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Dr Ellery is an NHMRC Peter Doherty Early Career Research Fellow, with a primary interest in uteroplacental and fetal energy homeostasis during pregnancy. She completed her PhD at The Ritchie Centre, Monash University Australia, in February of 2015. The focus of her PhD studies was an investigation of the adverse outcomes of intrapartum asphyxia on renal function, together with an evaluation of prenatal [maternal] administration of creatine to protect the fetal/neonatal kidney. During these studies, Dr Ellery identified maternal adaptations to creatine homeostasis during pregnancy, suggesting this is an essential pathway for buffering the fluctuating energy demands of the developing placenta and fetus.

Stacey’s fellowship is extending the work completed during her PhD, but with a focus on maternal nutrition, placentology, factors leading to fetal growth deficiencies and energy homeostasis during pregnancy. She is currently investigating whether adjustments to maternal diet and creatine availability can improve outcomes in pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia, fetal growth retardation, preterm birth, and intrapartum asphyxia.

To achieve this, Dr Ellery has developed a research program that includes retrospective and prospective clinical studies as well as the use of numerous animal models (spiny mouse, sheep, rhesus macaque). This program comprises international teams of clinicians (neonatologists, pediatric radiologists and developmental therapists) and laboratory-based (biomedical scientists, neuroscientists and analytical chemists) across Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Education/Academic qualification

Obstetrics, PhD

Award Date: 24 Feb 2015

Biomedical Science, BBioMedSc (Hons), Deakin University

Award Date: 31 Oct 2010

Research area keywords

  • hypoxia
  • Neonatal brain injury
  • nutrition
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy disorders
  • Fetal Physiology

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Research Output

The Effects of Early-Onset Pre-Eclampsia on Placental Creatine Metabolism in the Third Trimester

Ellery, S. J., Murthi, P., Gatta, P. A. D., May, A. K., Davies-Tuck, M. L., Kowalski, G. M., Callahan, D. L., Bruce, C. R., Wallace, E. M., Walker, D. W., Dickinson, H. & Snow, R. J., 26 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 21, 3, 14 p., 806.

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Open Access

Creatine and pregnancy outcomes, a prospective cohort study in low-risk pregnant women: Study protocol

De Guingand, D. L., Ellery, S. J., Davies-Tuck, M. L. & Dickinson, H., 1 Jan 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 1, 6 p., e026756.

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Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Disrupted placental serotonin synthetic pathway and increased placental serotonin: Potential implications in the pathogenesis of human fetal growth restriction

Ranzil, S., Ellery, S., Walker, D. W., Vaillancourt, C., Alfaidy, N., Bonnin, A., Borg, A., Wallace, E. M., Ebeling, P. R., Erwich, J. J. & Murthi, P., 1 Sep 2019, In : Placenta. 84, p. 74-83 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Dysregulation of the placental renin–angiotensin system in human fetal growth restriction

Delforce, S. J., Lumbers, E. R., Ellery, S. J., Murthi, P. & Pringle, K. G., Sep 2019, In : Reproduction. 158, 3, p. 237-245 9 p.

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1st Prize Basic Science

Ellery, Stacey (Recipient), 2015

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Ellery, Stacey (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Ellery, Stacey (Recipient), 2014

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Australian Postgraduate Award

Ellery, Stacey (Recipient), 2010

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Best 3rd year PhD Presentation

Ellery, Stacey (Recipient), 2013

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Press / Media

Food for Thought - Gym Junkie Hope for Premature Bubs

Stacey Ellery


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Creatine: what is it and should we supplement our diets with it?

Stacey Ellery


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment