Caitlin Wyrwoll

Dr, PhD W.Aust.

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

    6009 Perth


  • 752 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
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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 Univeristy of western Australia and was awarded her PhD in 2008 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. In 2011 she moved back to The University of Western Australia to start her own research group focusing on the early life origins of later health outcomes. They 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 behaviours, offspring brain development and offspring behaviours such as anxiety and cognition. 

Teaching overview

APHB5501 Developmental Origins of Adult Health and Disease

ANHB2216 Human Reproductive Biology

Guest lecturer in a range of reproductive biology and neuroscience units.

Roles and responsibilities

Director of Community & Engagement, School of Human Sciences


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

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Research Output 2005 2019

Measuring Placental Oxygenation in a Rat Model of Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR): Investigations with In-Vivo Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Tongpob, Y., Joos, A., Feindel, K. & Wyrwoll, C., Mar 2019, In : Reproductive Sciences. 26, 1 (Supplement), p. 358A-358A 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract/Meeting Abstract

Establishing an in-vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocol for measurement of placental vascular function in rats

Tongpob, Y., Joos, A., Wyrwoll, C. & Feindel, K., Aug 2018, p. 159-160. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Blood Vessels
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Fetal Development
2 Citations (Scopus)

Vitamin D is crucial for maternal care and offspring social behaviour in rats

Yates, N. J., Tesic, D., Feindel, K. W., Smith, J. T., Clarke, M. W., Wale, C., Crew, R. C., Wharfe, M. D., Whitehouse, A. J. & Wyrwoll, C. S., 1 May 2018, In : Journal of Endocrinology. 237, 2, p. 73-85 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Behavior
Vitamin D
Vitamin D Deficiency
6 Citations (Scopus)

Viscosity and haemodynamics in a late gestation rat feto-placental arterial network

Bappoo, N., Kelsey, L. J., Parker, L., Crough, T., Moran, C. M., Thomson, A., Holmes, M. C., Wyrwoll, C. S. & Doyle, B. J., 1 Aug 2017, In : Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology. 16, 4, p. 1361-1372 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wall Shear Stress
Shear stress
10 Citations (Scopus)

Vitamin D deficiency and impaired placental function: Potential regulation by glucocorticoids?

Yates, N., Crew, R. C. & Wyrwoll, C. S., 2017, In : Reproduction. 153, 5, p. R163-R171

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Vitamin D Deficiency
Fetal Development

Projects 2013 2021

Press / Media

Early life vitamin D influences adult behaviours

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The placenta is a crucial determinant of health outcomes

Caitlin Wyrwoll


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