Associate Professor Simon de Graaf FRSN FSRB is recognised as a world expert in sheep reproduction, seminal plasma, sperm sexing and artificial insemination.
After completion of his PhD in 2006, Dr de Graaf worked at the Royal Veterinary College London before returning to Australia to take up an academic position at The University of Sydney and establish his research group ARGUS.
His research programs have been awarded over $4 million in funding, produced over 70 refereed articles in international journals as well as two highly regarded book chapters on the controlled breeding of sheep. He is a popular invited speaker at scientific conferences, agricultural industry events and field days, schools and universities throughout Australia and overseas. His work has featured globally in print, radio and TV media including CNN, The Guardian, Landline and Forbes.
Associate Professor de Graaf teaches reproductive biology, reproductive physiology, applied reproduction and surgical theriogenology to agriculture, animal science and veterinary medicine students at junior and senior levels. He also has a passion for undergraduate and postgraduate research training having supervised 8 PhD, 2 Masters and 29 honours students to completion.
He is a regular consultant to the Australian artificial breeding industry, including the provision of instructional courses for controlled breeding, standardisation of semen assessment, processing and freezing for semen processing centres.
Dr Simon de Graaf is currently Associate Professor of Animal Reproduction at The University of Sydney, Secretary General of the International Congress on Animal Reproduction, Executive Director of the Association of Applied Animal Andrology and an Editorial Board member of the international journal Animal Reproduction Science. In 2020 he was elected Fellow of The Royal Society of NSW (FSRN) in recognition of his contribution to the field of animal reproduction and the development of reproductive technologies for animal agriculture.