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Associate Professor Peter Roberts

Associate Professor Peter Roberts

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5455, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO17.210
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5455  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO17.210  


Peter is an Associate Professor in the School of Medical Sciences and is Director of the Systems and Intervention Research Centre for Health. He is Coordinator, Higher Degrees by Research (MSc, PhD) and the Bachelor of Forensic Investigations.

Current Teaching

Coordinator and lecturer for:
SCH1104 Introduction to Pathophysiology
SCH2235 Applied Microbiology
SCH3227 The Biology of Human Disease
SCH3434 Human Reproduction, Development and Ageing
SCH4105 Advances in Human Biology 1
SCH5105 Advances in Human Biology 2

Coordinator for:
SCH2143 Forensic Skills
SCH3216 Advanced Forensics Skills
SCH3217 Forensic Methodology
MMS2100 Introduction to Histology and Histotechniques
MMS2102 Medical Microbiology
MMS3107 Histopathology and Applied Histotechniques


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia.
  • Bachelor of Science Honours, The University of Western Australia.


Recent Research Grants

  • A joint Australian-China pilot survey on "Suboptimal Health",  The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education ,  Australia-China Science and Research Fund Group Missions,  2013 - 2014,  $43,600.
  • The influence of placental growth and development on fetal growth in in vitro fertilization and normal pregnancies,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012 - 2014,  $24,421.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Liu, Y., Chapple, V., Feenan, K., Roberts, P., Matson, P., (2016), Time-lapse deselection model for human day 3 in vitro fertilization embryos: the combination of qualitative and quantitative measures of embryo growth. Fertility and Sterility, 105(3), 656-662e1, Philadelphia, USA, DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.11.003.
  • McEvoy, A., Roberts, P., Yap, K., Matson, P., (2015), The Relationship between the Halosperm Assay and Semen Analysis Performed According to the 4th and the 5th Editions of the World Health Organization Guidelines. Andrology, 4(1), Article no. 1000127, Los Angeles, California, United States, DOI: 10.4172/2167-0250.1000127.
  • Stemp, M., Roberts, P., McClements, A., Sykes, P., Chapple, V., Matson, P., (2015), The serum concentration of seven molecular biomarkers (CA15-3, CA19-9, CA72-4, CYFRA21-1, NSE, PCT, S-100) in women during natural and stimulated ovarian cycles and early pregnancy. Journal of Life Medicine, 3(1), 1-5.
  • Liu, Y., Copeland, C., Chapple, V., Roberts, P., Feenan, K., Matson, P., (2015), The relationship between embryo quality assessed using routine embryology or time-lapse videography and serum progesterone concentration on the day of ovulatory trigger in in vitro fertilization cycles. Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction, 4(2), 140-146.
  • Peirce, K., Roberts, P., Ali, J., Matson, P., (2015), The preparation and culture of washed human sperm: a comparison of a suite of protein-free media with media containing human serum albumin. Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction, 4(3), 221-227.
  • Liu, Y., Chapple, V., Feenan, K., Roberts, P., Matson, P., (2015), Time-lapse videography of human embryos: using pronuclear fading rather than insemination in IVF and ICSI cycles removes inconsistencies in time to reach early cleavage milestones. Reproductive Biology, 15(2), 122-125, DOI: 10.1016/j.repbio.2015.03.002.
  • Liu, Y., Copeland, C., Stevens, A., Feenan, K., Chapple, V., Myssonski, K., Roberts, P., Matson, P., (2015), Assessment of human embryos by time-lapse videography: a comparison of quantitative and qualitative measures between two independent laboratories. Reproductive Biology, 15(4), 210-216, DOI: 10.1016/j.repbio.2015.09.001.
  • Xi, F., Wang, Z., Qi, Y., Brightwell, R., Roberts, P., Stewart, A., Sim, M., Wang, W., (2015), Long-term effect of respiratory training for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients at an outpatient clinic: a randomised controlled trial. Clinical and Translational Medicine, 4(2015), Article number 31, Heidelberg, Germany, DOI: 10.1186/s40169-015-0073-2.
  • Liu, Y., Chapple, V., Feenan, K., Roberts, P., Matson, P., (2015), Clinical significance of intercellular contact at the four-cell stage of human embryos, and the use of abnormal cleavage patterns to identify embryos with low implantation potential: a time lapse study. Fertility and Sterility, 103(6), 1485-1491, DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.03.017.
  • Liu, Y., Chapple, V., Roberts, P., Ali, J., Matson, P., (2014), Time-lapse videography of human oocytes following intracytoplasmic sperm injection: Events up to the first cleavage division. Reproductive Biology, 14(4), 249-256, DOI: 10.1016/j.repbio.2014.08.003.
  • McEvoy, A., Roberts, P., Yap, K., Matson, P., (2014), Development of a simplified method of human semen storage for the testing of sperm DNA fragmentation using the Halosperm G2 test kit. Fertility and Sterility, 102(4), 981-988, DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2014.07.737.
  • Liu, Y., Chapple, V., Roberts, P., Matson, P., (2014), Prevalence, consequence, and significance of reverse cleavage by human embryos, viewed with the use of the embryoscope time-lapse video system. Fertility and Sterility, 102(5), 1295-1300, New York, USA, DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2014.07.1235.
  • Stemp, M., Roberts, P., McClements, A., Chapple, V., Natalwala, J., Black, M., Matson, P., (2014), Serum concentrations of the biomarkers CA125, CA15-3, CA72-4, tPSA and PAPP-A in natural and stimulated ovarian cycles. Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction, 3(2), 90-96, Hong Kong, DOI: 10.1016/S2305-0500(14)60010-5.
  • Thomson, A., Roberts, P., Bittles, A., (2013), Navigating the maze: ethics approval pathways for intellectual disability research. Journal of Medical Ethics, 40(11), 782-786, DOI: 10.1136/medethics-2012-100899.
  • Gladstones, G., Burton, P., Mark, PJ., Waddell, BJ., Roberts, P., (2012), Immunolocalisation of 11?-HSD-1 and -2, glucocorticoid receptor, mineralocorticoid receptor and Na +K +-ATPase during the postnatal development of the rat epididymis. Journal of Anatomy, 220(4), 350-362, Oxford, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2012.01481.x.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Human Biology),  Is The Treatment And Transport Of Asystolic Cardiac Arrest Patients To Hospital By Ambulance Services Appropriate?
  • Master of Science (Human Biology),  Biomarkers Of Disease: Concerntrations In The Serum Of Women During Natural And Stimulated Ovarian Cycles And During Early Pregnancy
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Parental And Carer Responses To Angelman Syndrome And Prader-willi Syndrome
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Glucocorticoid Metabolism And Action In The Rat Epididymis.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Human Oocytes And Embryos Viewed By Time-lapse Videography, And The Development Of An Embryo Deselection Model
  • Master of Science (Human Biology),  The Clinical Utility Of The Halosperm Assay And The Development Of A Simplified Method Of Human Semen Storage For The Testing Of Sperm Dna Fragmentation.
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