Determining embryo health with biophotonics: An interdisciplinary approach
Dr Kylie Dunning, Hospital Research Foundation Fellow, The Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Australia
Dr Kylie Dunning heads the Reproductive Success Group within the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She has made seminal and internationally renowned contributions to reproductive biology that have advanced fundamental knowledge in ovarian follicle development, oocyte maturation and preimplantation embryo development. She is an emerging leader and trailblazer in transdisciplinary research, expanding her expertise to incorporate microfabrication, biophotonics, imaging platforms and artificial intelligence to better understand the mechanisms underpinning healthy oocyte and early embryo development. Dr Dunning’s transdisciplinary expertise is best illustrated by her multi-faceted studies of embryo development and metabolism, in which she has uniquely capitalised on the use of advanced optical analyses to develop a non-invasive technology to diagnose both the presence and location of aneuploid cells within the developing embryo. In recognition of research excellence, she has received numerous prestigious awards including the Newcastle Emerging Leader Award 2019 (Society for Reproductive Biology, AU/NZ), the 2020 South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year and a 2022 Rising Star Award (Society for the Study of Reproduction, USA).