology (PR secretary for council)
2002-2004, 2009-present: International Embryo Transfer Society
2016-present: International Congress on Animal Reproduction (committee member)
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)


2016: Blog post and expert commentary for theI Quit Sugar” website
2016: Expert commentary for ABC News
2016: The University of Adelaide, Barr Smith Library appeal, featured researcher
2016: The University of Adelaide television advertisement
2014-2016: Science Meets Parliament and associated laboratory visits by federal members of parliament, including being followed by RiAus in 2016 (direct link to video)
2013, 2015: Invited to participate in the "Dairy Moving Forward" Reproduction Steering Group (Dairy Australia)
2015: Interviewed for “The Sound of Science” (Radio Adelaide) with Dr Sabrina Heng, talking about women and mums in science and transdisciplinary research (December)
2015: Featured in a "Fertility Friday" podcast and blog (Late February)
2015: Featured in the Robinson Research Institute annual report
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 2014-2016. 

I also tweet via my personal account @DrMelMcD

I am on the website committee for the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics and will be involved in science communication and public outreach.

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

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Entry last updated: Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017

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