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Dr Liza O’Donnell is a senior researcher in the Centre of Reproductive Health at the Hudson. She joined the Prince Henry’s Institute (now Hudson Institute of Medical Research) in 1991 after completing an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology at RMIT Melbourne, and completed her PhD in 1996.

Dr O’Donnell studies the biology of the testis, including how it produces both sperm and androgens. Her work has focussed on the regulation of sperm production (spermatogenesis) by androgens and estrogens, the development of hormone-based male contraceptives, the role of cell adhesion proteins in spermatogenesis, cytoskeletal proteins important for sperm production, transgenic models of infertility, the regulation of foetal testis development, the process of spermiation (sperm release), the identification of genes and proteins essential for spermatogenesis and the development of biomarkers to diagnose testis function.

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

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Androgen regulation of spermiogenesis, MONASH UNIVERSITY

1 Jan 19931 Sept 1996

Award Date: 1 Dec 1996

Biotechnology, B App Sci, RMIT University


Award Date: 1 Dec 1990

Research area keywords

  • male fertility
  • Spermatogenesis
  • sperm development
  • Testis
  • male reproduction

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