Professor Mary Wlodek

Mary Wlodek is a Professor in the Department of Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne. Professor Wlodek graduated with a BSc(Hons) and MSc from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. She was awarded her PhD in Physiology from Monash University, Australia. She is a global leader in developmental origins physiological research and Head of the Fetal, Postnatal & Adult Physiology & Disease Laboratory. She is renowned for her successful experimental model that mimics human growth profiles, organ deficits and phenotypes observed in babies born small who are susceptible to adult diseases. Her laboratory is recognised as performing complex whole animal physiological studies exploring of the adult, pregnancy and transgenerational consequences of being born small. Critical to translational outcomes is the incorporation of various innovative treatments and interventions including nutritional (cross-fostering, diet), exercise, pregnancy, transgenerational and impact of stress and alcohol during pregnancy.

Professor Wlodek’s strong commitment to mentoring has also been recognised through prestigious awards, including the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Excellence Award for Equity and Staff Development (2012), the University’s James Angus Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Supervision and subsequently the Australian Government, Office for Learning & Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2013).

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