Editorial Board


Reproduction and Fertility is recently launched, and as such the Editorial Board is continuing to grow.

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Andrew Horne

Andrew Horne, PhD FRCOG FRCP Edin
Professor of Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences at The MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, UK
Professor Horne’s research interests include understanding the causes of ectopic pregnancy and investigating novel methods for treatment, as well as investigating the aetiology, and researching novel treatment approaches, of persistent pelvic pain and endometriosis.

Norah Spears

Norah Spears, D Phil
Professor of Reproductive Physiology at the Centre for Integrative Physiology, University of Edinburgh, UK
Her interests focus on gonadal development, particularly the ovary. Current research is as part of Edinburgh Fertility Preservation, investigating how chemotherapy treatment can affect the gonads: for young people, effects of cancer treatment on fertility are of great concern, yet the primary site of action of chemotherapeutic drugs on the gonads is still unknown, hampering the development of treatments to mitigate these adverse effects.

Rohan Chodankar

Rohan Chodankar, MD
Early Career and Media

Clinical Research Fellow, Deanery of Clinical Sciences, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr Chodankar is a Specialty Trainee in Obstetrics & Gynaecology working at NHS Lothian. He is also pursuing a higher research degree at the University of Edinburgh which is focused on Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB). His interests include AUB, chronic pelvic pain and minimally invasive surgical techniques to manage these conditions.

Mathew Leonardi

Mathew Leonardi, MD
Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, and Media

Gynaecological surgeon and sonologist, McMaster University, Canada; University of Sydney, Australia
Assistant Professor Leonardi is a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon and sonologist at McMaster University in Canada. He is simultaneously finishing his PhD at the University of Sydney, which is focused on the utility of ultrasound in the diagnosis and surgical management of endometriosis. He serves on the Next Generation Committee for the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. His clinical and research interests include pelvic pain and endometriosis, diagnostic imaging in gynecology, and surgery.

Raymond Li

Raymond Li, PhD
IVF (Clinical) and Clinical Endocrinology

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr Li is a Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine. He is currently Clinical Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Hong Kong. He is also Honorary Medical Consultant, The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong. He has been serving as Chair of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Committee, Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG) since 2017. His clinical and research interests are in reproductive endocrinology, subfertility and family planning.

Sarah Martins da Silva

Sarah Martins da Silva, PhD
Male Reproduction (Clinical)

Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Dundee, UK

Amanda de Mestre

Amanda de Mestre, BVSc (hons) PhD
Veterinary Reproductive Medicine

Reader in Reproductive Immunology, The Royal Veterinary College, London, UK
Dr de Mestre’s research interests include early placental development, the immune response in pregnancy and identification and characterisation of underlying causes of both early pregnancy loss and abortion in the mare. Her recent and current research projects have applied molecular, genetic, epidemiological techniques to describe risk factors for pregnancy loss, provided the first description of aneuploid pregnancies associated with early pregnancy loss in the mare and defined other genetic (SNPs) and developmental defects that compromise an equine pregnancy via interfering with fetal development. Current studies are also investigating the underlying pathology and risk factors for umbilical cord torsion that leads to fetal death, the most common cause of abortion in the mare in the UK. This research is intended to lead to new diagnostic tests that can be applied in the management of breeding mares and also has implications for understanding underlying mechanisms of pregnancy loss in other species including women.

Brett Nixon

Brett Nixon, PhD
Male Reproduction (Basic and Translational Sciences)

Senior Research Fellow of National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia; Co-Director, Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science, University of Newcastle, Australia
Professor Nixon’s research interests focus on understanding the mechanistic basis of male germ cell development. He has conducted research activity at the basic biology / clinical andrology interface, providing insights into how spermatozoa acquire the functional competence to engage in fertilization, and how this process becomes so dramatically disrupted in cases of male infertility. Through the study of model species as diverse as crocodiles, platypus and humans, his ongoing research has broad application for the diagnosis of sperm dysfunction, the design of novel therapeutic intervention strategies to alleviate the burden of male infertility, and assisted reproductive strategies for wildlife conservation.

Cecilia Sjoblom

Cecilia Sjoblom, PhD
IVF (Embryology)

Scientific Director Associate Professor, Westmead Fertility Centre, University of Sydney, Australia
Associate Professor Cecilia Sjoblom has over 23 years of experience in the field of ART. She trained and was awarded her PhD in embryology at Göteborg University, Sweden in collaboration with the University of Adelaide. She later worked in the UK before joining Westmead Fertility Centre and the University of Sydney. With her considerable expertise and knowledge, A/Prof Sjoblom is frequently called on to help improve laboratory conditions, QA/QC and the quality management systems resulting in improved success rates of fertility clinics around the world. In her role as Scientific Director at Westmead Fertility Centre, she directs the Embryology team and heads the Early Embryo Development and Epigenetics research group.

Kirsty Walters

Kirsty Walters, PhD
Female Reproduction (Basic and Translational Sciences)

Senior Lecturer in Women’s and Children’s Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia
Associate Professor Walters’ research interests include understanding the mechanisms regulating female reproductive biology, endocrinology and physiology. In particular, her research has focused on understanding the role androgens play in regulating female fertility and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Findings from this research is aimed at identifying therapeutic targets for improved treatment of female infertility and the wide range of adverse metabolic health issues associated with PCOS.

Adam Watkins

Adam Watkins, PhD
Environmental Effects on Reproduction, Development and Offspring Health

Assistant Professor in Reproductive Biology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK
Dr Watkins’ research interests focus on the connection between parental diet, gamete quality, preimplantation embryo development and offspring cardio-metabolic health in mice models. Dr Watkins’ current research is on understanding how a father’s diet at the time of conception impacts on sperm epigenetic status and testicular function, preimplantation embryo development, fetal growth and placental function. The intention of this research is to provide better information for intending fathers on how their lifestyle may affect the quality of their sperm and the health of their offspring.

Nick Wheelhouse

Nick Wheelhouse, PhD
Reproductive Infectious Diseases

Lecturer, School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Dr Wheelhouse’s research interests focus upon understanding the role of bacterial pathogens in pregnancy loss within people and livestock. His current research includes studying the routes of transmission of bacterial zoonoses in livestock-rearing communities within sub-Saharan Africa and investigations into the potential effects of bacteria on steroid hormone action in the uterus.

Suzannah Williams

Suzannah Williams, PhD
Lay Editor

Principal Investigator/Research Group Leader; Lead of Ovarian Research for the Oxford Future Fertility Trust, Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Williams works in the field of ovarian physiology with a focus on ovarian dysfunction, primary ovarian insufficiency and fertility preservation using a variety of models including mice, sheep and rats. She manages a multidisciplinary research programme and leads the human female fertility preservation research (Future Fertility Trust) and also the Rhino Fertility Project. The overarching aim of her research is to develop techniques for fertility preservation for girls and women and also endangered species. She also has a strong interest in scientific communication.

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