Dr Zamira Gibb

Brief Profile / Biography

Dr Zamira Gibb is a mid-career reproductive biologist with over 100 refereed publications and over $5.8M in grant earnings. Dr Gibb graduated with a PhD in Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 2013, after which she commenced her postdoctoral appointment at the University of Newcastle under Laureate Professor John Aitken.

Dr Gibb is now the leader of UON’s Priority Research Centre’s Animal Fertility Research Group, where she supervises numerous postgrad and undergraduate students, along with postdocs and research assistants who work on ARC, AgriFutures and Meat and Livestock Australia-funded projects. Dr Gibb is on the executive committees of both the International Symposium for Equine Reproduction, and the Association for Applied Animal Andrology, and her research encompasses a stream of strategically important developments that provide solutions to the challenges faced by human IVF and livestock breeding industries respectively.

Research Interests

  • Oxidative stress and DNA damage in spermatozoa
  • Assisted reproductive technologies
  • Applied/translational research
     

Why did you get into research?

I was inspired to become a research scientist early in my undergrad career, during which time I was fortunate to be exposed to high impact reproductive science research in a wide range of species. I found reproductive biology particularly attractive because the sperm cell is so unique, and you can immediately see if they’re happy or not! The process of fertilization, the creation of a new individual, and the intricate processes of embryo development still blow my mind and create more and more questions every day.

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

My ultimate goal is to continue to contribute to the knowledge of factors influencing male fertility. I would also like to identify better animal models for male fertility, as the current mouse models aren’t always appropriate, particularly with respect to the influence of ageing.

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Semen assessment
  • Flow cytometry
  • Lange animal handling and management
  • DNA damage assays
     

Affiliations

  • PRC in Reproductive Science
  • Society for Reproductive Biology
  • International Society for Equine Reproduction (Executive Committee member)
  • Association for Applied Animal Andrology (Secretary and Treasurer)