Sarah Moody

Sarah Moody

Degree

PhD student

Area of study

Fetal male germ cell development

Year of enrolment

2016

Why did you choose Hudson Institute and your research group?

I really enjoyed studying developmental biology and reproductive physiology during my undergraduate at Monash University. Following this, I ended up doing my Honours year with Professor Kate Loveland back in 2012. I really enjoyed my project, the research field and working within the lab. When I decided to do my PhD I knew that I wanted to stay in the reproduction field and work with Kate Loveland again.

What is your research about and what do you hope to achieve?

My research is looking at how male germ (sex) cells develop during fetal life. Correct germ cell development is essential for ongoing fertility and there is still much to understand about how they mature. I am particularly interested in how the germ cells respond to different signalling cues, particularly the TGFβ superfamily, within their somatic environment. Unpacking the role of different signalling pathways on germ cell development will hopefully lead to a greater understanding of how germ cells progress during fetal life, as well as potential vulnerabilities to their development that may lead to infertility or testicular germ cell tumours.

What is it like being a student at Hudson Institute?

Being a student at Hudson Institute is fantastic. We have access to various different technology platforms, which allows us to think about our project in a much broader way. There are also so many different fields of research and specialisations, which provides huge scope for collaboration. The environment and people at Hudson Institute are very welcoming and researchers are willing to share their knowledge on various techniques. It is a great place to learn and get excited about science.