Kylie Dunning

Dr Kylie Dunning

ARC Senior Research Associate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Kylie Dunning is a Senior Research Associate within the Robinson Research Institute and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP). Kylie is a reproductive biologist with a particular interest utilising biophotonics to better understand the biology that underpins successful development of the oocyte and early embryo. Her research findings have led to a better understanding of the metabolic requirements in determining oocyte/embryo quality and pioneered the paradigm-shifting research describing the requirement for lipid metabolism by the oocyte and early embryo. She has an interest in using novel imaging techniques to non-invasively measure changes in cellular metabolism to predict oocyte and embryo health.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), Spark of Life: http://www.cnbp.org.au

ARC Senior Research Associate
Early Development group, led by A/Prof Jeremy Thompson: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/robinson-research-institute/researchers/group-leaders/thompson/

ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), Spark of Life: http://www.cnbp.org.au
Robinson Research Institute: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/robinson-research-institute/
Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS): http://www.adelaide.edu.au/ipas/

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 ARC Senior Research Associate University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2012 - 2016 ARC DECRA Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2011 NHMRC Research Associate University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2002 - 2003 Research Assistant Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2012 Award Most Outstanding Early Career Researcher Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Adelaide $3000
    2010 Award First Place, Trainee Research Award Society for the Study of Reproduction United States
    2010 Award First place, Young Investigator Award Women's and Children's Hospital Australia $10,000
    2010 Award Lalor Foundation Merit Award Lalor Foundation, Society for the Study of Reproduction United States
    2007 Award Robert Seamark Postgraduate Award University of Adelaide Australia
    2007 Award National Research Initiative (NRI) Merit Award United States Department of Agriculture, CSREES United States
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2008 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2002 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    2001 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science
  • Research Interests

2017 Robinson Research Institute Engaging Opportunities Grant The story telling and science of pregnancy loss. CIA H. Brown CIB K Dunning CIC C Roberts ($18,000)

2017 SRB Early Career Researcher Collaborative Research Award ($1500)

2017Robinson Research Institute Career Development Fellowship. CIA: K. Dunning, ($60,000)

2015 Robinson Research Institute Innovation Seed Funding Program. CIA: H. Brown, CIB: M. Nottle, CIC: K. Dunning, CID: K. Gatford. Preventing and Alleviating Infertility: Enabling the best start in life ($25,000)

2012-2017 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). Biomimetic systems for species preservation and fertility restoration ($375,000). CI K. Dunning Grant ID: DE120100304

2012  Channel 7 Children’s Foundation Research Grant [state-wide], CIA: L. Wu, CIB: K. Dunning, CIC: R. Robker, CID: R. Norman.”The impact of lipotoxicity in the ovaries and oocytes of obese women on embryo health” ($48,000)

2011  WCH Foundation Research Project Grant, CIA K. Dunning CIB R. Robker, CIC L. Hull “Modulating Lipid Metabolism to Improve the Growth of Follicles and Oocytes in vitro” ($50,000)

2011 Channel 7 Children’s Foundation Research Grant [state-wide], CIA: K. Dunning CIB: R Robker, Grant ID 11410, $35,000

2009 The Robinson Institute Early Career Research Grant, University of Adelaide ($10,000)

2014-2017                     Lecturer, Research Projects in Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide

2015                             Lecturer, Human Reproductive Health III, University of Adelaide

2010-2015                     Lecturer, Honours Program, School of Paediatrics & Reproductive Health; University of Adelaide

2006-2007                     Tutor, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) students, University of Adelaide

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Towards Automation of IVF Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Suliman Hassan Suliman Yagoub
    2017 Co-Supervisor Functional Role of Haemoglobin in the Pre-Implantation Embryo Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Megan Lim
    2017 Co-Supervisor Examining the Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicines to Manage Pregestational and Gestational Diabetes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Cheow Yuen Tan
  • Position: ARC Senior Research Associate
  • Phone: 83131013
  • Email: kylie.dunning@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo South, floor 2
  • Room: S2 33
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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