Dr Debbie Blake

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Research Officier, Senior Scientist

Phone: 921 7993

Email: debbie.blake@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
Biotechnology Research Institute
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
19 Mount St
Auckland City

Postal Address:
Biotechnology Research Institute
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand
(MailNo C-52)

Links to relevant web pages:
Biotechnology Research Institute


BSc Auck, MHSc(Hons) Auck, PhD AUT

Teaching Areas:

  • Assisted Reproductive Biology (embryo culture, assisted hatching, epigenetics, GH, super-ovulation, in-vivo and in-vitro embryo attachment models, endometrial lavage)
  • Glycobiology

Research Areas:

  • Embryo implantation (apposition and adhesion)
  • Novel membrane modifying constructs
  • KODE FEM (fertility enhancing molecules)
  • Cochrane Collaboration reviewer for fertility based clinical trials
  • Member of the ACART future scanning group (advisory committee for Assisted Reproductive Technologies)

Current Research Projects:

Supervision of PhD and MPhil students on KODE construct and fertility related projects.  Aim is to explore the alteration of cell function or interactions by modifying the external bi-lipid cell surface membrane with novel KODE molecules.


Blake D. Blastocyst transfer: Improvements in ART evidence based approach.  International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) Durban Conference Proceedings. In: Advances in Fertility Studies and Reproductive Medicine p175-185 Ed: TF Kruger, Z Van Der Spuy, RD Kempers Cape Town Pub: JUTA and Co Ltd 2007

Johnson N, Blake D, Farquhar C. Book Chapter: Blastocyst or cleavage stage embryo transfer.  In Best Practice and Research in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Ed Norman R. Elsevier Pub, p21-40 2006

Blake, D.A., Forsberg, A. S., Johansson, B. R. and Wikland, M. (2001) Laser zona pellucida thinning - an alternative approach to assisted hatching. Hum Reprod 6, 9, 1959-1964

Blake DA, Proctor  M, Johnson NP. (2004) The merits of blastocyst versus cleavage stage embryo transfer: a Cochrane review.  Hum Reprod 19:4 p795-807

Deborah Blake, Nikki Carter, Kate Erikson, Eleanor Williams, Stephen Henry.  Embryo cell surface and zona modification via a novel KODE™ Technology,  Oral presentation International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) Durban, South Africa 2007

Blake DA, Chen J, Gilliver LG, Henry SM. Sensitivity controls for blood serology prepared from modified cells (PCT International Application PCT/NZ02/00214), Patent Attorneys - Baldwin, Shelston Waters, 2002

Blake D, Carter NL, Henry SM. Embryo modification and implantation (PCT International Application PCT/NZ03/00059), Patent Attorneys - Baldwin Shelston Waters, 2003

Farquhar C, Blake DA, Johnson N. (2005) Systematic Review of assisted hatching for assisted reproductive technology.  Report to the Ministry of Health from the New Zealand Guidelines Group

Farquhar C, Blake DA, Johnson N. (2005) Systematic Review of blastocyst transfer for assisted reproductive technology.  Report to the Ministry of Health from the New Zealand Guidelines Group