Researcher

Dr Angelique Helena Villafana-Riepsamen

Fields of Research (FoR)

Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Reproduction, Fertility

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Biography

Dr Riepsamen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology within the School of Women’s & Children’s Health and Fertility & Research Centre at the University of NSW, Sydney. Prior to this, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Translational Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research Group at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute from 2011-2014. Dr Riepsamen was awarded...view more

Dr Riepsamen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology within the School of Women’s & Children’s Health and Fertility & Research Centre at the University of NSW, Sydney. Prior to this, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Translational Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research Group at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute from 2011-2014. Dr Riepsamen was awarded her PhD in Molecular Genetics in 2011, and Master in Reproductive Medicine in 2014.

Angelique is also the Scientific Representative of the Fertility & Research Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women, the Early Career Academic (ECA) Sub-Committee Representative for the School of Women’s and Children’s Health, Faculty of Medicine, the Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the Society of Reproductive Biology, and an Early Career Researcher (ECR) Mentor for both the UNSW Talented Student Project and Undergraduate Research Impact Symposium, and is an advocate for greater diversity and equity for women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine).


My Qualifications

  • PhD, Molecular Genetics, University of Wollongong (UOW), NSW, and The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom (2007-2011)
  • MRepMed, University of NSW (UNSW), Sydney (2012-2013)
  • BBiotech (Adv, Hons I), UOW, NSW (2002-2006)

My Awards

  • Presidential Poster Award for Best Reproductive Endocrinology poster at ENDO2019, USA, 2019
  • FSA-ESHRE Exchange Award for Best Scientific Presentation the FSA Scientific Meeting, 2018
  • School of Women's and Children's Health, UNSW Postgraduate Teaching Award – Highly Commended, 2018 & 2016
  • Early Career Researcher Travel Award, SWCH, University of New South Wales, 2015
  • Hudson Institute of Medical Research 'Award for Excellence' Nominated finalist for best Mid-Career Researcher poster at the Society for Reproductive Biology Annual Meeting, 2015
  • International Society for Mild Approaches in Assisted Reproduction’s Best Oral Free Communication, 2014

My Research Activities

I specialise in clinical, translational research in the areas of reproductive medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, endocrinology, population health, genetics, and molecular & developmental biology. My research focuses on improving reproductive, maternal and neonatal health outcomes. This is achieved through high quality, innovative and translational research, performed in collaboration with national and international world-leading scientists, health professionals and industry partners.

I am passionate about molecular research with clinically applicable outcomes, as well as the implementation and promotion of evidence-based medicine. Towards this, I have been involved with many clinically-focused projects, including studies of novel biomarkers of infertility and ovarian physiology; ovarian cancer; post-partum haemorrhage and uterine contraction; venous thromboprophylaxis; oxytocin administration during labour; epigenetics of early development; and also contributed to studies of community and intergenerational genetics, and the effect of surgical conditions on the peritoneum using an animal model.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

My current research focuses on develop novel methods to quantitate oocyte-secreted factors in human serum; leading a clinical research program investigating these oocyte-secreted factors as biomarkers in reproductive pathologies, including infertility, PCOS, premature ovarian insufficiency, menopause, as well as markers of ovarian quantity and quality following chemotherapy. 

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Location

Level 4E
Wallace Wurth Building
UNSW 2052

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Contact

(02) 9385 3552
(02) 9382 6444