A. Prof Christopher Grupen
2017 (May round)
A/Prof Chris Grupen’s research focusses on understanding the acquisition of mammalian oocyte quality, and the in vitro production of embryos from oocytes of juvenile farm animals. In addition, the production of offspring of pre-determined gender using sex-sorted semen and marker assisted selection in pig breeding systems. This grant-in-aid will enable me to present my original research findings at the Fourth World Congress of Reproductive Biology (WCRB2017), being held in Okinawa, Japan, in late-September. In addition, to visit for two weeks colleagues at the Animal Breeding and Reproduction Research Division of the NARO Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Tsukuba. Over my stay I will present a seminar on my research and exchange ideas, develop a collaborative project plan, and commence preparation of a grant application for funding from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). During the two week visit, I will also meet with other researchers at the Institute, tour the lab facilities, and observe demonstrations of the latest equipment and procedures in genetic manipulation that may be useful additions to my group’s research “tool kit”.