Neonatology, Paediatric Endocrinology
Victoria University of Wellington
Ken Mcnatty is professor of school of biological science
Elucidating the genetic and molecular mechanisms by which mammals such as rodents, rabbits, possums and ruminants generate gametes for the production of viable off-spring. Identifying the roles that somatic cells play in regulating the nutritional and energy requirements of germ cells and to elucidate the environmental influences that either enhance or retard these processes. Determining the effect(s) of environmental contaminants, toxins, carcinogens and novel biological extracts on reproductive function using in vivo and/or in vitro bioassays. Applying state-of-the-art biotechnologies to enhance and/or protect fertility of our endangered/valued species and to develop humane biocontrol methods for species that threaten our environment and economy. These technologies may include development of new diagnostics for monitoring fertility, environmental contaminants and reagents (e.g. recombinant hormones and/or vaccines) for enhancing or reducing fertility.