Macarena Bermudez Gonzalez

Macarena Bermudez Gonzalez

Research Officer

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I am currently a Postdoctoral researcher at the Ovarian Cell Biology Group, under the supervision of Prof. Rebecca Robker. The broad focus of my research is to understand how lifestyle factors such as obesity and ageing influence reproductive function. I am driven to conduct research that can be translated into outcomes such as better gamete quality and healthier embryos for couples affected by fertility problems.

I have a passion for teaching and research training, and have taken every opportunity to participate in student supervision during my candidature. I have had broad, multi-disciplinary research interests and education during my university studies, which have greatly influenced me in finding creative ways to solve problems and answer questions arising on my current research. This interdisciplinary aspect of my research interests allows me to effectively communicate and engage students within a diverse range of topics, as well as inciting their curiosity and interest in the biological sciences.

I strive now and in the future to conduct novel research and investigate my own original ideas, and in time I want to be able to build a creative research environment and be a group leader. I think the basis of this goal is to possess an understanding of a diverse range of academic skills, including research communication and leadership. Teaching and training are essential for the development of these skills, as the ability to harvest the full potential of a diverse team is key to achieve excellent research outcomes.

I believe that the dissemination of scientific knowledge and training of students is paramount to ensure a healthy future not only for the University, but for the broader community of South Australia.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Ovarian Cell Biology Group, under the supervision of Prof. Rebecca Robker. The broad focus of my research is to understand how lifestyle factors such as obesity and ageing influence reproductive function. I am driven to conduct research that can be translated into outcomes such as better gamete quality and healthier embryos for couples affected by fertility problems.

I have a passion for teaching and research training, and have taken every opportunity to participate in student supervision during my candidature. I have had broad, multi-disciplinary research interests and education during my university studies, which have greatly influenced me in finding creative ways to solve problems and answer questions arising on my current research. This interdisciplinary aspect of my research interests allows me to effectively communicate and engage students within a diverse range of topics, as well as inciting their curiosity and interest in the biological sciences.

I strive now and in the future to conduct novel research and investigate my own original ideas, and in time I want to be able to build a creative research environment and be a group leader. I think the basis of this goal is to possess an understanding of a diverse range of academic skills, including research communication and leadership. Teaching and training are essential for the development of these skills, as the ability to harvest the full potential of a diverse team is key to achieve excellent research outcomes.

I believe that the dissemination of scientific knowledge and training of students is paramount to ensure a healthy future not only for the University, but for the broader community of South Australia.

Research funding

  • 2018: Gonzalez, M. (CI), Rose R. (AI), Barry M. (AI), Robker, R. (AI). Protecting sperm quality during semen processing prior to ART. Robinson Research Institute Seed funding.
  • 2017: Robker, R. (CI); Gonzalez, M. (AI), Shoubridge, S. (AI); 2018. Role of parental age on offspring health. Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation.

Research commercialization

  • Gonzalez, M. and Robker, R. 2018. Methods and Products for Improving Sperm Quality. AU Patent Application 2017903857 filed September 2017.

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2019: Robinson Research Institute Travel grant.
  • 2019: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences International travel award.
  • 2019: The Society for the Study of Reproduction Travel award
  • 2019: Robinson Research Institute Exchange Program.
  • 2018: Finalist for the Oozoa Award at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology (ESA-SRB) in Adelaide, SA.
  • 2018: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Travel Award 2018.
  • 2017: Finalist for the Oozoa Award at ESA-SRB in Perth, WA.
  • 2017: Best Poster Presentation Student Award at the Annual Meeting for the Society for the Study of Reproduction in Washington D.C., USA.
  • 2017: Healthy Development Adelaide Travel Grant 2017.
  • 2017: Society for Reproductive Biology Best Poster Presentation Student Award 2017 (2nd place)
  • 2017: Lalor Foundation Merit Fellowship; Larry Ewing Trainee Travel Fund.
  • 2016: School of Medicine Travel Award 2016.
  • 2016: The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia, the Society for Reproductive Biology and the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society 2016 student travel award.
  • 2016: The Robinson Research Institute Travel Award.
  • 2015: The Robinson Research Institute Travel Award.
  • 2015: Healthy Development Adelaide Travel Award.
  • 2015: Research Abroad Scholarship 2015.
  • 2015: Selected for the Frontiers in Reproduction course held at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, USA and awarded the MBL Summer Scholarship.
  • 2014: School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health’s Postgraduate student representative award for service to the school.
  • 2014: The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology 2014 student travel award.
  • 2014: The Robinson Research Institute and School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health travel award.
  • 2014: Centre for Research Excellence on the origins, outcomes and optimal management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome PhD top-up scholarship.
  • 2013: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Divisional PhD scholarship.
  • 2008: Undergraduate Student International Exchange program Full-fee scholarship from the University of Granada.
  • Position: Research Officer
  • Phone: 83130265
  • Email: macarena.bermudezgonzalez@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 5
  • Room: WS5050.01
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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