Associate Professor Mark Hedger, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow


Associate Professor Mark Hedger has worked in men’s reproductive health since completing his PhD at Monash University in 1984. Subsequently, Associate Professor Hedger received an NIH Visiting Fellowship to work in the Gamete Biology Section, Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology in the USA. In 1987, he returned to Melbourne to take up an Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Department of Anatomy at Monash University.

From 1991 until 1994, A/Prof Hedger was an NHMRC Wright Fellow at Monash Institute. In 1993, he was appointed an Institute Senior Scientist, and in 1996, Deputy Director of the Centre for Reproduction and Development. In 2001, he received an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship, a position he continues to hold. He received an Associate Professorial Fellowship through Monash Institute and Monash University’s Department of Physiology in 2003. He has published more than 100 scholarly reports and scientific papers, mostly in the fields of male reproductive endocrinology and immunology. His research was recognised as one of the NHMRC’s “10 of the Best” Research Projects in 2008.

A/Prof Hedger is a member of several Australian and International societies and is currently President of the Society for Reproductive Biology (2009 -2012). Other memberships include the Australian Society for Medical Research, National Association of Research Fellows, and the Australasian Society for Immunology, Endocrine Society of Australia, and the Society for the Study of Reproduction, the American Society of Andrology and the Endocrine Society (USA). He is the current President of the Society for Reproductive Biology (2009-2012).

A/Prof Hedger serves on the editorial boards of the journals Reproduction, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, and Andrologia, is a Section Editor for the Journal of Reproductive Immunology, and is an Associate Editor for Human Reproduction.


Selected publications

  • Nicolas N, Michel V, Bhushan S, Wahle E, Hayward S, Ludlow H, de Kretser DM, Loveland KL, Schuppe HC, Meinhardt A, Hedger MP and Fijak M (2017) Testicular activin and follistatin levels are elevated during the course of experimental autoimmune epididymo-orchitis in mice. Scientific Reports 7: 42391 (Epub 13/2/2017).

  • Michel V, Duan Y, Stoschek E, Bhushan S, Middendorff R, Young JM, Loveland KA, de Kretser DM, Hedger MP and Meinhardt A (2016)  Uropathogenic Escherichia coli cause fibrotic remodelling of the epididymis. Journal of Pathology 240: 15-24 (Epub 24/5/2016).

  • Michel V, Pilatz A, Hedger MP and Meinhardt A (2015)  Epididymitis: revelations at the convergence of clinical and basic sciences. Asian Journal of Andrology 17: 756-763 (Epub 23/6/2015). (Review)

  • Holdsworth-Carson SJ, Craythorn RG, Winnall WR, Dhaliwal K, Genovese R, Nowell CJ, Rogers PAW, de Kretser DM, Hedger MP and Girling JE (2015)  Follistatin is essential for the normal postnatal development and function of mouse oviduct and uterus. Reproduction, Fertility and Development 27: 985-999 (Epub 17/3/2014).

  • de Kretser DM, Bensley JG, Pettilä V, Linko R, Hedger MP, Hayward S, Allan C, McLachlan RI, Ludlow H and Phillips DJ (2013)  Serum activin A and B levels predict outcomes in patients with acute respiratory failure: a prospective cohort study. Critical Care 17: R263 (Epub 31/10/2013).

  • Hedger MP and de Kretser DM (2013)  The activins and their binding protein, follistatin – diagnostic and therapeutic targets in inflammatory disease and fibrosis. Cytokine and Growth Factor Reviews 24: 285-295 (Epub 29/3/2013). (Review)

  • Wu H, Chen Y, Winnall WR, Phillips DJ and Hedger MP (2012)  Acute regulation of activin A and its binding protein, follistatin, in serum and tissues following lipopolysaccharide treatment of adult mice. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology 303: R665-675 (Epub 1/8/2012).

  • Winnall WR, Wu H, Sarraj M, Rogers PAW, de Kretser DM, Girling JE and Hedger MP (2013)  Expression patterns of activin, inhibin and follistatin variants in the adult male mouse reproductive tract suggest important roles in the epididymis and vas deferens. Reproduction, Fertility and Development 25:570-580 (Epub 18/5/2012).

  • Hedger MP (2011)  Immunophysiology and pathology of inflammation in the testis and epididymis. Journal of Andrology 32: 625-640 (Epub 15/7/2011). (Review)

  • Winnall WR, Muir JA and Hedger MP (2011)  Rat resident testicular macrophages have an alternatively-activated phenotype and constitutively produce interleukin-10 in vitro. Journal of Leukocyte Biology 90: 133-143 (Epub 15/4/2011).