Professor Marilyn Renfree

Research interests

Reproductive and developmental biology

Our group studies reproduction and development in health and disease using marsupials and monotremes as biomedical models.

  • Reproductive biology of marsupials and monotremes
  • Developmental biology
  • Sex determination
  • Sexual differentiation
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Epigenetics
  • Genomic imprinting
  • Embryonic diapause
  • Lactation and growth
  • Limb development
  • Innate immunity
  • Comparative genomics.

Research projects

  • Control of growth and development in marsupials: a model for obesity
  • Regulatory mechanisms of testicular and ovarian development and the role of long non-coding RNAs
  • Gene and hormonal control of appendage (e.g. limbs and phallus) differentiation
  • Marsupials as models for disorders of sexual development including sex reversal and hypospadias
  • Early embryonic and post-natal development of the echidna
  • Genomic imprinting and epigenetic control of germ cell reprogramming during early development

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