Male Infertility and Germ Cell Biology Laboratory Group Leader
Deputy Head (Research), NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
Moira O'Bryan graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1994 (BSc(hons), PhD), after which she was awarded an Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship to work at The Population Council (Rockefeller University) in New York. She returned to Australian in 1996 as a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Peter Doherty Fellowship to work at Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development, Monash University where she established a highly productive lab working on sperm development and the genetics of male infertility. Since this time Moira has received numerous fellowships. She is currently a Professor, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and the Deputy Head of the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Monash University. The focus of her lab encompasses: sperm and cilia development and function, genetic causes of human infertility, the transcriptional and translational control of germ cell expressed genes and the implications for ‘reproductive' proteins on health broadly. She directs a multidisciplinary and highly collaborative research program spanning basic research and clinical medicine.
Moira has received research-based awards from the Australian Academy of Science, The Fertility Society of Australia, The Endocrine Society of Australia, and the Society for Reproductive Biology from whom she received the 2006 Research Centre for Reproductive Health Award for Excellence in Reproductive Biology. In 2008 she was named by the American Society of Andrology as "The Young Andrologist of the Year," and in 2010 she received the Dean's Award for Research Excellence from Monash University. In 2013 she was the International Lecture at the American Society of Andrology annual conference and in 2014 she will deliver the Anne McLaren Memorial Lecture for the Society for Reproduction and Fertility.
In addition to a strong commitment to research excellence, Moira has achieved a substantial track record for the promotion of science both nationally and internationally. She is a past national director of The Australian Society for Medical Research and a founding director of Australian Phenomics Network. She was also pivotal in the establishment/running of the Australian Centre for Vertebrate Mutation Detection, the Australian Phenome Bank and the Monash Male Infertility Repository. She is currently a member of the Australian Academy of Science "National Committee - Cellular and Developmental Biology".
She is also an active member of several Australian and International professional societies. She currently holds committee positions within several international societies including the American Society of Andrology, the Society for the Study of Reproduction, and the International Society of Andrology. Within the American Society of Andrology she has held committees positions including the program organzing committee (2011-12), public affairs and policy committee (2011-present), and the constitution and by-laws committee (2011-12). In 2010-11 she was the President of Women in Andrology. She is a current member of the ASA executive.