Associate Professor Robin Hobbs is a member of the Germline Stem Cell Biology Research group in the Centre for Reproductive Health.

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Robin Hobbs at Hudson Institute

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Female infertility Male infertility

Research group

Germline Stem Cell Biology


Interim Deputy Centre Head of Centre for Reproductive Health at Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Associate Professor Robin Hobbs also heads up the Germline Stem Cell Biology Research group. His laboratory is focused on defining the molecular mechanisms regulating spermatogonial stem cell (SSC) function and male fertility.

A/Prof Hobbs first established his group at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University in 2012 before joining the Hudson Institute in 2020. His interest in the stem cell field was developed during PhD studies in the United Kingdom with Prof Fiona Watt, an internationally recognised expert in the epidermal stem cell field. During postdoctoral studies with Prof Pier Paolo Pandolfi at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the United States, A/Prof Hobbs characterised a key and unexpected role for the transcription factor and tumour suppressor PLZF in SSC self-renewal and fertility.

More recently, his research group has characterised cellular heterogeneity and dynamics within the undifferentiated spermatogonial population and defined multiple regulatory pathways essential for SSC function. He was recipient of an ARC Future Fellowship in 2014 and also an Investigator within the Stem Cells Australia research program. Current studies from his group are focused on understanding regulatory mechanisms of SSCs and regenerative capabilities of SSCs following germline damage.

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