Caitlin Wyrwoll

Dr, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M309), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr. Caitlin Wyrwoll is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Caitlin studied at the Univeristy of Western Australia and was awarded her PhD on a project supervised by Professor Brendan Waddell and Dr Peter Mark. She then moved to Edinburgh, UK to work with Professor Megan Holmes and Professor Jonathan Seckl on the influence of stress hormones on fetal brain development. Upon her return to The University of Western Australia she started her own research group focusing on the early life origins of later health outcomes. Dr Wyrwoll's group use a range of multidisciplinary and novel imaging approaches to understand how early life environment impacts on placental development and function. They also take a life course approach to track how environmental changes in pregnancy impact on maternal health, fetal development and offspring adult health outcomes. 

Teaching overview

APHB5501 Developmental Origins of Adult Health and Disease

ANHB2216 Human Reproductive Biology

Guest lecturer in a range of reproductive biology, women's health, physiology, and neuroscience units.

Roles and responsibilities

2016-2019: Director of Community & Engagement, School of Human Sciences

Research interests

The role of the placenta in determining adult health outcomes

Placental vascular development and structure: how form affects function and fetal outcomes

Effects of climate change on maternal adaptations to pregnancy and health outcomes

Effects of vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy on maternal health, fetal development, and offspring behaviour in later life.


Community engagement

Together with Demelza Ireland, hosts an annual Birthing Kit Assembly Day for reproductive biology and women's health students. 

Research expertise keywords

  • Development programming of cardio-metabolic and neuropsychiatric disease
  • Placental vascularity
  • Affective disorders
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Vitamin D
  • Climate change
  • Placenta


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