2018-21       Discovery Early Career Research Award, Australian

Research Council, $365 083 (AUD) The evolution of a new organ: Does spurious maternal-fetal signalling support the evolution of a placenta?

2018-21       University of Melbourne Establishment Grant, University of

Melbourne $50 000 (AUD)

2018-20       McKenzie Fellowship, University of Melbourne $ 262 270

(AUD). I withdrew from this fellowship because I was awarded the DECRA

2017-20       University of Otago, Health Sciences Postdoctoral

Fellowship $228 688 (NZD). I withdrew from this fellowship because I was awarded the DECRA

2015-17       Gaylord Donnelley Environmental Postdoctoral Fellowship,

Yale University $104 000 (USD)

2017           SMBE Registration Reimbursement Award

2016           SMBE Registration Reimbursement Award

 

2014            University of Sydney Graduates Union of North America

Alumni Scholarship

 

2014            University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support

Scheme

 

2014            Australian Society of Herpetologists’ student research grant

Genomic imprinting in a reptilian model

 

2014            EMBL Australia Symposium Grant

 

2012            University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support

Scheme

 

2012-15       University of Sydney Thompson Lab top up Scholarship

 

 

2012-15       Australian Post Graduate Award

 

2011            Australian Society of Herpetologists Travel Grant

21. Chavan AR, Griffith OW, Stadtmauer D, Maziarz J, Pavlicev M, Fishman R, Koren L, Romero R, Wagner GP (Pre Print) Evolution of embryo implantation was enabled by the origin of decidual cells in eutherian mammals. bioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/429571

20. Griffith, OW, Vhavan, AR, Pavlicev, M, Protopapas, S, Callahan, R, Maziarz, J, Wagner, GP (2019) Endometrial recognition of pregnancy occurs in the grey short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica). Proc Roy Soc B, 286, 20190691. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.0691 Download


19. Erkenbrack, EM, Maziarz, JD, Griffith, OW, Liang, C, Chavan, AR, Nnamanim MC, and Wagner, GP (2018) The mammalian decidual cell evolved from a cellular stress response. PLoS Biolhttps://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2005594 Download

18. Van Dyke, JU & Griffith OW (2018) Mechanisms of reproductive allocation as drivers of developmental plasticity in reptiles. J Exp Zool Part A. https://doi.org/10.1002/jez.2165 Download

17. Wagner, GP, Griffith, OW, Bergmann, P, Bello-Hellegouarch, G, Kohlsdorf, T, Bhullar, A, & Siler, CD (2018) Are there general laws for digit evolution in squamates? The loss and re-evolution of digits in a clade of fossorial lizards (Brachymeles, Scincinae). J Morphhttps://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20834 Download

16. Griffith, OW, Chavan, AR, Protopapas, S, Maziarz, J, Romero, R, & Wagner, GP (2018) Reply to Liu: inflammation before implantation both in evolution and development, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA115 (1), E3-E4. ​http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1717001115

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15. Cornetti, L, Griffith, OW, Benazzo, A, Panziera, A, Whittington, CM, Thompson, MB, Vernesi, C, Bertorelle, G (2018) Candidate genes involved in the evolution of viviparity: a RAD sequencing experiment in the lizard Zootoca vivipara (Squamata: Lacertidae), Zool J Linn Soc, 183 (1), 196-207https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx069 Download

14. Chavan, AR, Griffith, OW, & Wagner, GP (2017) The inflammation paradox in the evolution of mammalian pregnancy: turning a foe into a friend, Cur Opin Genetics Dev, 47, 24-32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gde.2017.08.004 Download

13. Griffith, OW, Chavan, AR, Protopapas, S, Maziarz, J, Romero, R, & Wagner, GP (2017) Embryo implantation evolved from an ancestral inflammatory attachment reaction, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 114 (32), E6566-E6575. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1701129114 Download

12. Griffith, OW & Wagner, GP (2017) The placenta as a model for understanding the origin and evolution of vertebrate organs, Nature Ecol Evol, 1 (4), 0072. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0072 Download

11. Siler, CD, Davis, DR, Watters, JL, Freitas, ES, Griffith, OW, Bindaday, JW, Lobos, AHT, Armaga, AK, & Brown, RM (2017) The first record of the Pseudogekko brevipes Complex from the northern Philippines, with description of a new species from Luzon Island. Herpetologica. 73 (2), 162-175. 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1655/HERPETOLOGICA-D-16-00074 Download

10. Griffith, OW, Brandley, MC, Whittington, CM, Belov, K, & Thompson, MB (2017) Comparative genomics of hormonal signaling in the chorioallantoic membrane of oviparous and viviparous amniotes, Gen Comp Endocrinol. 244, 19-29. 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ygcen.2016.04.017 Download

9. Griffith, OW, Brandley, MC, Belov, K, & Thompson, MB (2016) Reptile pregnancy is underpinned by complex changes in uterine gene expression: a comparative analysis of the uterine transcriptome in viviparous and oviparous lizards, Genome Biol Evol, 8 (10), 3226-3239. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evw229 Download

 

8. Griffith, OW, Brandley, MC, Belov, K, & Thompson, MB (2016) Allelic expression of mammalian imprinted genes in a matrotrophic lizard, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii, Dev Genes Evol, 26 (2), 79-85. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00427-016-0531-x Download

 

7.     Whittington, CW, Griffith, OW, Qi, W, Thompson, MB, & Wilson, AB (2015) Seahorse brood pouch transcriptome reveals common genes associated with vertebrate pregnancy, Mol Biol Evol, 32 (12), 3114-3131. 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msv177

 

6. Griffith, OW (2015) Mechanisms of placental evolution: the genetics and physiology of pregnancy in lizards. PhD Thesis, University of Sydney.  http://hdl.handle.net/2123/13600 Download

 

5.     Griffith, OW, Blackburn, DG, Brandley, MC, Van Dyke, JU, Whittington, CW, & Thompson, M.B. (2015) Ancestral state reconstructions require biological evidence to test evolutionary hypotheses: A case study examining the evolution of reproductive mode in squamate reptiles, J Exp Zool Part B, 324 (6), 493-503.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jez.b.22614

 

 

4.    Van Dyke, JU, Griffith, OW, & Thompson, MB (2014) High food abundance permits the evolution of placentotrophy: evidence from a placental lizard, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii. Am Nat, 184 (2), 198-210. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/677138

 

 

3.    Griffith, OW, Ujvari, B, Belov, K, & Thompson, MB (2013) Placental lipoprotein lipase (LPL) gene expression in a placentotrophic lizard, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii. J Exp Zool Part B, 320 (7), 465-470. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jez.b.22526

 

 

2.    Griffith, OW, Van Dyke, JU, & Thompson, MB (2013) No implantation in an extrauterine pregnancy of a placentotrophic reptile. Placenta, 34 (16), 510-511. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.placenta.2013.03.002

 

 

1. Wongvilas, S, Deowanish, S, Lim, J, Xie, VRD, Griffith, OW, & Oldroyd, BP (2010). Interspecific and conspecific colony mergers in the dwarf honey bees Apis andreniformis and A. florea. Insectes Sociaux, 57, 251-255.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00040-010-0080-7

Awards and honours 

2016            Jabez King Heydon Memorial Prize, (Awarded to most

meritorious PhD in the previous twelve months from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney).

 

2014            Short Listed for the Hamilton Prize, Evolution 2014, Raleigh,

North Carolina.

 

2013            Finalist Post-Graduate Excellence Prize, School of

Biological Science, University of Sydney.

 

2012            Herpetologists League Graduate Research Prize, third

place (Oral presentation) at the 7th World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver.

 

2011            Australian Society of Herpetologists Murray Little John

Award.

Publications 
Grants 
Invited seminars 

2017            “Understanding implantation and implantation failure: an

evolutionary perspective”, Special seminar – Centre for Prevention of Preterm Birth, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio

2017           “Evolution of the placenta: a tale of the first contact between

mother and baby", Brooklyn College Biology seminar series, City University of New York. Brooklyn, New York.

2017           “Using marsupials to understand the origin of implantation in

live bearing mammals”, Yale Evolution and Development Symposium, Yale, West Haven, Connecticut

 

2017           “Immune regulation is a key innovation of eutherian mammal

pregnancy” Nano Biology Spring Seminar Series, Yale, West Haven, Connecticut

2017           “Maternal-fetal signalling and the evolution of a placenta in

reptiles and mammals” Trinity College Biology Spring Seminar Series, Hartford, Connecticut

2016            “A molecular and ecophysiology approach to understanding

the evolution of pregnancy in reptiles and mammals” – East Tennessee State University Biology’s Autumn seminar series

2016            “Innovations of pregnancy; the molecular and ecological

consequences of pregnancy in reptiles and mammals” – Yale Institute for Biospheric studies’ Autumn seminar

series

2014            “Parent offspring conflict and the evolution of placentae in

reptiles”, University of New South Wales – Phenotypic Variation and Evolution symposium (2014)

 

2014            “Complex innovations, parent offspring conflict and the

evolution of the placenta”, Yale University - Yale University West Campus Systems Biology Seminar (2014)

Public interest articles

2019 Article for The Conversation - Griffith, OW New research could lead to a pregnancy test for endangered marsupials. 20/06/2019

2018 Opinion Piece for the Sydney Morning Herald - Griffith, OW Growing up gay in a Christian school had lasting effects on my life. 06/11/2018 

2017 Article for The Conversation - Griffith, OW What marsupials taught us about embryo implantation could help women using IVF. 27/07/2017

2017 Article for The Conversation – Griffith, OW Using the placenta to understand how complex organs evolve. 29/03/2016

2016  Article for The Conversation – Griffith, OW 2016 Pregnancy: cooperative paradise or conflict-driven battle between mother and child?, 05/05/2016

2014    Article for The Conversation – Griffith, OW 2014 Lizards help us find out which came first: The baby or the egg?, 20/08/2014

2018-21       Discovery Early Career Research Award, Australian

Research Council,
$365 083

2018-21       University of Melbourne Establishment Grant, University of

Melbourne,

$50 000

2018-21       McKenzie Fellowship, University of Melbourne $ 262 270. I

withdrew from this fellowship because I was awarded the DECRA.

2017-20       University of Otago, Health Sciences Postdoctoral

Fellowship $228 688 (NZD). I withdrew from this fellowship because I was awarded the DECRA.

2015-17       Gaylord Donnelley Environmental Postdoctoral Fellowship,

Yale University $104 000 (USD)

 

2017            SMBE Registration Reimbursement Award $450 (USD)

 

2016            SMBE Registration Reimbursement Award $500

 

2014            University of Sydney Graduates Union of North America

Alumni Scholarship, $2 500

 

2014            University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support

Scheme, $2 250

 

2014            Australian Society of Herpetologists’ student research grant

- Genomic imprinting in a reptilian model, $1 250

 

2014            EMBL Australia Symposium Grant, $100

 

2012            University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support

Scheme, $1 610

 

2012-15       University of Sydney Thompson Lab top up Scholarship

$35 000

 

2012-15       Australian Post Graduate Award, $ 83 048

 

2011            Australian Society of Herpetologists Travel Grant, $250

Evolutionary Biology

University of Melbourne

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