Adjunct Associate Professor University of South Australia (BSc. (Hons.), PhD),
Scientific Director (PhD)
Deirdre is currently the Scientific Director of Repromed and is also the Regional Scientific Director for the Monash IVF Group. In this role she looks after all the embryology, andrology, endocrine and genetics laboratories in South Australia, Queensland and Kuala Lumpur.
Deirdre joined Repromed in 2004 and is a highly trained Clinical Embryologist and Research Scientist. She completed her PhD studies in 2009 through The University of Adelaide’s School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health in which she undertook novel research into the impact of in vitro stress on preimplantation embryo development and how this affects embryo viability and metabolism. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Best Postgraduate Student Award for her work conducted during her PhD studies.
She has continued this important work through her research at Repromed and has been instrumental in designing and implementing new laboratory protocols which has resulted in significant increases in Repromed’s pregnancy rates and was recognised internationally for its importance at the World Congress of Human Reproduction.
Deirdre is an author on a number peer reviewed research journal articles, book chapters and conference abstracts. Her research is highly relevant to clinical IVF and is focused on improving laboratory technology that will directly benefit fertility patients. In addition to her role as Scientific Director, Deirdre is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of South Australia and is a Visiting Research fellow through the University of Adelaide where she supervises honours and PhD students and collaborates on research into optimising embryo culture technology as well as the development of novel prenatal testing technologies.