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McLaughlin, Eileen (preferred pronouns are she/her)

Executive Dean

  • Executive Dean - Faculty Of Science, Medicine & Health
  • Conjoint Professor - University of Newcastle 2015 -
  • Honorary Professor - University of Auckland 2018 -
  • Adjunct Professor - Western Sydney University 2021 -


Professor McLaughlin’s academic career as post graduate and postdoctoral scientist was initiated at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at the University of Bristol UK (1987-1997) in human male reproduction. She went on to a second postdoctoral position (1997-2000) as a Wellcome Trust funded Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at University of Bristol in molecular genetics of male fertility.

In 2000, Professor McLaughlin held an academic position of Lecturer in the School of Clinical Sciences in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Bristol, UK before moving to CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems Australia where she was seconded to the Pest Animal Control CRC and worked on the development of virally vectored immunocontraceptives for feral animals.

She has expertise in cell and molecular biology, and internationally recognised for her work in assisted reproduction, environmental toxicology and developmental biology. She has published over 170 research articles, been cited >8000 times with H index 50 and has obtained more than Aus $36 million in competitive grant funding since migrating to Australia in 2001. Her work includes publications in the high impact factor journals: Cell, PNAS, The Lancet, Cell Stem Cell, FASEB J, Development, Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Developmental Biology. Professor McLaughlin has given over 70 invited presentations in the UK, France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, USA, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia.

She has successfully supervised 31 PhD, Masters and Honours students to completion in the past 15 years and currently supervise 2 PhD students. Her undergraduate teaching has been in the areas of biomedicine, developmental biology, biotechnology and biological sciences, including a decade as coordinator of first year biology courses.

She has served as a chair/member of Grant and Fellowship Review Panels for the ARC, NHMRC and is a past member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2012-15) and the Irish Research Council (2017-19) and is a current member of the ARC Medical Research Advisory Group (MRAG) panel.

In 2002 Professor McLaughlin was recruited to the University of Newcastle NSW as a Lecturer in Biological Sciences and promoted to Professor in 2010. Professor McLaughlin was Deputy Head of Faculty of Science and IT and Pro Vice Chancellor interim of Faculty of Science and IT. She was co-director of the Priority Research Centres in Chemical Biology and Reproductive Science.

Professor McLaughlin is a past Director of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland New Zealand, Executive Dean of Science and Technology at the University of Canberra and inaugural Dean of Science at Western Sydney University, Australia (2020). Her work was on xenobiotics and reproductive health was publicly profiled including by Science Show ABC Radio and TIME magazine.

She held high office as Chair of the British Andrology Society (1994-2000) and Chair of the Society for Reproductive Biology (2012-2015). Additionally she was a Director of the Journal of Reproduction & Fertility (Ltd.) (1996-2000) and Science and Technology Australia (2018-2020). She has served as a Committee member: British Fertility Society (1997-2000), Association of Clinical Embryologists (1995-2000), Society for Low Temperature Biology (1994-98), Society for Reproductive Biology Council and Programme Organizing Committee (2003-12).

In recognition of the impact of her research, she has been awarded the British Fertility Society FSA Prize (1997), the RCRH Society for Reproductive Biology, Award for Research Excellence (2013), the British Andrology Society Setchell Medal (2014) and the SRB Presidents Medal (2018).

Selected Publications

Education And Training

Selected Publications

Education And Training

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