University of Adelaide

Darryl’s research focuses on the genes and mechanisms through which cells communicate and physically interact as they organise into tissue and organ structures. The ovary uniquely undergoes processes of structural redevelopment with each monthly reproductive cycle which is essential to fertility success. Darryl has identified key genes and their roles during bi-directional communication between the mammalian egg (oocyte) and its surrounding cells that ensure timely release of appropriately matured oocytes. This research has important applications for understanding infertility as well as for improving the efficiency of fertility treatments. The research also yields new fundamental understanding of the structural development of tissues and organs.