Vacation Scholarship Reports

As a condition of receiving a Vacation Scholarship, applicants are asked to submit a short report detailing the findings of their investigation.

2017

Sofia Akhtar – Defining the impact of paternal diet on offspring testicular epigenetic status

Eman Butt – The role of placental endocrine IGF2 in regulating placental morphogenesis and fetal growth

Chandler Bray – Does a cell death protein regulate cell fusion in a placental cell line?

Federico Caso – Expression of hypothalamic DNA methyltransferase (DNMT3B) decreases across the female  reproductive cycle in Siberian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus)

Joan Embola – The regulation of stanniocalcin-1 in human pregnancy

Isabella Inzani – Role of thyroid hormones in adrenal development and steroidogenesis in the ovine fetus 

Jessica McLachlan – The effect of the ovulation induction drugs, clomiphene citrate and letrozole, on placental differentiation

Daniel Stark – Quantification of c-Jun expression in oocytes provides evidence of spatial regulation of primordial follicle activation in the mouse ovary

2016

Adam Andreani – Understanding the molecular mechanisms by which the placenta adapts to support fetal growth during pregnancy

Alexander Brown – Investigation of sperm mitochondrial membrane potential and reactive oxygen species production in SLC-selected stallion sperm samples

James Healy – Validation of a Kiss1r antibody using Kiss1r knockout mice

Áine Kavanagh – The role of DMRT1 in human testis development

Haya Khan – An investigation into the effect of IL-33 on nitric oxide production by placental endothelial cells

Irene Lambrou –  Regulation of cohesin in non-growing oocytes

Hui Wei (Amanda) Leow – A study to examine the effect of Selective Progesterone Receptor Modulators (SPRMs) on the endometrial fibrinolytic system in women with heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB).

Robert Turnbull – Investigating the Requirements for Egg Activation in Drosophila

Laura Warwick – Intracellular Oxygen Profiling of Bovine Oocytes and Embryos using the MM2 Probe

2015

Eloise Lynch – Cyclical DNA methyltransferase expression across multiple timescales in the uterus of the Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus)

Annemieke Nicholls – Disease takes its Toll on reproduction: Toll-like receptors and the bovine corpus luteum

Miguel Madrigal Hernandez – Thyroid gland structure and key gene expression is not altered by prenatal exposure to excess androgens via maternal application

Su Wei Tay – Histomorphological classification of equine follicles in healthy, atretic and granulosa cell tumour samples

Philippa Gould – The role of maternal low protein diet on neural stem cells and neurogenesis in the offspring brain

Ben Sayer – Determining the effect of extra-villous trophoblast cells on spiral artery remodelling: what is the role of MMP10?

Siobhan Rice – Descriptive Study of the Effects of Phosphoramide Mustard on the Testis

Lily Hua – The expression of 11βHSD1 in the human myometrium

2014

Claire Peet – An E4PB4 knockout model to assess the distribution of uterine natural killer cell subsets in mouse pregnancy

Robert Thompson –  The effect of endocrine disrupting chemicals on bovine luteal function

Prodromos Chatzikyriakou – Identifying the mechanisms regulating oocyte maturation in the ovary: A multidisciplinary study

Rebecca Cole – CG9879 in the Drosophila Testis

Magda Marečková –  Can progesterone supplementation in early pregnancy affect normal male fetal development?

Sophie Nash – How does chemotherapy treatment affect fertility in pre-pubertal males?

2013

Victoria Carliell – Listeria monocytogenes    

James Hall –  Regulation of Cohesin during Oogenesis

Hui Lim –  The effect of IFN-γ on Chlamydia trachomatis growth in human Fallopian tube epithelial cells

2012

Alycia Kowalski  –  Regulation of trophoblast differentiation by TGFβ signalling pathways

Hannah Morgan – Investigation of the role of decidual macrophages in spiral artery transformation in early human pregnancy

Holly Swash –  Zebrafish

Kayleigh Stewart – Investigating the stage-specific expression of Dazl and Boule during fetal ovarian germ cell development

Tristan Demuth –  SRF Vacation Scholarship Tristan Demuth SRF Report