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Testis Development and Male Germ Cell Biology Research Group Head

Head, Centre for Reproductive Health, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Head, Postgraduate Research, School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University

Honorary Professor, Justus-Liebig University of Giessen, Germany

Kate is recognised internationally for investigating the mechanisms that underpin testis development and sperm formation. Her discoveries include key molecular switches that regulate cell fate via the TGFbeta superfamily, Hedgehog and Wnt signaling pathways. Her collaborative research on intracellular signaling molecules relating to nucleocytoplasmic transport and Snail transcription factors has identified new mechanisms that regulate spermatogenesis. She has held nationally competitive grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council since 1995, including an NHMRC Fellowship from 2000-2020.

Professor Loveland collaborates with researchers around Australia, in Denmark, Germany, the Czech Republic, USA and Japan.  In 2004 she received the American Society for Andrology Young Andrologist Award, their highest distinction for a developing researcher, and she received the Fuller W. Bazer International Scientist Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction in 2018.  In 2010, she received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision, and she has supervised more than 20 PhD candidate completions.  She currently co-leads a joint-PhD training program with Justus-Liebig University (2013-2022; funded by the German Research Foundation), in which up to 30 students are being trained in the Molecular Pathogenesis of Male Reproduction, and holds a Liebig Professorship in recognition of this role.

Professor Loveland is a reviewer and editor for several specialist journals and is active in the Society for Study of Reproduction and the American Society for Andrology. She will serve as Vice President/President of the ASA in 2022-2024, and as Chair of the North American Testis Workshop in 2024.  She has over 160 publications that reflect her keen interest in discovering how cells change from one state of differentiation to the next in normal development and in pathological conditions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Testis
  • Spermatogenesis
  • Cell Signalling
  • Fertility
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Reproduction
  • Activin
  • Nucleocytoplasmic Transport
  • Immunology

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