Researcher

Dr Dulama Richani

My Expertise

Reproductive biology

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Reproduction

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Biography

Dr Dulama Richani is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Women’s and Children’s Health, and Fertility & Research Centre, at UNSW. 

 

Dulama is an emerging research leader in the areas of oocyte maturation and assisted reproductive technologies. Through basic research, she has made advances in our fundamental understanding of the endocrine and local factors which regulate oocyte quality and is using these new insights to develop...view more

Dr Dulama Richani is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Women’s and Children’s Health, and Fertility & Research Centre, at UNSW. 

 

Dulama is an emerging research leader in the areas of oocyte maturation and assisted reproductive technologies. Through basic research, she has made advances in our fundamental understanding of the endocrine and local factors which regulate oocyte quality and is using these new insights to develop modern approaches to fertility treatments for women (with a particular focus on the reproductive technology IVM).

 

KEY ACHEVEMENTS:

  • Publications: She has published over 20 peer reviewed publications in the last 6 years; 88% of them are in top quartile of journals. The impact of her research is reflected by her excellent FWCI of 2.89 (SciVal, 2019), meaning that her research receives almost triple the expected citations across all disciplines in which she publishes.
  • Scientific Presentations: She has delivered 10 oral presentations at major national and international conferences and 4 invited institute talks. Additionally, she has been the presenting author of 15 conference presentations.
  • Funding: Attained $210,612 in funding (Project, industry & equipment grants with 75% as CIA, 2 scholarships, & 12 travel awards).
  • Academic Excellence: Awarded Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis of Excellence (2014); Awarded the School Best Publication Award (UNSW, 2019).
  • Contributions to Scientific Community: Elected Early Career Research Representative for the Australian Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB); Member of 3 university committees, peer-reviewer for several multi-disciplinary scientific journals, Conference Convener & Chair of the 2018 NSW Reproduction Forum (Australia).
  • Research Leadership: She has been primary supervisor to 4 Honours students, and supervisor to 3 visiting international postdoctoral fellows.

My Grants

2019 NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence project support grant

 


My Qualifications

2014   PhD in Medicine, University of Adelaide, Australia

2007   Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours, 1st Class), Flinders University, Australia


My Awards

COMPETITIONS/AWARDS:

2019    Awarded School Best Publication Award, School of Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW Sydney.

2015    Selected finalist in the Hudson Institute of Medical Research (MIMR-PHI) 'Award for Excellence' for best ECR poster at the 2015 SRB Annual Meeting, Adelaide, Australia.

2015    Selected finalist in the annual Tow Research Awards for ECR poster prize.

2015    Selected finalist in the David Healy New Investigator Award, 44th Annual Meeting of the Society for Reproductive Biology, Sydney, Australia.

  1. Selected finalist in the Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd Award, Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Adelaide.

 


My Research Activities

Dr Richani studies factors that regulate the intrinsic quality of unfertilised oocytes (eggs). 

Research activities:

  1. She studies unique growth factors produced by the oocyte that enhance oocyte quality in women, and exploits their therapeutic potential for the advancement of infertility treatment for women.
  2. She has a strong interest in the metabolism of the oocyte and its surrounding support cells (the cumulus cells), and has developed unique mass spectrometry techniques to measure adenosine nucleotides and the NAD+ metabolome. 
  3. She develops novel approaches to the treatment of infertility, particularly in the area of oocyte in vitro maturation (IVM), which is an approach that reduces/eliminates drugs from IVF.

My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

ILP, Honours, Masters or PhD in the areas of reproductive biology, reproductive medicine, and assisted reproductive technologies. 


Currently supervising

Dr Richani has been primary supervisor to one ILP and 3 Honours students. She has also closely supervised 4 overseas visiting early/senior research fellows.


My Teaching

2019                Lecturer, Phase 3 Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MFAC3505).
 

2017-2019       Invited Early Career Research (ECR) Undergraduate Student Mentor – PATH3205 Molecular Basis of Inflammation and Infection. Her role was to mentor undergraduate science students in undertaking research integrated learning within a specialist third year course in Pathology. She was invited because of her research profile in cutting edge research in molecular signaling and metabolism in oocyte biology.

 

2017                Scenario Group Facilitator- Human Maintenance B, UNSW Medicine, UNSW, Sydney

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