Dr Rebecca Campbell
Rebecca Campbell, PhD is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago and a principal investigator in the Centre for Neuroendocrinology and Department of Physiology at the University of Otago. She is also the Associate Dean of Research within the School of Biomedical Sciences at Otago. She received her PhD from Oregon Health & Science University in 2002, joined the Centre for Neuroendocrinology as a Postdoctoral Fello and then established her own independent research group in 2009. Her research focuses on defining and understanding the neuronal network regulating gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons, the final output neurons controlling fertility. Using a wide range of anatomical and functional neuroscience tools in the transgenic mouse models, she has revealed morphological characteristics of the GnRH neurons and their afferent network relevant to their function in health and disease. Current work in a mouse model of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has identified specific defects in the GnRH neuronal netowork that may underlie the development and pathology of this common infertility disorder.