Dr Christina D. A. Marth is a veterinarian with an interest in the physiology and pathology of veterinary reproduction. Since 2012, her research has focussed on innate immune factors influencing the way horses respond to breeding and the ability of healthy horses to clear all traces of inflammation from their uterus efficiently. During this time, she has used high-throughput sequencing in combination with wet lab techniques to gain a better understanding of the uterine gene expression in different circumstances. She is now looking into ways to translate this research into other species. Dr Marth completed a veterinary degree at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany in 2012 and a PhD at The University of Melbourne in 2016. Christina currently holds a teaching and research position at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne. She is teaching primarily into the preclinical years of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree.
Postgraduate student projects are available for students interested in the immunology and microbiology of membranes in the reproductive tract of all (domestic) species, particularly in the context of pathologies, such as endometritis and pyometra. Our projects use molecular techniques including quantitative PCRs and deep sequencing to explore the relationship between bacteria and the immune system at this interface.