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Dr Karla Hutt obtained her PhD from the Australian National University in 2006, where her studies focussed on the establishment and maintenance of the primordial follicle pool during ovarian development. She then undertook her postdoctoral studies at the University of Kansas Medical Center (USA), where she investigated the impact of environmental toxicants on oocyte and embryo quality. In 2008 she returned to Australia and to join Professor Jock Findlay's laboratory at Prince Henrys Institute (now the Hudson Institute of Medical Research). In 2015 she relocated to Monash University and leads the Ovarian Biology Laboratory. Her group investigates the role of DNA repair and apoptosis in determining oocyte number and quality, with the aim of i) improving women’s health and fertility during maternal aging and ii) developing new therapeutic strategies to protect female fertility during anti-cancer therapy.



Research area keywords

  • ovary
  • oocyte
  • follilce
  • fertility
  • apoptosis
  • DNA repair

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Projects 2013 2023

Research Output 2006 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

Cisplatin- and cyclophosphamide-induced primordial follicle depletion is caused by direct damage to oocytes

Nguyen, QN., Zerafa, N., Liew, J., Findlay, J. K., Hickey, M. & Hutt, K., 1 Aug 2019, In : Molecular Human Reproduction. 25, 8, p. 433-444 12 p.

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Do BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutation carriers have a reduced ovarian reserve? Protocol for a prospective observational study

Winship, A. L., Willson, C., Hansen, K. R., Hutt, K. J. & Hickey, M., 25 Nov 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 11, 7 p., e033810.

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Open Access

Do cancer therapies damage the uterus and compromise fertility?

Griffiths, M. J., Winship, A. L. & Hutt, K. J., 20 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Human Reproduction Update. 13 p., dmz041.

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Oocytes from stem cells

Sarma, U. C., Findlay, J. K. & Hutt, K. J., 1 Feb 2019, In : Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 55, p. 14-22 9 p.

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Vincristine Chemotherapy Induces Atresia of Growing Ovarian Follicles in Mice

Winship, A. L., Carpenter, M., Griffiths, M. & Hutt, K. J., 1 May 2019, In : Toxicological Sciences. 169, 1, p. 43-53 11 p.

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