Executive Champions

A/Professor Bob Wong, School of Biologial Sciences, Monash University

Executive Champion of Environmental Sustainability Theme

Bob Wong is a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist based in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. Research in Bob’s Research Group focuses on the evolution of animal mating systems and behaviour, and how investment in sex influences reproductive strategies and biological diversity. In recent years, Bob and his Group have been investigating the impacts of environmental change on animal behaviour, including the effects of chemical pollution on reproduction in wildlife – and their ecological and evolutionary consequences

Professor Eva Dimitriadis, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne

Executive Champion of Human Health Theme

Eva Dimitriadis is a Professor in Reproductive Biology and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow located at The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne and co-heads the Gynaecology Research Centre at The Royal Women’s Hospital. Eva’s lab focuses on how the endometrium (womb) and embryos develop and interact to ensure a healthy pregnancy is established. Her team’s work aims to alleviate infertility, miscarriage and pregnancy disorders including preeclampsia, pre-term birth and still birth. Understanding how embryo implantation is established is essential to developing treatments for these conditions.

Professor Michael Holland, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland

Executive Champion of Agricultural Productivity Theme

Michael Holland is currently a Professorial Research Fellow in, and former deputy head of, the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. Michael has over 40 years’ experience working in reproduction, focusing on both male and female reproductive biology. The broad focus of his research is developing and enhancing assisted reproductive technologies to deliver commercial benefit in the livestock industry. His research focuses on characterising stem cells, developing immunocontraceptive methods to replace surgical spaying in livestock and developing strategies to improve IVF success rates in the agricultural industry.