Our research covers a wide range of questions in reproductive and developmental biology, using physiological, endocrine, molecular, genetic and comparative genomic techniques. We have a strong research output including over 70 publications in the last 5 years, with papers in leading journals such as Nature, Nature Genetics, PLoS One, PLoS Biology and PNAS. We have just published the genome of the tammar wallaby in Genome Biology that will underpin all the studies outlined below.
The Reproduction and Development laboratory is well equipped and students gain training in a broad range of relevant, cutting edge techniques in molecular biology, endocrinology, physiology and anatomy that will enhance future career prospects. We can take Honours, Masters and PhD students.
Recent News / Blog entries
- Prettier graphs using Excel
Excel excels at ugly graphs, However it can produce nice graphs if you know how. It takes a little thought, and a little effort to transform the default graphs, setting sizes, spacing, colours, fonts, formats, but once you are familiar, it takes little time, and once you have a nice format you can even re-use the graph format in different projects - all you need to do is point it to different data sets.
- New Wallavan
At last we have our new wallavan. Overlanda have done a fine job. We were impressed by the wallaby stencil on the sides.
- On the principle of "Maximum Author Load" ...
I came across a publication today with almost 2500 authors. It must have been a nightmare to coordinate all their comments on the draft manuscript!
- Reproduction Down Under 2017
- Colourblindness and graphics
About one in ten males (including myself) have some degree of red-green colour blindness (and 0.5% of females), so you should bear that in mind when you are making graphics to display to others. Here are some suggestions for making colour-blindness friendly graphics.
Recent Reproduction Literature
- Oviductal microvesicles and their effect on in vitro maturation of canine oocytes.
- Winston Churchill’s essay on alien life found.
- Identity and dynamics of mammary stem cells during branching morphogenesis.
- Inhibition of polyamine synthesis causes entry of the mouse blastocyst into embryonic diapause1.
- YAP and WWTR1 regulate the expression of sex determining genes in Sertoli cells, but their inactivation does not cause sex reversal.
- Oviduct extracellular vesicles protein content and their role during oviduct-embryo cross-talk.
- NLRP2 and FAF1 deficiency blocks early embryogenesis in the mouse.
- KNDy neurone activation prior to the LH surge of the ewe is disrupted by LPS.
- Comparative microRNAome analysis of the testis and ovary of the Chinese giant salamander.
- The Hippo kinases LATS1 and 2 control human breast cell fate via crosstalk with ERα.