Dr Nadia Bellofiore

Dr Nadia Bellofiore recieved her PhD in reproductive physiology from Monash University in 2018. During her degree, she  made a breakthrough discovery; identifying a novel menstruating species, the spiny mouse. She is currently the world expert in this area, and continues to work as a post-doctoral early career researcher in the field of women’s reproductive health at Hudson Institute of Medical Research with this fascinating species.

There are only a handful of mammals in the world which naturally menstruate and most are higher order primates. This hinders our ability to significantly advance research into very human-specific disorders of menstruation. Dr Bellofiore’s research focuses on fundamental biological discovery in the spiny mouse and determining their future applications for translational fertility and pregancy studies.

Dr Bellofiore’s current studies focus on developing a preclinical model of IVF, contraceptive drug screening, early fetal and placental development and maternal immune activation during pregnancy.

Selected publications

  • Bellofiore N and Evans J (2019) Monkeys, mice and menses: the bloody anomaly of the spiny mouse. J Assist Reprod Genet, 5: 1-7.

  • Bellofiore N, Temple-Smith P, Evans J (2018) Altered exploratory behaviour and increased food intake in the spiny mouse before menstruation:  a unique pre-clinical model for examining premenstrual syndrome. Hum Reprod, 34(2):308-322.

  • Bellofiore N, Rana S, Cousins F, Dickinson H, Temple-Smith P, Evans J (2018)  Characterisation of human-like menstruation in the spiny mouse:  comparative studies with the human and induced mouse model. Hum Reprod, 33(9):1715-1726.

  • Bellofiore N, Cousins F, Temple-Smith P, Dickinson H, Evans J (2018) A missing piece:  the spiny mouse and the puzzle of menstruating species. J Mol Endocrinol, 61(1):R25-R41. Review.

  • Bellofiore N, Ellery SJ, Mamrot J, Walker DW, Temple-Smith P, Dickinson H (2017) First evidence of a menstruating rodent:  the spiny mouse (Acomys cahirinus). Am J Obstet Gynecol, 216(1):40.e1-40.e11.