A/Prof Robert Gilchrist is an oocyte biologist whose research encompasses basic and applied aspects of ovarian folliculogenesis, oocyte maturation and embryo development. Dr Gilchrist completed his D.Sc.Agr. (Magna cum laude) in 1996 at the University of Göttingen in Germany. He conducts basic discovery research on oocyte-somatic cell interactions as a determinant of subsequent embryonic development. Dr Gilchrist also manages an applied research program with the objectives of improving oocyte in vitromaturation (IVM) technologies in animals and women.