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Associate Professor
Department of Anatomy
Research summary
Uterine biology and endometriosis


Jane joined the Department of Anatomy in 2018 after nearly 20 years working in Australia, most recently in the Gynaecology Research Centre at the University of Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. Jane is a reproductive biologist with research interests in uterine biology and women’s health, with a particular focus on the common gynaecological disorder endometriosis.

In ongoing collaborative research with colleagues in Australia, Jane is investigating the functional role of genetic variants linked with the pathophysiology of endometriosis. She is also examining patient details and the phenotype endometriotic lesions with the goal of identifying characteristics that may assist clinicians with treatment decisions.

Jane also has an interest in the impact of menstrual pain and menstrual bleeding disorders on individuals and their families, and how we can better assist girls and young women to live a full and happy life.


Paterson, E. S. J., Scheck, S., McDowell, S., Bedford, N., Girling, J. E., & Henry, C. E. (2024). Comparison of cervicovaginal fluid extracellular vesicles isolated from paired cervical brushes and vaginal swabs. Journal of Extracellular Biology, 3, e153. doi: 10.1002/jex2.153 Journal - Research Article

Mardon, A. K., Whitaker, L., Farooqi, T., Girling, J., Henry, C., Ee, C., Tewhaiti-Smith, J., & Armour, M. (2024). Investigational drugs for the treatment of dysmenorrhea. Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs, 2326627. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13543784.2024.2326627 Journal - Research Other

Colgrave, E. M., Keast, J. R., Nowell, C. J., Healey, M., Rogers, P. A. W., Holdsworth-Carson, S. J., & Girling, J. E. (2024). Distribution of smooth muscle actin and collagen in superficial peritoneal endometriotic lesions varies from the surrounding microenvironment. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 48(3), 103610. doi: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2023.103610 Journal - Research Article

Colgrave, E. M., Keast, J. R., Healey, M., Rogers, P. A. W., Girling, J. E., & Holdsworth-Carson, S. J. (2024). Extensive heterogeneity in the expression of steroid receptors in superficial peritoneal endometriotic lesions. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 48(2), 103409. doi: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2023.103409 Journal - Research Article

Young, C. D., Taumoepeau, M. M., Hohmann-Marriott, B. E., Girling, J. E., & Bird, R. J. (2024). Sexual and reproductive health knowledges: A study with Pacific young people enrolled in an Aotearoa New Zealand tertiary institution. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 26(2), 265-283. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2023.2201356 Journal - Research Article

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