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NHMRC Senior Research Fellow

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 her research into the mechanisms that underpin testis development and germ cell differentiation. Her research has demonstrated key switches in the molecules that regulate cell fate decisions, including 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 by which spermatogenesis is regulated.

Professor Loveland has active collaborations with research groups around Australia, in Denmark, New Zealand, USA and Japan, which underpin the work of her research team. She holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship and was recognised by the American Society for Andrology as the 2004 Young Andrologist, their highest distinction for a developing researcher. In 2010, she was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision.  She is currently the Monash academic co-leader of a joint-PhD training program with Justus-Liebig University (2013-2022), in which up to 30 students are being trained in the Molecular Pathogenesis of Male Reproduction.

Professor Loveland is an an editor for several specialist journals and has over 150 publications that reflect her keen interest in discovering how cells change from one state of differentiation to the next.


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

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Projects 2000 2022

IRTG: International Research Training Grant (IRTG)_Renewal of Molecular pathogenesis of male reproductive disorders project

Meinhardt, A., Loveland, K. A. L., Bhushan, S., Ellem, S. J., Hedger, M. P., O'Bryan, M. K., O'Donnell, L., Stanton, P., Risbridger, G. P., Baker, M. A., Hobbs, R. M., Loveland, B., Exintaris, B., Western, P. S., McLachlan, R. I., Whittaker, M. R., Wagenlehner, F. M. E., Bergmann, M., Diemer, T., Fietz, D., Fijak, M., Konrad, L., Linn, T., Middendorff, R., Pilatz, A., Schagdarsurengin, U., Schuppe, H. C., Steger, K. & Scheiner-Bobis, G.


Project: Research

Research Output 1993 2018

Activin A target genes are differentially expressed between normal and neoplastic adult human testes: clues to gonocyte fate choice

Szarek, M., Bergmann, M., Konrad, L., Schuppe, H. C., Kliesch, S., Hedger, M. P. & Loveland, K. A. L., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Andrology. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activins in male reproduction

Loveland, K. A. L., 27 Jul 2018, Encyclopedia of Reproduction: Volume 1: Male Reproduction. Skinner, M. K. (ed.). 2nd ed. Oxford UK: Academic Press, Vol. 1. p. 208-214 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOtherpeer-review

Comparative analysis of activins A and B in the adult mouse epididymis and vas deferens

Wijayarathna, R., de Kretser, D. M., Sreenivasan, R., Ludlow, H., Middendorff, R., Meinhardt, A., Loveland, K. L. & Hedger, M. P., 1 Jan 2018, In : Reproduction. 155, p. 15-23 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Differential expression profiles of conserved Snail transcription factors in the mouse testis

Micati, D. J., Hime, G. R., McLaughlin, E. A., Abud, H. E. & Loveland, K. L., 1 Mar 2018, In : Andrology. 6, 2, p. 362-373 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Testicular Cancer in Relation to Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome

Loveland, K. L., Rajpert-De Meyts, E. & Veeramachaneni, D. N. R., 2018, Comprehensive Toxicology. McQueen, C. A. (ed.). 3rd ed. Netherlands: Elsevier, Vol. 4. p. 147-164

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review