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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 2020

Research Output 1996 2017

Activin and follistatin interactions in the male reproductive tract: Activin expression and morphological abnormalities in mice lacking follistatin 288

Wijayarathna, R., Sarraj, M. A., Genovese, R., Girling, J. E., Michel, V., Ludlow, H., Loveland, K. L., Meinhardt, A., de Kretser, D. M. & Hedger, M. P. May 2017 In : Andrology. 5, 3, p. 578-588 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

An in vitro model demonstrates the potential of neoplastic human germ cells to influence the tumour microenvironment

Klein, B., Schuppe, H. -C., Bergmann, M., Hedger, M. P., Loveland, B. E. & Loveland, K. L. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Andrology.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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. 13 Oct 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Reproduction.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Cytokines in Male Fertility and Reproductive Pathologies: Immunoregulation and Beyond

Loveland, K. L., Klein, B., Pueschl, D., Indumathy, S., Bergmann, M., Loveland, B. E., Hedger, M. P. & Schuppe, H-C. 20 Nov 2017 In : Frontiers in Endocrinology. 8, 307

Research output: Other - peer-reviewReview Article

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