Dr Erin McGillick

Dr Erin McGillick

Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Monash University
Research Field: Neonatology/Obstetrics & Gynaecology

In Australia, 1 in 5 babies need assistance to successfully make the transition from fetal to newborn life, including breathing interventions. There is a need to identify the safest and most effective treatments to improve newborn lung function in babies born too soon or with under-developed lungs.

Dr McGillick’s research has determined the effect of preterm birth, gestational diabetes, maternal obesity and intrauterine growth restriction on development of the fetal lung. She is currently working to identify interventions to assist newborns with the transition at birth to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Erin’s passion for sharing her love of science has resulted in her involvement in Science Alive! events, discussions of science with school children, and Fresh Science pub nights, where she won an award for best science communication by limerick. Dr McGillick received her PhD from the University of South Australia in 2016, and is currently a Peter Doherty Early Career Research Fellow at Monash University.