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Ravinder Anand-Ivell

Associate Professor in Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology, Faculty of Science

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Biography

Ravinder did her M.Phil. and Ph.D. (1996) from the Department of Zoology at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. Following numerous awards and publications in India, with appointments to Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the same university, she moved first to Germany in 2001, to extend her research on male reproductive physiology and cell biology. Then in 2004 she moved to the University of Adelaide in Australia where she helped establish a new laboratory for Molecular Reproductive Biology. Following a brief period as Lecturer in Physiology and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia, in 2010 she was recruited back to Germany as Head of the Department for Reproductive Cell Biology at a Leibniz Institute, with additional teaching responsibilities at the University of Rostock. She then moved her laboratory to the University of Nottingham in 2013, where in the School of Biosciences, she is specializing in the cell biology of male and female reproductive tissues, as well as in the development of novel assay systems supporting both human and veterinary clinical science.

Expertise Summary

  • Endocrinology and physiology of male and female reproduction in humans and domestic species, looking at foetal development as well as puberty and adult function.
  • Cell culture of primary and secondary cell systems from human and domestic species, with emphasis on both male and female reproductive physiology.
  • Cell signalling, particularly studying the role of novel GPCRs in reproductive cells and tissues.
  • Sperm biology
  • Development of novel immunoassays for the measurement of hormones and signalling molecules in a variety of different matrices, mostly employing a time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay (TRFIA) platform.

Teaching Summary

I teach in the following UG and PG modules

Introductory Physiology (D212Z5)

Reproductive Physiology (D223Z7)

Endocrinology Control Systems (D224A6) (joint coordinator)

Reproduction and Fertility (D236Z5)

Academic Development and Employability skills (D21BP1)

M Med Sci Assisted Reproduction Technology (D34BIO)

Research Summary

The role of the neohormones relaxin and INSL3, and their G-protein coupled receptors, in male and female reproduction. In the male this relates to foetal development, puberty and aging; in the… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

  • The role of the neohormones relaxin and INSL3, and their G-protein coupled receptors, in male and female reproduction. In the male this relates to foetal development, puberty and aging; in the female to fertility and miscarriage, as well as to ovarian dysfunction.
  • The development of an in vitro dog model to study pubertal development and its modulation.
  • The role of foetal gender on maternal physiology.
  • Causes of infertility in the high performance dairy cow.
  • Mechanisms of action of environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals, such as phthalates and xenoestrogens.
  • Non-classical actions of steroid hormones on reproductive cells and tissues.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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