Dr Karla Hutt
Dr Karla Hutt is head of the Ovarian Biology Laboratory at the Monash University and the Biomedicine Discovery Institute Outstanding Woman in Science Fellow. She obtained her PhD from the Australian National University in 2006, where her studies focussed on the establishment and maintenance of the primordial follicle pool. She then undertook her postdoctoral studies at the University of Kansas Medical Center (USA), where she investigated the impact of environmental toxicants on oocyte and embryo quality. In 2008 she returned to Australia to join the Ovarian Biology Laboratory at Prince Henry’s Institute. She subsequently moved to Monash University and now investigates the role of DNA repair and apoptosis in determining oocyte number and quality, with the aim of i) improving women’s health and fertility during aging and ii) understanding how cancer treatments damage the ovary.