SARAH A. ROBERTSON, Ph.D.

 

Professor Sarah Robertson is a PhD graduate of the University of Adelaide, Australia (1993) and is now Co-Director and Program Leader in Reproductive Immunology at the Research Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide.  Her research interest is early pregnancy, and the significance of events occurring in early development on health and disease after birth and in adult life.  Specifically her focus is the cell biology and immunology of the uterus and induction of immune tolerance in pregnancy, cytokine regulation of early embryo development, and the role of male seminal fluids in signalling to the female reproductive tract.  She works in animal models and humans, and is involved in clinical and commercial translation of research to develop new treatments for infertility.  Her work is funded by Program and Project grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the ARC (Australia).  Her research outputs include more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers and reviews and 3 patent families since 1991, and she has trained 13 PhD students to completion with another 5 in progress.  She has served on national research policy committees and grant review panels including as member of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council and Research Committee (2003-2006 triennium).  Since 2008 she has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Reproductive Immunology (Elsevier, Ireland) and she also serves on the Editorial Board of Reproduction and has previous terms with Biology of Reproduction and Molecular Human Reproduction.  She was the Congress Chair of the XI International Congress in Reproductive Immunology (Cairns, Australia 2010).  She has served on the Councils of the Australasian Society for Immunology, and the Society for Reproductive Biology (Australia), and is a member of the Program Committee of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (USA).