A/Prof Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino is a NHMRC RD Wright (CDF2) Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mercy Hospital for Women, University of Melbourne. A/Prof Kaitu’u-Lino leads the Diagnostics Discovery and Reverse Translation team under the wider Translational Obstetrics Group, a team of clinicians and scientists who are focused on developing concepts in the laboratory, and taking these to the clinic.
She currently has two major research focuses; 1) Identifying new diagnostics to clinically identify preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction (to reduce the incidence of stillbirth) 2) Understanding the pathogenesis of these diseases to assist in identifying new therapeutic targets.
A/Prof Kaitu’u-Lino has published 80 peer-reviewed publications to date (Jan 2019); most are published in leading specialist journals for her field and in prestigious interdisciplinary journals.
A/Prof Kaitu’u-Lino is currently CI on five NHMRC Project Grants and one NHMRC Fellowship. Since being awarded her PhD in 2008 (and with 32 months of career interruption for child rearing since), she has amassed >$6.5M in funding (including University and Philanthropic funding)
A/Prof Kaitu’u-Lino has received many awards for presentations given at national and international conferences and also for community engagement, including being awarded Young Tall Poppy of the Year in 2012.
A/Prof Kaitu’u-Lino is currently a Council Member for the Society for Reproductive Biology and has previously served as a Board Member for the Australian Society for Medical Research. She also regularly acts as an ad hoc reviewer for International journals within the field of reproductive biology, including Human Reproduction, Endocrinology and Molecular Human Reproduction.
In the last 5 years A/Prof Kaitu'u-Lino has been CI on 8 NHMRC grants, including a CDF1 (completed 2018), CDF2 (2019-2022) and 6 NHMRC Project Grants (5 current in 2019). She is also CI on an additional 12 grants from the University and Philanthropic organisations.
Education and training
Monash University 2008
Monash University 2002
Awards and honors
Robinson Research Award for Excellence in Reproduction, Society for Reproductive Biology,
Gabor Than Award for Excellence in placentology, International Federation of Placental Associations,
President's Presenter Award, Society for Reproductive Investigation,
Newcastle Emerging Leader Award, Society for Reproductive Biology,
A/Prof Tu'uhevaha Kaitu'u-Lino leads a dynamic team of clinicians and scientists focused on developing diagnostics for pregnancy complications. She is currently focussed on developing a blood test that could prevent stillbirth, and improving the understanding of major diseases of pregnancy such as preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction.