Moira O'Bryan graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1994, after which she was awarded an Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship to work at arguably the leading academic institute in the world for contraceptive development, The Population Council in New York. She was awarded both an Australian Research Council (ARC) post-doctoral Fellowship and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Peter Doherty Fellowship and returned to Australia in 1996 to work at Monash Institute of Medical Research (nee Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development), Monash University where she established a highly productive lab working on sperm development and the genetics of male infertility. Moira was awarded a NHMRC R.D. Wright Fellowship in 2001, a Monash University Senior post-doctoral Fellowship from the Faculty of Medicine in 2005 and NHMRC Senior Research Fellowships in 2006 and 2009. In 2009 Moira and her lab moved to the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology where she heads the “Male Infertility and Germ Cell Biology Laboratory” and is Deputy Head of Department.
Moira has received research based awards from the Australian Academy of Science, The Fertility Society of Australia, The Endocrine Society of Australia, and the Society for Reproductive Biology from whom she received the 2006 Research Centre for Reproductive Health Award for Excellence in Reproductive Biology. In 2008 she was named by the American Society of Andrology as “The Young Andrologist of the Year” and in 2010 she received the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence from Monash University. In 2013 she will present the International Lecture at the American Society of Andrology annual conference.
In addition to a strong commitment to research excellence, Moira has achieved a substantial track record for the promotion of science through her position as a past national director of The Australian Society for Medical Research. She has also made significant contributions to the infrastructure of Australian medical research through the establishment of The Australian Phenome Bank and the Australian Centre for Vertebrate Mutation Detection, the Monash Male Infertility Repository and the Australian Phenomics Network.
Focus of the Male Infertility and Germ Cell Biology Laboratory include: cilia/flagellar development and function, genetic causes of human infertility, DNA repair mechanisms, sperm head shaping and the transcriptional and translational control of germ cell expressed genes.