Peter Temple-Smith, PhD

Peter trained as a reproductive biologist with a Ph.D. from the Australian National University and a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellow for three years in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology & Physiology at Cornell University Medical College in New York working on fertilization biology. He subsequently worked with Monash IVF to develop novel surgical and IVF–related treatments for severe forms of male infertility and has been a consultant in this field for the World Health Organisation.

He is currently Director of the Education Program in Reproduction and Development and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University at Monash Medical Centre. He has published over 130 original scientific articles and his current research interests include: control of the ovarian reserve and modeling human menstruation and menstrual disorders using the spiny mouse as the animal model; and hormonal and cytokine control of fibrosis in skin diseases and wound healing. He is also a research adviser for the Advanced Plastic Surgery Education Foundation and Director for the Australian Frozen Zoo. During the last 10 years, he has worked with colleagues Seungmin Ham, Graeme Southwick, Euan Wallace, and Craig Harrison to understand the molecular mechanisms controlling the development of keloid, Dupuytren’s and breast capsule formation and developing clinical treatments for these conditions.