Kiri BeilbySenior Lecturer
Kiri is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She is currently the Course Coordinator for the Graduate Diploma of Reproductive Science and is an education-focused academic doing her best to coerce postgrads into higher order thinking.
Kiri graduated from The University of Sydney with a Ph.D. in animal reproduction and genetics, followed by a science communication chaser at The Australian National University, in partnership with Questacon. The combination of these achievements leaving her with the ability to separate sperm into X- and Y-chromosome baring populations using some pretty facny technology, and explain this to children using some poly pipe, 2 water bombs and a torch.
In a determined effort to pay off her student loan quickly, Kiri took a job as the Head of Medical Marketing for CooperSurgical, a global leader in developing and manufacturing medical devices for women’s health, and was based in Copenhagen. During her time in private enterprise, she became fascinated by the interface between science and commerce.
Her varied research interests cover the in vitro maturation of oocytes: policy surrounding advertising in assisted reproduction and surrogacy programs in Australia; IVF in public health and patient-cantered care; and using play to create stronger, more productive teams of scientists.
Kiri is on the executive committees for both the Australian Society of Medical Research, and Scientists in Reproductive Technology, and has a strong interest in scientific advocacy in this space. In 2019 she was part of the Homeward Bound Project, an initiative that aims to heighten the influence and impact of women with a science background in order to influence policy and decision making as it shapes our planet.
MP: Clare O'Neil