Professor Eileen McLaughlin

Eileen McLaughlin graduated from The University of Bristol UK in 1994 with a PhD in assisted reproduction and reproductive cryobiology, after which she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in reproductive biology to work on the development of human male contraceptive targets at the School of Biochemistry. She was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship to expand her work to female virally vectored immunocontraceptives in wildlife feral animal control with CSIRO and the Invasive Animal CRC in Canberra. In 2002, she obtained a lectureship at the University of Newcastle NSW, where she established a highly productive lab working on ovarian follicular development, female and male germ cell development and the effects of reproductive toxicants in multigenerational fertility.

She was awarded a personal chair in Reproductive Biology in 2010 and appointed interim Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and IT in 2014. Eileen is currently Director of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland and a co-appointee professor in biological sciences at Newcastle.

Eileen has received research based awards from the British Fertility Society, Fertility Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology from whom she received the 2007 Research Centre for Reproductive Health Award for Excellence in Reproductive Biology. In 2013, she was awarded the Brian Setchell Medal by the British Andrology Society for contributions to Andrology.

Eileen has a strong commitment to the support of reproductive and developmental biology as past chair of the British Andrology Society and past president of the Society for Reproductive Biology. She has served as a member of the ARC College of Experts and is currently chair and panel member of scientific advisory committees for ARC, NHMRC and the Irish Research Council. She is the University of Auckland lead for the newly established national NZ Advanced Genomics Platform “Genomics Aotearoa”. 


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