Dr Deborah M. Sloboda PhD

Deborah Sloboda

Dr Deborah M. Sloboda PhD

• NRCGD Deputy Director

• NRCGD Associate Director, Experimental physiology

• NRCGD Project Leader

• Senior Research Fellow, The Liggins Institute


Dr Deborah Sloboda is a fetal physiologist who received her PhD from the University of Toronto focusing the effects of stress hormones during pregnancy on the fetal hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis and metabolic development. In 2001 she was awarded the Forrest Fetal Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Women’s and Infants’ Research Foundation, at The University of Western Australia to investigate the role of antenatal stress hormones on fetal development. There she also established a new research platform investigating the prenatal origins of reproductive disorders.

In 2006 Deborah joined the Liggins Institute where she investigates the effects of maternal nutrition on the developing reproductive and stress axes and related metabolic function. She maintains active ties with Australia through her prospective study of adolescent girls and reproductive function. She is a member of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Council and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.

Deborah is the Deputy Director of the NRCGD and is leading an NRCGD Major Project investigating the effects of maternal high fat nutrition on maternal care and associated changes in reproductive function in offspring and grand-offspring including: pubertal onset, fertility, hypothalamic reproductive drivers and ovarian function. Within this project she has an active collaboration with Dr Mark Hampton investigating the impact of maternal high fat nutrition on oxidative stress in the ovaries of the offspring.

Contact details

The Liggins Institute

The University of Auckland

Private Bag 92019

Auckland 1142, New Zealand

Email d.sloboda <at> auckland.ac.nz; Phone +64 9 9233016