PROF Lynne Selwood

PROF Lynne Selwood


  • Developmental biology of marsupials (cleavage, blastocyst, cell allocation, embryonic body axes)
  • Fertility control of vertebrates (possum, immunocontraception, other vertebrates)
  • Marsupial conservation using applied reproductive technology (captive management, induced ovulation, assisted breeding techniques)



  • I have worked for many years on developmentmental biology and have some some inspiring teachers and collaborators as Don Anderson (Sydney), Lewis Wolpert (London), Martin Johnson, Ann McLaren and Roger Pedersen (Cambridge, UK), Annetrudi Kress (Basel),Krzysztof Tarkowski (Warsaw) who have confirmed my choice of developmental biology as a chosen field was a good one for me. In the last 17 years I have applied my knowledge of marsupial developmental biology to developing successful fertility control agents in marsupials. This work has revealed novel contraceptive methods that could be applied to other vertebrates.



Member of

  • The Royal Society of Victoria. Treasurer 2009 - 2011
  • International Federation of Mammalogists. Secretary 2005 - 2009
  • Australian Mammal Society. President 2003 - 2006
  • Victorian Cell Biology Society. President 1988 - 1996


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • My work hads been supported for most of my career by the Australian Research Council and more recently by the Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries NZ and the Foundation for Research Science and Technology, NZ.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 1967
  • MSc, University of Sydney 1963
  • BSc, University of Sydney 1960