NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Officer
School of Biomedicine
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
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Dr. Katja Hummitzsch is a Senior NHMRC Research Associate in the Ovarian Developmental Group of Prof. Raymond Rodgers. Her current work focuses on novel aspects of ovarian development [characterisation of a fetal precursor cell (GREL cell), the role of stroma in the development of the ovarian surface epithelium], and the fetal origins of polycystic ovary syndrome, as well as the relationship between steroidogenesis, oxidative stress and antioxidants in bovine granulosa cells.
Her research findings have led to a new model of how the mammalian ovary develops and to the identification of a novel ovarian precursor cell for granulosa and surface epithelial cells, called Gonadal Ridge Epithelial-like (GREL) cell. YouTube video showing the formation of the ovary as a comic:
Date Position Institution name 2009 - ongoing NHMRC Research Associate The University of Adelaide 2001 - 2002 Student Assistant for First Year Biochemistry Degree University of Leipzig
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2021 Fellowship Career Development Fellowship Robinson Research Institute Australia $100,000 2021 Award Seed Grant And Project Support CRE WHiRL Australia $13,250 2021 Award Building On Ideas Robinson Research Institute Australia $5,000 2013 Award Cook Medical Travel Award $5,000 2006 Award 4th Prize at the Biotechnology Symposium Germany
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2005 - 2009 University of Leipzig Germany Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry 2000 - 2005 University of Leipzig Germany German Diploma Biochemistry
Date Title Institution name Country 2000 Medical Technical Laboratory Assistant Medical School, Chemnitz Germany
Year Citation 2019 Hummitzsch, K., Irving-Rodgers, H., Schwartz, J., & Rodgers, R. J. (2019). Development of the Mammalian Ovary and Follicles. In P. Leung, & E. Adashi (Eds.), The Ovary (3 ed., pp. 71-82). United Kingdom: Academic press.
Year Citation 2011 Irving-Rodgers, H., Hatzirodos, N., Hummitzsch, K., Lee, S., Bonner, W., Sabatier, L., . . . Rodgers, R. J. (2011). Expression of Fibrillins, Latent TGFbeta Binding Proteins and TGFbetas in the Bovine Fetal Ovary. In BIOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION Vol. 85 (pp. 2 pages). Portland, OR: SOC STUDY REPRODUCTION. 2009 Tsikolia, N., Hummitzsch, K., Sass, K., Spanel-Borowski, K., & Ricken, A. (2009). Fetal Leydig precursor cells are strongly positive for KIT. In REPRODUCTION IN DOMESTIC ANIMALS Vol. 44 (pp. 37-38). Leipzig, GERMANY: WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC. 2007 Erdmann, S., Ricken, A., Hummitzsch, K., & Spanel-Borowski, K. (2007). Increase in extracellular procathepsin D levels by cytokines: a possible mechanism to gain influence on endothelial cells?. In EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CELL BIOLOGY Vol. 86 (pp. 47). Johann Wolfgang Goethe Univ Frankfurt, Frankfurt, GERMANY: ELSEVIER GMBH, URBAN & FISCHER VERLAG. 2007 Hummitzsch, K., Ricken, A., Kloss, D., Erdmann, S., Rothermel, A., Robitzki, A., & Spanel-Borowski, K. (2007). Granulosa cell spheroids provide a better model for luteinization than monolayers. In EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CELL BIOLOGY Vol. 86 (pp. 27). Johann Wolfgang Goethe Univ Frankfurt, Frankfurt, GERMANY: ELSEVIER GMBH, URBAN & FISCHER VERLAG.
Grants and Funding
Robinson Research Institute Career Development Fellowship
CRE WHiRL Seed Grant and Project Support
Robinson Research Institute Building On Ideas Grant
|2013||Cook Medical Travel Award||$5,000|
Robinson Institute Travel Grant
SRB Early Career Researcher Registration Subsidy
|2011||Research Centre for Reproductive Health Travel Grant||$500|
3007MSC Histology for Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science [accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)], Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland; Lecture "Female Reproductive Tract" and Laboratory Demonstrating "H&E staining and tissue section evaluation"
|2014||Research Project in Reproductive Health, The University of Adelaide, Lecture "Presenting research results – figures, tables & text"|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2021 Co-Supervisor Aneuploidy of oocytes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Feng Tang 2020 Co-Supervisor Meiotic Drive and Chromosome Segregation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Feng Tang 2019 Co-Supervisor Genetic and fetal origins of polycystic ovary syndrome Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Rafiatu Azumah
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Studies of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Candidate Genes and the Developing Fetal Ovary Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Menghe Liu 2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor The Development of Bovine Fetal Ovary and Its Relationship with Reproductive Disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Monica Dwi Hartanti
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2014 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Fibrillin 3 and its regulation during fetal ovarian development The University of Adelaide Honours Nicole Anne Bastian
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2019 - 2019 Member Organising Committee for New Frontiers for a Healthy Start to Life Conference Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2021 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide Australia 2020 - ongoing Member Reproductive Health Australia Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Faculty of 1000 United Kingdom 2014 - 2015 Member International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 2012 - ongoing Member Society of Reproductive Biology 2009 - 2010 Member Australian Society for Medical Research
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2015 - ongoing Editor Frontiers in Endocrinology Frontiers Switzerland
Date Office Name Institution Country 2021 - 2021 Postgraduate Coordinator (AHMS Precinct) The University of Adelaide Australia
Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice
Date Title Type Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Human Reproduction Peer Review N/A 2019 - ongoing International Journal of Molecular Sciences Peer Review N/A 2018 - ongoing Animal Reproductive Science Peer Review N/A 2017 - 2017 Research Project Reviewer for Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences Thesis Review Griffith University 2017 - ongoing Theriogenology Peer Review N/A 2017 - ongoing Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces Peer Review N/A 2017 - ongoing Reproductive Health Peer Review N/A 2017 - ongoing Frontiers in Endocrinology, Section Genomic Endocrinology Peer Review N/A 2016 - ongoing American Journal of Physiology – Cell Physiology Peer Review N/A 2016 - ongoing Endocrinology Peer Review N/A 2015 - ongoing Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry Peer Review N/A 2015 - ongoing Cell & Tissue Research Peer Review N/A 2014 - ongoing BMC Developmental Biology Peer Review N/A 2014 - 2014 Review of submitted abstracts for 9th International Ruminant Reproduction Symposium, Japan Conference Review N/A 2014 - ongoing Honours Thesis Reviewer for Paediatrics and Reproductive Health Thesis Review The University of Adelaide 2014 - ongoing Molecular Human Reproduction Peer Review N/A 2012 - ongoing Reproduction, Fertility and Development Peer Review N/A 2010 - ongoing Reproduction Peer Review N/A 2010 - ongoing Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology Peer Review N/A
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