R. John Aitken, PhD, ScD, FRSE
PRC Centre for Reproductive Science
University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW Australia
Project 1: Development of a humane non-surgical sterilization method for domestic animals - Project completed
Project 2: Alkylated FSH peptides as mediators of germ cell depletion
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Laureate Professor Aitken’s research career began with a PhD in reproductive biology from the University of Cambridge. Following post-doctoral positions at the Institute of Animal Genetics, University of Edinburgh, and the University of Bordeaux, he joined the World Health Organization in Geneva.
There he managed two WHO task forces dealing with novel approaches to fertility regulation. In 1977, he joined the Medical Research Council’s Reproductive Biology Unit at the University of Edinburgh to establish a research group in gamete biology with clinical outreach into male infertility. In 1992, John was awarded an Honorary Professorship within the Faculty of Medicine of Edinburgh University, and in 1995 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 1998 he received an ScD degree from the University of Cambridge and in the same year moved to the University of Newcastle, NSW, as Chair of Biological Sciences and, later, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Development. He is currently Laureate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Newcastle and has research interests that cover both male and female reproductive physiology.