Dr Federica Lopes is a Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine at the University of Dundee. She leads the MSc in Human Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception. Her research investigates the impact that chemotherapy has on fertility. She uses a number of experimental models from rodents to ex-vivo human gonads to identify the cellular and molecular targets of chemotherapy drugs on the developing reproductive tissues, with the ultimate aim of finding a protective strategy for the fertility of young boys and girls with cancer. Federica grew up in Italy where she graduated in veterinary medicine, followed by a PhD in physiology of reproduction, studying the role of cytokines on pre-implantation sheep embryo development and postdoc research at the University of Edinburgh.

Outside work, Federica is a mum of two, and enjoys spending the holidays at the beach in her home town, and walking through the green Scottish landscape.