Sarah Robertson

Sarah Robertson, PhD, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

Professor Sarah Robertson graduated from the University of Adelaide with B.Sc. in 1983 and a Ph.D. in 1993. She is now Professor of Reproductive Bioscience, and Director of the Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide. Her research focus is the immune response to conception and pregnancy, and she strives to develop immune interventions to prevent pathologies of pregnancy such as miscarriage, preeclampsia and preterm delivery. She has collaborated with commercial partners to successfully commercialise her discovery of cytokine control of embryo development into new treatments for human reproductive medicine. Her work is funded by project grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, the Australian Research Council, The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Gates Foundation. Her research output includes more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers and reviews in high impact journals, with 3 patent families since 1991 and ISI H-index= 46. She is a member of The NHMRC Academy, a Fellow of the Society for Reproductive Biology, and has official roles in the Society for the Study of Reproduction (USA), and the International Council for Reproductive Immunology. She has supervised 22 PhD students and 29 Honours students. For the period of 2008-2013 she was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Reproductive Immunology and she is now a member of the Editorial Board of Reproduction and the Board of Consulting Editors of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.