Dr. Jella Wauters


Department of Reproduction Biology

External position: Post-doctoral researcher Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 - 615

Short curriculum vitae

Since February 2019 Jella Wauters holds the position of wildlife endocrinologist in the department of reproduction biology. Her main research interest is giant panda reproductive physiology. In addition she contributes to many IZW projects with her expertise in monitoring of reproduction and animal welfare.

Research interests
  • Pathway unraveling of the reproductive biology of threatened species to better support their conservation programs (e.g. the giant panda)
  • Reproductive monitoring of threatened species as a preparation for ART
  • Biomarker identification for oestrus/pregnancy assisted by metabolomics (based on state-of-the-art hyphenated LC-MS techniques)
Selected publications

Azevedo A, Wauters J, Kirschbaum C, Serra R, Rivas A, Jewgenow K (2020): Sex steroids and glucocorticoid ratios in Iberian lynx hair. CONSERV PHYSIOL 8, coaa075. doi:10.1093/conphys/coaa075

Wilson KS, Wauters J, Valentine I, McNeilly A, Girling S, Li R, Li D, Zhang H, Rae MT, Howie F, Andrew R, Duncan WC (2019): Urinary estrogens as a non-invasive biomarker of viable pregnancy in the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). SCI REP 9, 12772. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-49288-6