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Dr Jessica Dunleavy obtained her PhD from Monash University in 2018 and is now a research fellow in the Male Infertility and Germ Cell Biology Laboratory of Prof. Moira O’Bryan. During her PhD she defined the essential functions of the microtubule severing protein KATNAL2 in spermatogenesis, and health more broadly. As a research fellow, her research continues to centre around fundamental aspects of cytoskeletal dynamics and their relevance to male fertility, with particular focus on the unique cytoskeletal structures, protein transport pathways and non-canonical tubulins that feature during sperm flagella formation and head shaping.

Research area keywords

  • sperm development
  • male infertility
  • sperm function


Research Output

An optimised STAPUT method for the purification of mouse spermatocyte and spermatid populations

Dunleavy, J. E. M., O'Connor, A. E. & O'Bryan, M. K., 30 Nov 2019, In : Molecular Human Reproduction. 25, 11, p. 675-683 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Fifty years of reproductive biology in Australia: Highlights from the 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB)

Bromfield, E. G., Dowland, S. N., Dunleavy, J. E. M., Dunning, K. R., Holland, O. J., Houston, B. J., Pankhurst, M. W., Richani, D., Riepsamen, A. H., Rose, R. & Bertoldo, M. J., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Reproduction, Fertility and Development. 8 p., RD18436.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

The cytoskeleton in spermatogenesis

Dunleavy, J. E. M., O'Bryan, M. K., Stanton, P. G. & O'Donnell, L., 1 Jan 2019, In : Reproduction. 157, 2, p. R53-R72 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)

The Microtubule Severing Protein Katanin Regulates Proliferation of Neuronal Progenitors in Embryonic and Adult Neurogenesis

Lombino, F. L., Muhia, M., Lopez-Rojas, J., Brill, M. S., Thies, E., Ruschkies, L., Lutz, D., Richter, M., Hausrat, T. J., Lopes, A. T., McNally, F. J., Hermans-Borgmeyer, I., Dunleavy, J. E. M., Hoffmeister-Ullerich, S., Frotscher, M., Misgeld, T., Kreutz, M. R., de Anda, F. C. & Kneussel, M., 1 Dec 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 12 p., 15940.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Evidence that fertility trades off with early offspring fitness as males age

Johnson, S. L., Zellhuber-McMillan, S., Gillum, J., Dunleavy, J., Evans, J. P., Nakagawa, S. & Gemmell, N. J., 31 Jan 2018, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 285, 1871, 9 p., 20172174.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

9 Citations (Scopus)


Australian Postgraduate Award, $94,762

Jess Dunleavy (Recipient), Mar 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Lalor Foundation Merit Award, USD $500

Jess Dunleavy (Recipient), Jul 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Lorne Genome Student Presentation Award, $200

Jess Dunleavy (Recipient), Feb 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Male Contraceptive Initiative Travel Grant, USD $1000

Jess Dunleavy (Recipient), Jul 2019

Prize: Other distinction

Press / Media

Biomedical Picture of the Day: 'No Tails'

Jess Dunleavy


1 item of Media coverage

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