Dr Sarah Moody is a Postdoctoral Researcher working with Professor Kate Loveland in the Testis Development and Male Germ Cell Biology laboratory.

Dr Moody completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) at Monash University in 2012.

Following two and a half years of experience as a research assistant, she commenced her PhD in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Kate Loveland, co-supervised by Associate Professor Patrick Western.

Dr Moody completed her PhD in 2020 with her thesis entitled “Investigating the effects of activin A and TGFbeta superfamily ligands on the fetal male germline”.

Her current research continues to expand on understanding the role of activin A and TGFbetas on the fetal male germline and developing testis.

Selected publications

  • Moody SC, Wakitani S, Young JC, Western PS, Loveland KL (2020) Evidence that activin A directly modulates early human male germline differentiation status. Reproduction. 160 (1), 141-154.

  • Whiley PAF, O’Donnell L, Moody SC, Handelsman DJ, Young JC, Richards EA, Almstrup K, Western PS, Loveland KL (2020) Activin A determines steroid levels and composition in the fetal testis. Endocrinology. 161 (7).

  • Bielanowicz A, Johnson RW, Goh H, Moody SC, Poulton IJ, Croce N, Loveland KL, Hedger  P, Sims NA, Itman C (2016) Prepubertal di-n-butyl phthalate exposure alters Sertoli and Leydig cell function and lowers bone density in adult male mice.  Endocrinology. 157 (7), 2595-603.

  • Itman C, Bielanowicz A, Goh H, Lee Q, Fulcher A J, Moody SC, Doery JCG, Martin J, Eyre S, Hedger MP, Loveland KL (2015)  Murine inhibin alpha-subunit haploinsufficiency causes transient abnormalities in prepubertal testis development followed by testicular decline.  Endocrinology 156 (6), 2254-2268.

  • Moody S, Goh H, Bielanowicz A, Rippon P, Loveland KL, Itman C (2013) Prepubertal mouse testis growth and maturation and androgen production are acutely sensitive to di-n-butyl phthalate. Endocrinology 154 (9), 3460-3475.