More than 57,000 Australian women were diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2015. But there is the unavoidable secondary impact on fertility for those women, a potentially devastating legacy of their treatment following entry into disease remission.

Jacinta’s research aims to identify key candidates of repair pathways or cellular defence proteins that could be targeted to bolster the efficacy of the DNA damage response.

Her work will provide molecular clues as to how the ovary and the germ cells within might be better protected for patients facing potential fertility loss due to the unavoidable treatment of life-threatening illness.


Jacinta Martin

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