Jane Girling

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Senior Research Fellow, the Women's Gynaecology  Research Centre

Dr Jane E. Girling BSc (Hons), PhD

Also see Jane E. Girling on the University of Melbourne website.

Dr Jane Girling joined the University of Melbourne Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2010, where she is a Senior Research Fellow in the Gynaecology Research Centre.  She also holds an honorary position at the Monash Institute of Medical Research (MIMR).

Dr Girling completed her PhD on uterine biology in reptiles in the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1998. She then spent time as a postdoctoral fellow in the Conservation Endocrinology group at Massey University in New Zealand.  In 1999, Dr Girling was awarded a Science and Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship from the New Zealand Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. This enabled her to continue research on reproductive physiology in reptiles in the School of Zoology, University of Tasmania.  Dr Girling then joined the Centre for Women’s Health Research at Monash University and MIMR in 2002, where she was a Senior Research Officer and Senior Scientist. 

Dr Girling’s research interests are in uterine biology and women’s health, with a particular focus on the common gynaecological problems including pelvic pain, endometriosis and abnormal menstrual bleeding.  Her interests are reflected in her current research projects, which include studies examining the role of the protein follistatin in reproductive tract development and function, the molecular mechanisms responsible for heavy menstrual bleeding, the role of the hormone relaxin in uterine vascular remodelling, and the regulation of uterine nerve fibre growth and their involvement in endometriosis-associated pelvic pain.