Tanja Jankovic-Karasoulos

Dr Tanja Jankovic-Karasoulos

Post Doctoral Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Medicine, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the Robinson Research Institute. My current research involves characterisation of molecular processes involved in placental development across gestation and how these are disrupted in pregnancy complications. Defects in placentation, characterised by impaired placental trophoblast cell invasion and poor remodelling of the maternal uterine spiral arterioles, significantly contribute to pregnancy complications including preeclampsia (PE), intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and preterm labour. Currently there is little in routine clinical practice that monitors the health of the placenta. My research is focussed on defining the human placental transcriptome and epigenome, and determining the molecular regulation of key pregnancy processes, including normal placental trophoblast invasion and placental function. I have established a primary trophoblast cell culture model, and together with my expertise with ex-vivo tissue culture explant models, I am able to perform gene functional studies in human trophoblasts from both uncomplicated and complicated pregnancies. These studies aim to identify potential therapeutic targets and biomarkers of pregnancy complications.

I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Medicine, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the Robinson Research Institute. My current research involves characterisation of molecular processes involved in placental development across gestation and how these are disrupted in pregnancy complications. Defects in placentation, characterised by impaired placental trophoblast cell invasion and poor remodelling of the maternal uterine spiral arterioles, significantly contribute to pregnancy complications including preeclampsia (PE), intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and preterm labour. Currently there is little in routine clinical practice that monitors the health of the placenta. My research is focussed on defining the human placental transcriptome and epigenome, and determining the molecular regulation of key pregnancy processes, including normal placental trophoblast invasion and placental function. I have established a primary trophoblast cell culture model, and together with my expertise with ex-vivo tissue culture explant models, I am able to perform gene functional studies in human trophoblasts from both uncomplicated and complicated pregnancies. These studies aim to identify potential therapeutic targets and biomarkers of pregnancy complications.

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Factors associated with placenta accreta across gestation with a focus on placental differentiation Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Miss Rasika Ranjani Samaranayake
    2018 Co-Supervisor The effect of micronutrients in oxidative stress, proliferation and apoptosis in placenta Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nahal Habibi
    2018 Co-Supervisor Impact of Maternal Micronutrient Deficiency on Placental Function and Pregnancy Outcome Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Martha Menberu
  • Position: Post Doctoral Fellow
  • Phone: 83131506
  • Email: tanja.jankovic-karasoulos@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Room: WS6062.49
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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