Researcher

Dr Kirsty Walters

Biography

Dr Kirsty Walters is a Senior Lecturer in Women’s and Children’s Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, specialising in the field of female reproduction and ovarian function.

 

Background:

Dr Walters was awarded her PhD in 2005 from Edinburgh University, Scotland, and was then recruited by the ANZAC Research Institute (ARI) to undertake a post-doctoral position investigating the role androgens play in regulating female...view more

Dr Kirsty Walters is a Senior Lecturer in Women’s and Children’s Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, specialising in the field of female reproduction and ovarian function.

 

Background:

Dr Walters was awarded her PhD in 2005 from Edinburgh University, Scotland, and was then recruited by the ANZAC Research Institute (ARI) to undertake a post-doctoral position investigating the role androgens play in regulating female reproduction and physiology. In February 2016 the UNSW recruited her to head up the Ovarian Biology Laboratory based in the Wallace Wurth, which forms part of the world-leading biomedical precinct at UNSW.

 

Research interests:

Dr Walters’ research involves using customized genetic mouse models in combination with clinical samples and trials to dissect out the fundamental mechanisms regulating female reproduction and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In particular, her research has focused on understanding the role androgens play in regulating female fertility and PCOS. Findings from this research will identify therapeutic targets for improved treatment of female infertility and the wide range of health issues associated with PCOS, including obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk.

 

Awards:

2015 - Society for Reproductive Biology, Newcastle, Reproduction Emerging Research Leader Award

2015 - Research Supervisor Award, Sydney Research, Sydney Local Health District

2011 - University of Sydney, Deans Early Researcher Award at the Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Theme meeting

2009 - Australian Menopause Society Young Investigator Award

2006 - Society for Reproductive Biology Young Investigator Award

 

Publications:

Dr Walters currently has 25 peer-reviewed publications, including two sole invited reviews (760 cites, Google Scholar). She has 13 first and four senior author publications and consistently publishes in top ranking journals including PNAS, Endocrinology, Human Reproduction Update and Biology of Reproduction.

 

Funding:

Over her career Dr Walters has acquired over $1.8M in research funding. She has a strong track record in successful category 1 competitive grant funding with the award of an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) starting 2012 (DE120100796: $375,000 over 3 years), two NHMRC Project Grants as CIA starting 2010 (#632678: $520,500 over 3 years) and 2012 (APP1022648: $493,515 over 3 years), and another NHMRC Project Grant as CIC, starting 2011 (APP1008160: $408,374 over 3 years).

 

Professional contributions:

Dr Walters has acted as referee for national (NHMRC project grants and review panel for the NHMRC Early Career Fellowships) and international (Wellbeing of Women, UK and Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation, USA) grants. She has also served as an invited reviewer for 19 peer-review journals, including PNAS, Human Reproduction, Endocrinology, Biology of Reproduction, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, Fertility and Sterility, PLOS ONE and Reproduction. She is currently Program Organising Committee Co-Chair for the annual conference (2016-18) and councillor (on-going since 2013) for the Society for Reproductive Biology. She is also a member of the NHMRC CRE in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Training Committee.

 

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Location

Faculty of medicine
Level 4, Room 421,
Wallace Wurth Building,
Botany Street
Kensington NSW 2052

Contact

(02) 9385 2706