Our scientists take their role in your fertility journey very seriously. They handle your eggs, sperm and embryos with the utmost care. Although they often work behind the scenes, you can rest assured that during each stage of your fertility journey our world-class science team are behind you.
The role of scientists in your fertility journey
During your fertility journey, our scientists are responsible for completing the following processes:
- In-vitro fertilisation (IVF)
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Cryopreservation of eggs, sperm and embryos
- Embryo screening
- Thawing of eggs, sperm and embryos
- Genetic testing of embryos
Our scientists also assist with egg collections, embryo transfers and other procedures.
Leading the future reproductive science
Monash IVF were responsible for the world’s first IVF pregnancy in 1973. Since then we’ve remained at the cutting edge of scientific research to provide our patients with the most advanced fertility treatment available.
Our science team has a wealth of local and international scientific experience. Many of our scientists conduct research into different facets of reproductive science. Monash IVF is globally renowned for our exceptional scientists and the success rates we achieve.
Meet our Scientific Directors
Our Scientific Directors lead our science team across Australia. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, they ensure we achieve scientific excellence for our patients.
Our Scientific Directors make up our Group Scientific Advisory Committee. This committee is focused on maintaining leading success rates for our patients. They're dedicated to continuous improvement and establishing and maintaining optimal scientific and laboratory processes. Above all, our Scientific Directors are committed to providing the best possible care for our patients.
You can learn more about our Scientific Directors below.
Associate Professor Deirdre Zander-Fox
Chief Scientific Officer, Monash IVF Group
Associate Professor, Monash University, University of South Australia, and University of Adelaide
B.SC. (HONS.), PH.D.(MED), DIP.MGT
Associate Professor Deirdre Zander-Fox has worked in Assisted Reproduction since 2004. She completed a Bachelor of Science followed by an Honours degree (First Class) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Adelaide. In 2010, she graduated with a PhD in Reproductive Medicine in which she undertook novel research into the impact of in-vitro stress on preimplantation embryo development, viability, and metabolism.
She is currently the Monash IVF Group Chief Scientific Officer as well as being Regional Scientific Director overseeing Monash IVF Victoria, Monash IVF Albury and Malaysia. She is currently responsible for the scientific directorship and operations and provision of clinical Embryology, Andrology, Endocrinology, and Genetic Testing services within these clinics. She is also chair of the Group Scientific Advisory Committee for the Monash IVF Group.
In addition to her clinical roles, A/Prof Zander-Fox also holds multiple academic positions including adjunct Associate Professor positions at two major Australian Universities (Monash University and University of Adelaide) as well as holding National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research funding. Through these university affiliations she is involved in multiple collaborative research projects as well as supervision of PhD and honors students.
A/Prof Zander-Fox has authored a substantial number of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters with her research primarily focusing on improving laboratory technology that will directly benefit infertile patients including cryopreservation, microinjection technology and culture media design. Her basic research interests focus on the impact of the environment during peri and pre-implantation development on programming fetal growth and offspring health.
Associate Professor Hassan Bakos
Scientific Director, Monash IVF Group – New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Newcastle
B.HLTH.SC. (HONS.), PH.D.(MED), GRAD.CERT.MGT, CPMgr
Associate Professor Hassan Bakos has worked in the area of Assisted Reproduction since 2006. He completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences followed by an Honours degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Adelaide. In 2010, he graduated with a PhD in Reproductive Medicine for which he was awarded a special commendation from the Dean of Graduate studies as well the Robert Seamark Award for the most outstanding graduating postgraduate candidate in his department.
In 2011, A/Prof Bakos was appointed to the role of Deputy Scientific Director at , South Australia. His role at Repromed involved the management and supervision of Andrology and Pathology services as well as performing clinical Embryology procedures.
In 2015, he was appointed to the role of Scientific Director for the Monash IVF Group in NSW. He is currently responsible for the scientific directorship and operations of seven laboratories across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory including the provision of clinical Embryology, Andrology and Endocrinology services. He has extensive experience in designing and commissioning new ART laboratories.
A/Prof. Bakos has won a number of scientific awards both nationally and internationally, including the Society for Reproductive Biology Oozoa award, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Travelling Scholar award; and the 2019 Fertility Society of Australia Geoff Driscoll medal. He has published many papers in reputable scientific journals including Human Reproduction Update, Fertility & Sterility, Human Reproduction and the International Journal of Andrology. He is regularly invited to speak on Andrology and male reproductive health related topics.
A/Prof Bakos has previously held academic positions at the University of Adelaide and the University of Sydney. He was recently appointed as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle, where he is involved in collaborative research projects and teaching. His qualifications extend to a Graduate Certificate in Management and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration at the Australian Institute of Management. He is also a past Honorary Treasurer of Scientists in Reproductive Technology of the Fertility Society of Australia.