If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


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 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 the Liebig Professorship in recognition of this role.

Professor Loveland is an editor for several specialist journals and is active in the Society for Study of Reproduction and the American Society for Andrology. She has over 150 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.

Research area keywords

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

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.


Developmental Events Affecting Male Fertility and Reproductive Pathologies

Loveland, K., Rajpert-De Meyts, E., Schuppe, H. C., Meinhardt, A., Almstrup, K., Jorgensen, A. & Guo, J.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Project: Research

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

Meinhardt, A., Loveland, K., Bhushan, S., Ellem, S. J., Hedger, M., O'Bryan, M., O'Donnell, L., Stanton, P., Risbridger, G., Baker, M. A., Hobbs, R., Loveland, B., Exintaris, B., Western, P., McLachlan, R., Whittaker, M., 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

Differential tissue-specific damage caused by bacterial epididymo-orchitis in the mouse

Klein, B., Bhushan, S., Gunther, S., Middendorff, R., Loveland, K., Hedger, M. & Meinhardt, A., 3 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Molecular Human Reproduction. 44 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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., 1 Jan 2019, In : Andrology. 7, 1, p. 31-41 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Dexamethasone improves therapeutic outcomes in a preclinical bacterial epididymitis mouse model

Klein, B., Pant, S., Bhushan, S., Kautz, J., Rudat, C., Kispert, A., Pilatz, A., Wijayarathna, R., Middendorff, R., Loveland, K., Hedger, M. & Meinhardt, A., 8 Jul 2019, In : Human Reproduction. 34, 7, p. 1195-1205 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Dynamic paraspeckle component localisation during spermatogenesis

Major, A. T., Hogarth, C. A., Young, J. C., Kurihara, Y., Jans, D. A. & Loveland, K. L., 1 Sep 2019, In : Reproduction. 158, 3, p. 267-280 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Interplay between Follistatin, Activin A, and BMP4 Signaling Regulates Postnatal Thymic Epithelial Progenitor Cell Differentiation during Aging

Lepletier, A., Hun, M. L., Hammett, M. V., Wong, K., Naeem, H., Hedger, M., Loveland, K. & Chidgey, A. P., 25 Jun 2019, In : Cell Reports. 27, 13, p. 3887–3901–e4 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)


Fuller W Bazer SSR International Scientist Award

Katherine Loveland (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Justus-Liebig Professorship

Katherine Loveland (Recipient), 2014

Prize: National/international honour

Justus-Liebig Professorship, renewal

Katherine Loveland (Recipient), 2019

Prize: National/international honour

Justus-Liebig Professorship, renewal

Katherine Loveland (Recipient), 2016

Prize: National/international honour