Dr Luba Sominsky’s research into neuroendocrine causes of infertility and obesity explores techniques to treat and reduce the health and economic burden of infertility.
stress; obesity; fertility; iPerinatal programming
Infertility is a significant problem in Australia, affecting one in six couples. Dr Sominsky’s goal is to advance the availability of biomedical treatments, in order to reduce the health and economic burden of infertility. Her current focus is on treatments for stress-induced reproductive dysfunction.
The core of Dr Sominsky’s research is understanding the neuroendocrine causes of obesity and infertility, with a particular focus on the role of diet in developmental programming of fertility. She also has substantial transdisciplinary expertise in the neuroendocrinology of stress, reproductive physiology, neuro-immune and metabolic developmental programming.
Dr Sominsky joined the Neuroendocrinology of the Obese Brain Research Group at RMIT in 2014, after working on neuroendocrine interactions in health and disease at world-leading laboratories at Tel Aviv University (Israel) and University of Newcastle (Australia).
Dr Sominsky was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences.