Professor Hayden Homer

Professor, Christopher Chen Ch

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine


I graduated with Honours in Medicine from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, in 1992. In 1997 I relocated to the UK where I specialised in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and was admitted as a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in 1999. In 2012 I gained dual accreditation as a Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery and was admitted to the European Specialist Register. In 2012, I was appointed Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery at University College London (UCL) and UCL Hospitals where I was the clinical lead for IVF and Recurrent Miscarriage and the scientific lead for Mammalian Oocyte Research within UCL’s Institute for Women’s Health. In January 2014 I relocated to Australia after being recruited to UNSW through the DVCR’s Strategic Priority Funding Scheme. At UNSW I jointly set up and co-directed UNSW’s first oocyte biology research lab. In January 2016, following a competitive global search, I was appointed to the fully endowed Christopher Chen Chair in Reproductive Medicine at UQ where I currently head the Christopher Chen Oocyte Research Laboratory. Since relocating to Australia I have been awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian NZ College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.

In parallel with clinical activity, I have developed an internationally leading research program investigating oocyte maturation and oocyte quality. My Ph.D was awarded in 2009 from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) and received a Dean’s commendation. My thesis investigated the regulation of chromosome segregation in mouse and human oocytes and was funded by a WellBeing of Women Research Training Fellowship. My post-doctoral research was undertaken at UCL funded by a prestigious Wellcome Trust Clinician Scientist Fellowship ($1.2 million). At UCL, I was one of the principal investigators in the cross-faculty Mammalian Oocyte and Embryo Research Laboratory. In my first 2 years in Australia, I have secured NHMRC funding as CIA worth over $1 million.

I have placed leading papers on oocyte regulation in high impact journals such as Science, Developmental Cell, Genes & Development and Nature Cell Biology all of which have been cited by the Faculty of 1000 Experts. I have received numerous prizes and awards including the highly prestigious Medical Research Society Young Investigator Award (first and only award made to the specialty of O&G in the UK) and was the first of the UK Walport Clinical Lecturers in all specialties to attain Clinician Scientist status. I was one of the very few to have delivered the RCOG’s William Blair Bell Memorial Lecture whilst still a clinical trainee.


  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Newcastle University
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Medicine Surgery, Newcastle University


  • Ye, Yunan and Homer, Hayden Anthony (2024). A surge in cytoplasmic viscosity triggers nuclear remodeling required for Dux silencing and pre-implantation embryo development. Cell Reports, 43 (3) 113917, 113917. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2024.113917

  • HOMER, Hayden A. (2024). Understanding oocyte ageing. Minerva Obstetrics and Gynecology. doi: 10.23736/s2724-606x.24.05343-0

  • Gilchrist, Robert, Ho, Wing-Hong Jonathan, Marinova, Maria B, Listijono, Dave R, Bertoldo, Michael J, Richani, Dulama, Lynn-Jee, Kim, Brown, Amelia, Riepsamen, Angelique H, Cabot, Safaa, Bustamante, Sonia, Zhong, Ling, Selesniemi, Kaisa, Wong, Derek, Goss, Dale M, Li, Catherine, Araki, Toshiyuki, Livingston, David J, Turner, Nigel, Sinclair, David A, Walters, Kirsty A, Homer, Hayden A and Wu, Lindsay E (2023). #389 : Fertility Preservation During Chemotherapy Treatment by NAD+ Repletion in Mice. Fertility & Reproduction, 05 (04), 518-518. doi: 10.1142/s2661318223742790

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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Fogel, Brent, Becherel, Olivier, Zeitlin, Scott, Samaratunga, Hemamali, Greaney, Jessica, Homer, Hayden and Lavin, Martin (2019). Disruption of spermatogenesis and infertility in Ataxia with Oculomotor Apraxia Type 2 (AOA2). 71st Annual Meeting of the American-Academy-of-Neurology (AAN), Philadelphia, PA, United States, 4-10 May 2019. Philadelphia, PA, United States: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

  • Homer, Hayden, Yazdani, Anusch, Rice, Gregory E. and Salomon, Carlos (2017). Characterization of embryo-derived exosomal miRNAs: implications on endometrial receptivity.. 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI), Orlando, FL, United States, 15-18 March 2017. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Sage Publications.

  • Homer, Hayden (2017). Sirtuin-mediated regulation of oocyte quality. ESA-SRB-ANZBMS 2016 , Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 21-24 August 2016. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom : Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Homer, H. A., McDougall, A., Levasseur, M., Murdoch, A. P. and Herbert, M. (2006). Spindle assembly checkpoint dysfunction: a molecular correlate for human aneuploidy. 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society-for-Gynecologic-Investigation, Toronto Canada, Mar 22-25, 2006. BLACKWELL PUBLISHING.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision