IBREAM Directors

Professor Robert Millar. Edinburgh, UKProfessor Robert (Bob) Millar grew up in Zimbabwe where he developed a passion for African wildlife and studied Zoology, Botany and Chemistry at the University of the then Rhodesia and Nyasaland. He then obtained a masters in Biochemistry in London and a PhD on the reproductive biology of the hyrax in Liverpool before moving into human biomedicical research at the University of Cape Town where he became Professor ad hominem. He then became  Director of the MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit, UK which comprises over 100 researchers and attracts about £5 million annual funding. Since April 2011, he is the Director of the Mammal Research Institute in Pretoria.
Dr Mervyn Jacobson. Melbourne, Australia Dr. Jacobson, is a legally qualified Medical Practitioner. He has more than 35 years experience in developing new medical technology and in bringing new medical and biomedical goods and services to the market, working with biotechnology enterprises in Australia, UK, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Mexico and China. In 1989, he co-founded GeneType AG, the research start-up that subsequently led to the formation of Genetic Technologies Limited. In February 2000, he was appointed by the Governor of Colorado to the Governor’s Advisory Council in Biotechnology. He was also a founding Director of the Colorado Biotechnology Association and XY, Inc., a biotechnology company he co-founded with Colorado State University in Colorado. Recently he has taken on the role of Chairman of the wolf sanctuary W.O.L.F. which is also based in Colorado. Dr. Jacobson currently serves as a consultant to GTG, as its Vice President of Global Licensing and Intellectual Property. He also serves as CEO of ImmunAid Ltd, which is now developing a new treatment strategy for cancer patients, based on the anti-cancer treatment being administered at specific times, linked to subtle variations within the immune system.
His passion for music has driven him to also take an active role, as Co-Chair, of the Melbourne City Opera.
monique-paris Dr. Monique Paris. Townsville, Australia Monique is the Co-founder and Research Director of IBREAM. She is a wildlife biologist who has specialized in the area of wildlife reproduction. She holds a PhD from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She has an active role in the current 4 IBREAM programs.

Since August 2011, she has been appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, which now gives a solid base to PhD students under the IBREAM umbrella. Click to visit her UWA homepage.

Advisory Board

Prof Elissa Cameron (SA) Prof Ben Colenbrander (NL)
Roger Collinson (SA) Dr. Fredrik Dalerum (SA)
Prof Wenche Farstad (NO)
Wenche Farstad is a Professor in Canid reproduction and works at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). She is actively involved in our canid projects and her expertise in canid semen freezing is invaluable for IBREAM in order to freeze high quality semen of our endangered canid species, the Ethiopian wolf and the African wild dog.
Prof Andre Ganswindt (SA)
To learn more about Dr. Andre Ganswindt, visit his homepage at the University of Pretoria.
Prof Eric Harley (SA) Dr Thomas Hildebrandt (DE)
Dr Henry Jabbour (UK) Dr Inza Kone (CI)
Inza Kone holds a PhD in Primate Conservation Biology from the University of Cocody in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and Post-doctoral fellowships in Bio-anthropology and Primate Ethology from the Universities of Madison-Wisconsin (USA) and Louis Pasteur (France).
Dr Linda Penfold (USA)
Linda is the Director at South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction & Conservation which she founded in 2011. SEZARC involves a group of zoo and conservation centers focusing on solutions for reproductive challenges to support self-sustaining populations of endangered species in captivity and the wild.
Mr Rob Thomas (UK)
Prof Alan Trounson (Aus/USA) Prof Ian Wilmut (UK)
Dr Yirmed Demeke (Ethiopia)