Renae Fernandez

Dr Renae Fernandez

Grant Funded Researcher (A)

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Having completed my PhD in 2017, I am now working as a postdoctoral researcher within the Life Course and Intergenerational Health Research Group, Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide.

My research focuses on maternal conditions during pregnancy, and prenatal and perinatal exposure to environmental factors and the consequences these have for child health and development.

I am currently involved in various projects relating reproductive epidemiology including:
- Health profiles and health services use of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Pregnancy and perinatal outcomes of children conceived using fertility treatments

My PhD research involved a series of epidemiological studies focusing on the consequences of women’s night shift work for infertility and reproductive outcomes.

My research interests include:

  • Reproductive epidemiology
  • Occupational epidemiology
  • Reproductive and intergenerational health
  • Environmental determinants of disease
  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 - ongoing Grant Funded Researcher University of Adelaide
    2018 - 2018 Career Development Fellow University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2018 Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2017 Assistant to the Co-Directors University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2017 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2017 PhD Candidate University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2012 Data Assistant University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2011 Research Assistant University of Western Australia, Perth
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Fellowship Robinson Research Institute Career Development Fellowship - - -
    2017 Scholarship 2017 Konrad Jamrozik Student Scholarship Public Health Association Australia SA Branch Australia -
    2017 Research Award Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide - -
    2015 Scholarship SafeWork SA Augusta Zadow Scholarship University of Adelaide - -
    2009 Scholarship Governor Sanderson Scholarship in Population Health (Dr Haruhisa Handa Leadership Scholarship Program) University of Western Australia - -
    2008 Award The CDJ Holman Prize for Excellence in Public Health University of Western Australia - -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2012 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2009 - 2010 University of Western Australia Australia MPH
    2004 - 2008 University of Western Australia Australia B.HlthSc
    2004 - 2008 University of Western Australia Australia B.Comm
  • Research Interests

Competitive Research Funding

State Competitive and Intramural Schemes

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2020 ARGCHDG-41 Davies M; Moore V; Rumbold A; Moore L; Giles L; Grzeskowiak L; Fernandez R; McElroy H; Olibris B; Wen S FND000790: MRFF- Accelerated Research - Congenital Heart Disease $3,041,594
2017 ORG122583 Fernandez R. NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Project Support Grant $13,700
2017   Fernandez R; Stark M; Moore V; Davies M. Robinson Research Institute, Innovation Seed Funding Program 2018 $23,723
2016   Davies M; Fernandez R; Gatford K; Varcoe T; Giles L; Moore V;  Kennaway D. Robinson Research Institute, Engaging Opportunities Program $9200
2016   Fernandez R. Healthy Development Adelaide Travel Grant $1000
2016   Fernandez R. Robinson Research Institute Travel Grant $1500
2016   Fernandez R. School of Medicine Research Travel Award $1854
2014 ORG97893 Fernandez R. SafeWork SA Augusta Zadow Scholarship $9483
2012   Fernandez R. Australian Postgraduate Award (3 year scholarship) $23,728/yr


University of Adelaide – School of Population Health
March 2015 – December 2017
Position: Assignment marking and exam supervision, second year undergraduate course – Experimental Research in Health Sciences (Advanced) II

July 2014 – November 2014
Position: Tutor, second year undergraduate course – Investigating Health and Disease in Populations II

July 2014 – November 2014
Position: Tutor (computer practical), postgraduate level course – Biostatistics

May 2013 – July 2013
Position: Tutor, one-on-one tutoring of a postgraduate student for Introduction to Biostatistics and Introduction to Epidemiology.

July 2012 – November 2013
Position: Tutor, first year undergraduate courses in Public Health – Public Health 1A (Semester 1 2013), Public Health 1B (Semester 2 2012, Semester 2 2013)

University of Western Australia – School of Population Health
August 2010 – November 2010
Position: Tutor, first year undergraduate unit in Public Health (PUBH1101)

  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - 2016 Member Organising committee, Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender Annual Symposium University of Adelaide -
    2014 - ongoing Treasurer Health Sciences Postgraduate Association (HeSPA) - -
    2013 - 2014 Secretary Health Sciences Postgraduate Association (HeSPA) - -
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2017 - ongoing Member Public Health Association Australia -
    2015 - ongoing - Fertility Society Australia -
    2014 - ongoing - DOHaD Society of Australian and New Zealand -
    2014 - ongoing - Health Development Adelaide -
    2012 - ongoing - Australasian Epidemiological Association -
    2012 - 2017 - Health Sciences Postgraduate Association -
  • Position: Grant Funded Researcher (A)
  • Phone: 83130152
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Old Classics Wing, floor Level Five
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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