Teaching Staff

EPRD teaching staff

The success of the MClinEmb /GradFipRepSi course are due, to a large part, to the calibre of guest lecturers we have delivering the course content. All of our presenters are either academics with clinical backgrounds or currently have active clinical roles in IVF and fertility centres across Victoria, and many have internationally recognised careers.

Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith

EPRD Director, MRS Course Coordinator

Peter is a zoologist by training and a reproductive biologist by discipline and research experience. He graduated in science, with a major in Zoology, from the University of Tasmania (BSc Hons) and completed a PhD in Zoology at the Australian National University, Canberra.

From the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, he collaborated with Monash IVF to develop various techniques relating to severe  forms of male infertility. Peter achieved international success for newly developed techniques, and in 1984 and 1991 he worked as a consultant for the World Health Organisation.

In 1988, Peter co-founded and became Director of what would become the Education Program in Reproductive Biology (EPRD), and in 1997 he was appointed Director of Conservation and Research at Zoos holding  this position until 2004. During this time he was appointed as a Professorial Fellow (Honorary) in the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne.  He has a continuing interest in the use of ART for improving the conservation of endangered species.

In 2005 he returned to Monash University as Director of EPRD. He has published over 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals and was co-investigator in the sequencing of the platypus genome. Peter retains a strong interest in animal reproduction and current research interests include  sperm structure and function and manipulation of mammalian gametes, structure  and function of the epididymis, the use of induced pluripotent stem cells in  developing new tools for assisted reproduction of endangered species, and  control of fibrosis in wound healing.  Find out more about Peter.

Dr Sally Catt

MCE Course Coordinator

For the past 20 years, Sally has been training and guiding Master and PhD students in all aspects of IVF, including cloning, transgenesis, ICSI, cryopreservation and embryo transfer and since 2006 has taken on a full-time education role as Coordinator of the Master of Clinical Embryology Course.

Sally completed her first degree at Edinburgh University in 1983 and after working as a reproductive toxicologist, she took her first job as an embryologist at Bourn Hall, Cambridge UK, training under Mr. Patrick Steptoe and Professor Bob Edwards, and after that specialising in the commercialisation of cattle IVF.

Sally’s work in domestic species l IVF has seen her move Cambridge to New Zealand and then to to the University of Sydney, where she initially set up a domestic and laboratory species IVF facility; and then took on a Meat Research Corporation Junior Fellowship allowing her to complete a PhD evaluating the feasibility and commercial practicality of producing lambs following X and Y sperm separation by flow cytometry using in vivo and in vitro methodologies.

Sally returned to the clinical IVF field working as an embryologist at Fertility First, Sydney and later as a Research embryologist at Sydney IVF (now Genea). In 2004, she joined Dr Helen Picton in Leeds University, UK as a Research Fellow studying the growth of ovine pre-antral follicles and the subsequent maturation and fertilisation of their oocytes.

In 2009 Sally became the Education Co-ordinator within SIRT and is also a member of the “Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority Public Education Reference Group”. She also consults for clinics in Australia and Asia.  Find out more about Sally.

Dr Mulyoto Pangestu

MCE Practical Coordinator and Laboratory Manager

MCE Practical Coordinator and Laboratory Manager Dr Mulyoto Pangestu Mulyoto obtained his first degree in Animal Husbandry majoring in Animal Reproduction from Jenderal Soedirman University, Indonesia. He was then appointed as a lecturer in Reproductive Physiology in the same faculty. In 1993, he received an Australian Government Scholarship (AIDAB) for PostGraduate study in Australia. First he took the Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science at Melbourne University then Master in Reproductive Sciences at Monash University. He was conducting his research on in vitro production of bovine embryos and cryopreservation, under supervision of Dr. Jill Shaw and Dr. Ian Lewis, at the Centre for Early Human Development. In 1995 he went back to Indonesia and was involved in IVF at Permata Hati Infertility Clinic in Jogyakarta, while he also remained as a lecturer at Jenderal Soedirman University. In 1998 he received another scholarship from the Asian Development Bank to continue his doctoral study and completed his PhD with Dr Jill Shaw and Dr. Orly Lacham-Kaplan on dry storage of biological material. During his PhD study Mulyoto was also working as a research embryologist on human oocyte vitrification with Dr. Lilia Kuleshova, in 1999-2000. In 2000 he won a Gold Award of Asia-Pacific Young Inventors sponsored by Hewlett Packard and the Far Eastern Economic review for his research on sperm dry storage, which was then known as evaporative drying. He completed his PhD in 2002, then work ed as a research fellow at Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development. Mulyoto has been involved with Master in Clinical Embryology since 2001, first as a lab demonstrator for micromanipulation and then as Unit Coordinator in 2003. In 2005 he was appointed as Laboratory Manager and Practical Coordinator for the MCE. Mulyoto is also involved in running EPRDs short course and workshop program both in house and overseas. Mulyoto helps to set up new IVF clinics in Indonesia and is consultant for four clinics in Indonesia. He also holds a lecturer position in Indonesia where he teaches and conducts workshops in the field of IVF.  Find out more about Mulyoto.

Dr Kiri Beilby

GRS Course Coordinator

Kiri has joined our team in 2017, along with developing the short-course programmes, she will become involved in MCE teaching on many levels as the year progresses. Kiri completed her PhD on the Development of sex-preselection technology for agricultural industries, graduating from the University of Sydney in 2010 and also completed a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication at the Australian National University, Australia in 2012. Since then she has had various roles with Origio, notably as the International product manager, she has designed and introduced new culture media to the market, and latterly she had the role of Head of Medical Marketing, coordinating training programmes throughout the world. She returned to Australia after 4 years in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Find out more about Kiri.

Penny Chen

MCE Practical Coordinator and EPRD Administrator

Penny completed her Medical Degree in 1987, graduating from School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (formerly known as Shanghai Second Medical University). She practised medicine in China before moving to Australia. Penny completed the Master of Clinical Embryology Course at Monash University in 2005 and joined the course as a Practical Tutor in 2008, and since then has taken on considerable responsibility in the management and teaching of the Masters course and associated work-shops. Penny is involved in running the MCE laboratories and involved in the practical coordination, and is also a point of contact for all administrative matters.  Find out more about Penny.

Duc Huynh

MCE Practical Tutor

Duc completed his Medical Degree in 2012, graduating from Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Vietnam, where he then worked clinically. In 2015, Duc graduated from Master of Clinical Embryology at Monash University. Duc has been a practical tutor for the MCE program since graduating. He has become an invaluable and integral member of the EPRD team, introducing new technology and training methods. Duc plays a key role in teaching the advanced training courses (ICSI and biopsy) offered by EPRD to those working in the IVF industry.

Emma Lingham

MCE Lecturer/Prac Tutor and Education Design

Emma graduated as Dux from the Master of Clinical Embryology in 2012 and has trained and worked as a clinical embryologist since her graduation. In 2014 she won a joint tender to create an Embryology Training manual and logbook for Embryologists and Andrologists in Australia and New Zealand commissioned by Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT) a sub-group representing the scientific membership of The Fertility Society of Australia. This was published early 2016. Emma became a committee member for SIRT last year and has initiated and promoted several educational meetings and workshops within the SIRT community. Emma’s strength in design and delivery of educational material has been apparent since her study days.  Find out more about Emma.