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Associate Professor Peter Roberts

Director of Medical Science

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5455, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.503
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5455
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.503  


Peter is an Associate Professor and Director of Medical Sciences within the School of Medical and Health Sciences. He is also Director of the Systems and Intervention Research Centre for Health (SIRCH), a Coordinator, Higher Degrees by Research (MSc, PhD) and Coordinator of the Master of Science (Assisted Reproductive Technology).

Current Teaching

Coordinator and lecturer for:

  • ART6001 Female Reproduction, Fertility and Pathophysiology
  • ART6005 Controversies and Challenges in Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • SCH1104 Introduction to Pathophysiology
  • SCH2235 Applied Microbiology
  • SCH3227 The Biology of Human Disease
  • SCH3434 Human Reproduction, Development and Ageing
  • MMS5107 Advances in Medical Science 1
  • MMS5110 Advances in Medical Science 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

  • Glycan Profiling as a Risk Stratification Biomarker for Metabolic Syndrome,  Bioyong Technologies Inc,  Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2016 - 2020,  $31,000.
  • 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

  • Peirce, K., Roberts, P., Ali, J., Coombes, J., Matson, P., (2018), A survey of scientists’ awareness of and attitudes to the use of human blood products and alternatives in human assisted reproductive technology. Human Fertility: an international, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to furthering research and promoting good practice, 20(6 June 2017), 9p., United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis Ltd, DOI: 10.1080/14647273.2017.1334131.
  • Liu, Y., Feenan, K., Chapple, V., Roberts, P., Matson, P., (2018), Intracytoplasmic sperm injection using hyaluronicacid or polyvinylpyrrolidone: a time-lapse siblingoocyte study. Human Fertility: an international, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to furthering research and promoting good practice, 20(epub ahead of print), epub ahead of print, DOI: 10.1080/14647273.2017.1366077.
  • Adua, E., Russell, A., Roberts, P., Wang, Y., Song, M., Wang, W., (2017), Innovation Analysis on Postgenomic Biomarkers: Glycomics for Chronic Diseases. OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology, 21(4), 183-196, New York, USA, Mary Ann Liebert Publishers, DOI: 10.1089/omi.2017.0035.
  • Adua, E., Roberts, P., Sakyi, S., Yeboah, F., Dompreh, A., Frimpong, K., Anto, E., Wang, W., (2017), Profiling of cardio-metabolic risk factors and medication utilisation among Type II diabetes patients in Ghana: a prospective cohort study. Clinical and Translational Medicine, 6(1), Article 32, Germany, SpringerOpen, DOI: 10.1186/s40169-017-0162-5.
  • Thomson, A., Glasson, E., Roberts, P., Bittles, A., (2017), ‘‘Over time it just becomes easier. . .’’: parents of people with Angelman syndrome and Prader–Willi syndrome speak about their carer role. Disability and Rehabilitation, 39(8), 763-770, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2016.1161838.
  • Adua, E., Roberts, P., Wang, W., (2017), Incorporation of suboptimal health status as a potential risk assessment for type II diabetes mellitus: a case-control study in a Ghanaian population. The EPMA Journal, 8(4), 345-355, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s13167-017-0119-1.
  • Hamilton, K., Hadlow, N., Roberts, P., Sykes, P., McClements, A., Coombes, J., Matson, P., (2017), Longitudinal changes in thyroid hormones during conception cycles and early pregnancy. Clinical and Medical Biochemistry, 3(1), article no. 1000125, Hyderabad, India, OMICS Publishing Group, DOI: 10.4172/2471-2663.1000125.
  • Wang, Y., Adua, E., Russell, A., Roberts, P., Ge, S., Zeng, Q., Wang, W., (2016), Glycomics and its application potential in precision medicine. Science, 2(2), 36-37, Washington, DC, DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6319.1601-b..
  • Stemp, M., Roberts, P., McClements, A., Chapple, V., Matson, P., (2016), Serum concentrations of the biomarkers CA125, CA15-3, PSA and PAPP-A in early pregnancy. Journal of Reproductive Biotechnology and Fertility, 5(1), 1-6, Sage Publishing, DOI: 10.1177/2058915816672102.
  • Hamilton, K., Hadlow, N., Roberts, P., Sykes, P., McClements, A., Coombes, J., Matson, P., (2016), Longitudinal changes in maternal serum concentrations of antimüllerian hormone in individual women during conception cycles and early pregnancy. Fertility and Sterility, 106(6), 1407-1413, Elseiver, DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.07.1113.
  • 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, Elsevier Inc., 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, Omics Publishing Group, DOI: 10.4172/2167-0250.1000127.
  • 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, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.03.017.
  • 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.
  • 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, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.repbio.2015.03.002.
  • 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.
  • 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, American V - King Scientific Publishing.
  • 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, Springer, DOI: 10.1186/s40169-015-0073-2.
  • 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., 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, Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp., 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, Elsevier Inc., 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, Elsevier Inc., 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, Hongkong Gangmao Group Company, 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.

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,  Human Oocytes And Embryos Viewed By Time-lapse Videography, And The Development Of An Embryo Deselection Model
  • Master of Science (Human Biology),  The Serum Concentrations Of Anti-mullerian Hormone (amh), Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (tsh), Free Triiodothyronine (ft3) And Free Thyroxine (ft4) During Early Pregnancy
  • 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.
  • 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.
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