Biology, University of Victoria –
Limiting insulin levels to enhance egg cell quality and female fertility during aging
A declining female reproductive capacity (signified by rising rates of infertility, birth defects, and miscarriage) is one of the first signs of aging, and is linked to deteriorating quality of egg cells.
Her project will use a mouse model of genetically reduced insulin to determine the effect of lowering insulin on egg cell quality and reproductive success during aging. The study could inform strategies to help prevent and manage female reproductive health concerns by limiting insulin excess.
Recipient of a Jarislowsky Fellowship-Banting Discovery Award.