PhD opportunity at the University of Warwick

A UK/EU PhD studentship opportunity will be available from October 2017 at the University of Warwick.


‘Origins of chromosomal abnormalities in human embryos’.  


This project focuses on kinetochore structure and function in crucial cell divisions of the maturing oocyte and early embryo.


Applications must be submitted by 6th August 2017.  Interviews will be on 15th August for an October 2017 start.


For further information and details of how to apply, please go to:


July 26, 2017

BAS Grant Award

The British Andrology Society offers small grants to support the development or application of new techniques.


In May 2017 Dr Kevin Coward and Mrs Celine Jones were awarded a small research grant to design a versatile exosome-based ‘platform’, capable of delivering different molecular compounds, such as nucleic acids, peptides/proteins or fluorescent markers, into mammalian sperm in an efficient and controlled manner via simple in vitro co-incubation which would not compromise gamete function.


Dr Coward is a Principal Investigator at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford. He is also the Director of the Oxford MSc in Clinical Embryology. His research aims to elucidate the physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying human infertility and to develop new options for therapeutic intervention to help patients. The next grant application deadline is 1st November 2017.


For further information about how to apply for a BAS grant please go to:

July 20, 2017

Best Presentation – BAS Annual Meeting 2017

We are pleased to announce that the winner of Best Presentation at the BAS Annual Meeting 2017 is Claudia Rathje from Peter Ellis’s group at the University of Canterbury.


Congratulations Claudia!


We were enlivened on an intolerably hot summer afternoon with Claudia’s talk, which was delivered with great enthusiasm and was a thought provoking presentation on her current research into Novel H2AX phosphorylation states in spermatogenesis.  As a reward, Claudia will receive £100 from BAS and we look forward to hearing from her at future meetings.

July 19, 2017