Available to supervise Higher Degree by Research students

1983 …2019
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Personal profile


I am an expert in cell and molecular biology, and internationally recognised for my work in assisted reproduction, environmental toxicology and developmental biology. I have published over 170 research articles, and have obtained more than Aus $34 million in competitive grant funding since migrating to Australia from the UK in 2001.  My work in parental and prenatal exposure to environmental toxicants has received significant public attention – most recently my studies of maternal smoking on male offspring health were profiled in TIME magazine.


I have successfully supervised 31 PhD, Masters and Honours students to completion in the past 10 years and currently have 4 PhD students under supervision. My emphasis in undergraduate teaching has been in the areas of biomedicine, biotechnology and biological sciences, including a decade as coordinator of first year biology courses.


I am the immediate past President (2013-15) of the Society of Reproductive Biology, a Grant and Fellowship Review Panel chair/member for the ARC, NHMRC and the Irish Research Council and a past member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2012-15).


I was Pro Vice Chancellor interim of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology at Newcastle, and previously held the position of Deputy Head of Faculty and Deputy Head of School of Environmental & Life Sciences. In these roles, I was instrumental in leading Faculty improvements in research, learning and teaching through staff and program/course development, implementation of quality assurance, and the overall student experience. I led the faculty which had a budget of $112 million, hosted 5100 (EFTSL) undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students in 2015, and managed 356 academic and 91 professional staff at three campuses in Newcastle, Callaghan, Central Coast Ourimbah and Singapore. In addition Faculty supervised 385 PhD students with a research income of $13 million.


I was recruited to University of Auckland in late 2015 to head the largest and most complex academic unit in the Institution. The school budget exceeds $52 million per annum with 553 teaching and research academic staff, supported by 71 technical staff. The school hosts over 4,000 students in 81 undergraduate and post graduate courses annually (approx. 1300 EFTSL), and the largest cohort of post graduate students in the institution >500.


The school is home to a national Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), the Maurice Wilkins Centre and collectively receives approx. $25 million in external research income annually. The school encompasses several institutional research instrument platforms in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, flow cytometry, electron and light microscopy. I instituted the development of a pipeline to the Monash Cryo EM platform and I managed the Auckland wing of the national genomics platform “New Zealand Genomics Ltd” and currently lead the University for the Advanced Genomics Platform Genomics Aotearoa, launched December 2017 - NZ$35 million.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Bristol

… → 1994

Bachelor, University of Glasgow

… → 1982

External positions

Board Member, EpiAxis Therapeutics Pty Ltd

Jul 2018 → …

Grant Review Panel Member, Irish Research Council

2017 → …

Grant Review Panel Member, Australian Research Council CoE, MRAG and ITRH

2016 → …

Grant Review Panel Member, National Health and Medical Research Council

2015 → …

Professor in Biological Sciences, University of Newcastle

2010 → …

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Eileen MCLAUGHLIN is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Spermatozoa Medicine & Life Sciences
Oocytes Medicine & Life Sciences
Germ Cells Medicine & Life Sciences
Spermatogenesis Medicine & Life Sciences
Fertility Medicine & Life Sciences
Ovary Medicine & Life Sciences
Testis Medicine & Life Sciences
RNA-Binding Proteins Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1983 2019

Differential cell death decisions in the testis: Evidence for an exclusive window of ferroptosis in round spermatids

Bromfield, E. G., Walters, J. L. H., Cafe, S. L., Bernstein, I. R., Stanger, S. J., Anderson, A. L., Aitken, R. J., McLaughlin, E. A., Dun, M. D., Gadella, B. M. & Nixon, B., 13 Mar 2019, In : Molecular Human Reproduction. 25, 5, p. 241-256 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

phospholipid-hydroperoxide glutathione peroxidase
Oxidative Stress
Cell Death

Mechanisms of tethering and cargo transfer during epididymosome-sperm interactions

Zhou, W., Stanger, S. J., Anderson, A. L., Bernstein, I. R., De Iuliis, G. N., McCluskey, A., McLaughlin, E. A., Dun, M. D. & Nixon, B., 18 Apr 2019, In : BMC Biology. 17, 1, p. 1-18 18 p., 35.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Dynamin I

The small non-coding RNA profile of mouse oocytes is modified during aging

Mihalas, B. P., Camlin, N. J., Xavier, M. J., Peters, A. E., Holt, J. E., Sutherland, J. M., McLaughlin, E. A., Eamens, A. L. & Nixon, B., 31 May 2019, In : Aging. 11, 10, p. 2968-2997 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Small Untranslated RNA
Small Interfering RNA
Messenger RNA
1 Citation (Scopus)

Differential expression profiles of conserved Snail transcription factors in the mouse testis

Micati, D. J., Hime, G. R., McLaughlin, E. A., Abud, H. E. & Loveland, K. L., Mar 2018, In : Andrology. 6, 2, p. 362-373 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Esrp1 is a marker of mouse fetal germ cells and differentially expressed during spermatogenesis

Saeidi, S., Shapouri, F., De Iongh, R. U., Casagranda, F., Sutherland, J. M., Western, P. S., McLaughlin, E. A., Familari, M. & Hime, G. R., 11 Jan 2018, In : PLoS One. 13, 1, p. 1-10 10 p., e0190925.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Germ Cells
germ cells