Dr Jessica Rickard

BAnVetBioSc (Hons) PhD
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

B19 - R.M.C. Gunn Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 8564

Research interests

  • Applied reproduction in domestic and wild animals
  • Semen preservation and artificial insemination
  • The role of seminal plasma in sperm function and fertility
  • Production of pre-sexed offspring by flow cytometric sex-sorting and its dissemination throughout the sheep industry
  • Optimisation of oestrus synchrony to improve fertility rates following artificial insemination
  • Detection and prevention of embryo loss in sheep

Teaching and supervision

  • Honours and postgraduate research supervision relating to the projects listed below

Current projects

  • A proteomic comparison of fresh and frozen-thawed ram sperm to identify potential proteins involved in sperm-cervix interactions
  • The development of a new ultrasound technique to detect and prevent early pregnancy loss in sheep
  • The fertility of sexed ram semen

Associations

  • International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR)
  • Association for Applied Animal Andrology (AAAA)
  • Society of Reproductive Biology (SRB)

In the media

Selected grants

2015

  • Fertility of sexed ram semen; de Graaf S, Leahy T, Rickard J; Australian Wool Innovation Limited/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Maddison, J., Rickard, J., Bernecic, N., Tsikis, G., Soleilhavoup, C., Labas, V., Combes-Soia, L., Harichaux, G., Druart, X., Leahy, T., de Graaf, S. (2017). Oestrus synchronisation and superovulation alter the cervicovaginal mucus proteome of the ewe. Journal of Proteomics, 155, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Ryan, G., Hall, E., de Graaf, S., Hermes, R. (2017). Using transrectal ultrasound to examine the effect of exogenous progesterone on early embryonic loss in sheep. PloS One, 8, e0183659. [More Information]
  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., Aitken, J., de Graaf, S. (2016). D-penicillamine prevents ram sperm agglutination by reducing the disulphide bonds of a copper-binding sperm protein. Reproduction, 151(5), 491-500. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Leahy, T., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2016). Exposure to seminal plasma reduces the duration that epididymal ram spermatozoa exhibit wave motion. Animal Reproduction Science, 169, 118-118. [More Information]
  • Maddison, J., Rickard, J., Mooney, E., Bernecic, N., Soleilhavoup, C., Tsikis, G., Druart, X., Leahy, T., de Graaf, S. (2016). Oestrus synchronisation and superovulation alter the production and biochemical constituents of ovine cervicovaginal mucus. Animal Reproduction Science, 172, 114-122. [More Information]
  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., de Graaf, S. (2016). Penicillamine attenuates agglutination of ram spermatozoa in capacitating media through the reduction of disulphide bonds on a sperm binding protein. Animal Reproduction Science, 169, 95-95. [More Information]
  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., Aitken, J., de Graaf, S. (2016). Penicillamine prevents ram sperm agglutination in media that support capacitation. Reproduction, 151(2), 167-177. [More Information]
  • Pini, T., Leahy, T., Soleilhavoup, C., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Combes-Soia, L., Harichaux, G., Rickard, J., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2016). Proteomic Investigation of Ram Spermatozoa and the Proteins Conferred by Seminal Plasma. Journal of Proteome Research, 15(10), 3700-3711. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Schmidt, R., Maddison, J., Bathgate, R., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2016). Variation in seminal plasma alters the ability of ram spermatozoa to survive cryopreservation. Reproduction, Fertility and Development, 28(4), 516-523. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Leahy, T., Soleilhavoup, C., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Harichaux, G., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2015). The identification of proteomic markers of sperm freezing resilience in ram seminal plasma. Journal of Proteomics, 126, 303-311. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Pini, T., Soleilhavoup, C., Cognie, J., Bathgate, R., Lynch, G., Evans, G., Maxwell, W., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2014). Seminal plasma aids the survival and cervical transit of epididymal ram spermatozoa. Reproduction, 148, 469-478. [More Information]
  • de Graaf, S., Rickard, J., Maddison, J., Bathgate, R., Druart, X. (2013). Impaired transport of liquid and frozen stored spermatozoa through the cervix. Reproduction in Domestic Animals, 48(1), 63-63. [More Information]
  • Druart, X., Rickard, J., Mactier, S., Kohnke, P., Kershaw-Young, C., Bathgate, R., Gibb, Z., Crossett, B., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Grupen, C., de Graaf, S., et al (2013). Proteomic characterization and cross species comparison of mammalian seminal plasma. Journal of Proteomics, 91, 13-22. [More Information]
  • Druart, X., Rickard, J., Mactier, S., Kohnke, P., Kershaw-Young, C., Bathgate, R., Gibb, Z., Crossett, B., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Grupen, C., de Graaf, S., et al (2013). Proteomic characterization and cross species comparison of mammalian seminal plasma. Journal of Proteomics, 91, 13-22. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Rickard, J., Pini, T., Leahy, T., de Graaf, S. (2016). Species specific sorting protocol required for the production of high quality chill- and frozen-stored sex-sorted ram sperm. 18th International Congress on Animal Reproduction, N/A: N/A.
  • Maddison, J., Rickard, J., Bathgate, R., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2014). Changes to ovine cervical mucus induced by the oestrous cycle, oestrus synchronisation and superovulation. European Society for Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Italy: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • de Graaf, S., Rickard, J., Pini, T., Maddison, J., Druart, X., Leahy, T. (2014). Emerging Roles of Seminal Plasma in Sperm Function. 9th Biennial Conference of the Association for Applied Animal Andrology, Newcastle: Association for Applied Animal Andrology.
  • Rickard, J., Maddison, J., Pini, T., Bathgate, R., Evans, G., Maxwell, W., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2013). Exposure to seminal plasma aids the migration of epididymal ram spermatozoa through the cervix. The Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Reproductive Biology, Australia: Australian Society for Reproductive Biology.
  • de Graaf, S., Rickard, J., Maddison, J., Bathgate, R., Druart, X. (2013). Impaired transport of liquid and frozen stored spermatozoa through the cervix. European Society for Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Italy: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • Rickard, J., Bathgate, R., Maddison, J., Schmidt, R., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2013). The effect of seminal plasma from rams with varied freezing resilience on the cryosurvival of ram spermatozoa. European Society for Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Italy: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • Rickard, J., Kohnke, P., Bathgate, R., Druart, X., Lynch, G., de Graaf, S. (2012). A preliminary assessment of the ram spermatozoa glycoproteome using 2DLC-MS/MS. International Congress on Animal Reproduction, Canada: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • de Graaf, S., Grupen, C., Rickard, J., Bathgate, R., Mactier, S., Kohnke, B., Crossett, B., Maxwell, W., Christopherson, R., Druart, X. (2012). Identification of Membrane Glycoproteins of Ejaculated and Epididymal Boar Spermatozoa Using LC-MS/MS. The 2nd World Congress of Reproductive Biology, N/A: N/A.

2017

  • Maddison, J., Rickard, J., Bernecic, N., Tsikis, G., Soleilhavoup, C., Labas, V., Combes-Soia, L., Harichaux, G., Druart, X., Leahy, T., de Graaf, S. (2017). Oestrus synchronisation and superovulation alter the cervicovaginal mucus proteome of the ewe. Journal of Proteomics, 155, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Ryan, G., Hall, E., de Graaf, S., Hermes, R. (2017). Using transrectal ultrasound to examine the effect of exogenous progesterone on early embryonic loss in sheep. PloS One, 8, e0183659. [More Information]

2016

  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., Aitken, J., de Graaf, S. (2016). D-penicillamine prevents ram sperm agglutination by reducing the disulphide bonds of a copper-binding sperm protein. Reproduction, 151(5), 491-500. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Leahy, T., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2016). Exposure to seminal plasma reduces the duration that epididymal ram spermatozoa exhibit wave motion. Animal Reproduction Science, 169, 118-118. [More Information]
  • Maddison, J., Rickard, J., Mooney, E., Bernecic, N., Soleilhavoup, C., Tsikis, G., Druart, X., Leahy, T., de Graaf, S. (2016). Oestrus synchronisation and superovulation alter the production and biochemical constituents of ovine cervicovaginal mucus. Animal Reproduction Science, 172, 114-122. [More Information]
  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., de Graaf, S. (2016). Penicillamine attenuates agglutination of ram spermatozoa in capacitating media through the reduction of disulphide bonds on a sperm binding protein. Animal Reproduction Science, 169, 95-95. [More Information]
  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., Aitken, J., de Graaf, S. (2016). Penicillamine prevents ram sperm agglutination in media that support capacitation. Reproduction, 151(2), 167-177. [More Information]
  • Pini, T., Leahy, T., Soleilhavoup, C., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Combes-Soia, L., Harichaux, G., Rickard, J., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2016). Proteomic Investigation of Ram Spermatozoa and the Proteins Conferred by Seminal Plasma. Journal of Proteome Research, 15(10), 3700-3711. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Pini, T., Leahy, T., de Graaf, S. (2016). Species specific sorting protocol required for the production of high quality chill- and frozen-stored sex-sorted ram sperm. 18th International Congress on Animal Reproduction, N/A: N/A.
  • Rickard, J., Schmidt, R., Maddison, J., Bathgate, R., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2016). Variation in seminal plasma alters the ability of ram spermatozoa to survive cryopreservation. Reproduction, Fertility and Development, 28(4), 516-523. [More Information]

2015

  • Rickard, J., Leahy, T., Soleilhavoup, C., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Harichaux, G., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2015). The identification of proteomic markers of sperm freezing resilience in ram seminal plasma. Journal of Proteomics, 126, 303-311. [More Information]

2014

  • Maddison, J., Rickard, J., Bathgate, R., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2014). Changes to ovine cervical mucus induced by the oestrous cycle, oestrus synchronisation and superovulation. European Society for Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Italy: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • de Graaf, S., Rickard, J., Pini, T., Maddison, J., Druart, X., Leahy, T. (2014). Emerging Roles of Seminal Plasma in Sperm Function. 9th Biennial Conference of the Association for Applied Animal Andrology, Newcastle: Association for Applied Animal Andrology.
  • Rickard, J., Pini, T., Soleilhavoup, C., Cognie, J., Bathgate, R., Lynch, G., Evans, G., Maxwell, W., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2014). Seminal plasma aids the survival and cervical transit of epididymal ram spermatozoa. Reproduction, 148, 469-478. [More Information]

2013

  • Rickard, J., Maddison, J., Pini, T., Bathgate, R., Evans, G., Maxwell, W., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2013). Exposure to seminal plasma aids the migration of epididymal ram spermatozoa through the cervix. The Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Reproductive Biology, Australia: Australian Society for Reproductive Biology.
  • de Graaf, S., Rickard, J., Maddison, J., Bathgate, R., Druart, X. (2013). Impaired transport of liquid and frozen stored spermatozoa through the cervix. Reproduction in Domestic Animals, 48(1), 63-63. [More Information]
  • de Graaf, S., Rickard, J., Maddison, J., Bathgate, R., Druart, X. (2013). Impaired transport of liquid and frozen stored spermatozoa through the cervix. European Society for Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Italy: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • Druart, X., Rickard, J., Mactier, S., Kohnke, P., Kershaw-Young, C., Bathgate, R., Gibb, Z., Crossett, B., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Grupen, C., de Graaf, S., et al (2013). Proteomic characterization and cross species comparison of mammalian seminal plasma. Journal of Proteomics, 91, 13-22. [More Information]
  • Druart, X., Rickard, J., Mactier, S., Kohnke, P., Kershaw-Young, C., Bathgate, R., Gibb, Z., Crossett, B., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Grupen, C., de Graaf, S., et al (2013). Proteomic characterization and cross species comparison of mammalian seminal plasma. Journal of Proteomics, 91, 13-22. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Bathgate, R., Maddison, J., Schmidt, R., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2013). The effect of seminal plasma from rams with varied freezing resilience on the cryosurvival of ram spermatozoa. European Society for Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Italy: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.

2012

  • Rickard, J., Kohnke, P., Bathgate, R., Druart, X., Lynch, G., de Graaf, S. (2012). A preliminary assessment of the ram spermatozoa glycoproteome using 2DLC-MS/MS. International Congress on Animal Reproduction, Canada: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • de Graaf, S., Grupen, C., Rickard, J., Bathgate, R., Mactier, S., Kohnke, B., Crossett, B., Maxwell, W., Christopherson, R., Druart, X. (2012). Identification of Membrane Glycoproteins of Ejaculated and Epididymal Boar Spermatozoa Using LC-MS/MS. The 2nd World Congress of Reproductive Biology, N/A: N/A.

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