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Rebecca Dragovic

Rebecca Dragovic

Rebecca Dragovic

BSc (Hons) PhD


Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Biography

I completed a BSc with first class honours (2003) at the University of Adelaide followed by a Masters in Medial Science (2006) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, supervised by Dr Robert Gilchrist and Prof David Armstrong, investigating the role of oocyte secreted factors using a mouse model. In 2007 I moved to the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to take charge of the flow cytometry facility in Prof Ian Sargent and Prof Chris Redman’s laboratory. During this time I obtained my Ph.D. (2011) in which I focused on characterising blood-derived microvesicles and exosomes in normal pregnancy and pre-eclampsia, using a range of techniques including flow cytometry and pioneered the use of Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) for this purpose.

After completing my Ph.D. I continued to work in the same laboratory as a post-doctoral researcher/flow cytometer operator and I also took on the role as deputy laboratory manager. For the past three years, I have worked closely with Dr Dionne Tannetta to isolate, fractionate and characterise human placental syncytiotrophoblast microvesicles and exosomes in normal pregnancy and pre-eclampsia using a dual placental perfusion model. I am also working together with Dr Ingrid Granne to investigate the role of human follicular fluid microvesicles and exosomes in fertility.

Recently, I have taken on the role as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow on the MSc. Clinical Embryology course working alongside Dr Kevin Coward and Miss Celine Jones.

 

Research Interests

-       Characterisation of placental syncytiotrophoblast extracellular vesicles in normal pregnancy and pre-eclampsia

-       Roles of follicular fluid extracellular vesicles in fertility