Chris O’Neill is Professor for Reproductive and Developmental Medicine, Sydney Medical School, Northern. He is a member of the Kolling Institute for Medical Research, The Bosch Institute and the Charles Perkins Centre.
He obtained both his B.Sc.(hon) and PhD from the University of Newcastle, NSW. He is President of the Society for Reproductive Biology, is a past member of the NHMRC’s Embryo Research Licensing Committee, the founder of the Sydney Reproduction Forum, and the inaugural co-leader of Sydney Medical School Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Research theme .
Chris pioneered many aspects of human assisted reproductive technologies, including the earliest validation studies of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, the first intracytoplasmic sperm injection in Australia and the first published RCTs of human ART media formulations. His discovered the autocrine basis for early embryo development, and has undertaken extensive analysis of the basis of signal transduction and the control of gene expression in the early embryo. His current research focuses of the basic developmental biology of the early embryo and embryonic stem cells, with particular interests in the initiation of gene expression from the new embryonic genome, epigenetic reprogramming of the early embryo, the control of onset of pluripotency and differentiation, and the developmental origins of disease.
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