Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Emeritus Professor Bill Breed, who retired in February 2015, is a reproductive biologist whose main research interest is in the fertilisation of Australian rodents and marsupials, together with the morphology and evolution of sperm, eggs and egg coats. He has published around 185 papers in morphological, zoological, and reproductive biological journals, including 2 in Nature. In 2007, he and Fred Ford produced a book entitled "Native Mice & Rats", published by the CSIRO in their Australian Natural History series. He has published 20 review articles including one, with Prof. Brian Setchell, on mammalian male reproductive anatomy in the 3rd edition of "Knobil and Neill's Physiology of Reproduction".
Bill was an Editorial Board Member of the journal Reproduction for 6 years, and he wrote, with Ken Aplin, the introductory sections on rodents in the 3rd edition of Mammals of Australia edited by S Van Dyck and R Strahan. He is a past president of the Australian Mammal Society, and a fellow of the Royal Society of South Australia.
Bill has supervised 15 completed PhD, 1 MSc, and 54 Honours student projects. His research projects include studies on co-evolution of sperm and eggs of Australian mammals, and the effects of the arid environment on evolution of reproductive strategies in native rodents. Some of his other studies have included investigations on sperm nuclear chromatin organisation, mammalian testis structural organisation, and the evolution of egg coat glycoproteins. He has two popular articles published on his work - “A Reproductive Riddle” in Australasian Science, April 2012 pp 32-35, and “Australia’s other mammals – the mice and rats” in Wildlife Australia, Winter edition 2014, pp 10-14.
1975-1977 ARC Grant. Determination of environmental factors that regulate breeding in the hopping mouse (Notomys alexis) - $6,153.
1987-1988 ARC Grant. Investigation of the functional significance of ventral hooks on the sperm head of Australian hydromyine rodents (No A18616252) - $20,792-sole chief investigator.
1987-1989 ARC Grant. Determination of factors that influence testis size and sperm numbers in mammals with special reference to Australian rodents (No A18616294) - $31,192-sole chief investigator.
1988-1989 ARC Grant. Genetic linkage in the marsupial Sminthopsis crassicaudata and its evolutionary implications (No A19315806) (with JH Bennett, DL Hayman, RM Hope) - $94,179.
1990-1992 Large ARC Grant: Molecular biological, genetical and reproductive studies with a laboratory colony of the dasyurid marsupial Sminthopsis crassicaudata (No AD8932195) (with JH Bennett, DL Hayman, RM Hope) - $208,551.
1992-1994 Large ARC Grant: Gamete and embryo preservation and transfer in the dasyurid marsupial Sminthopsis crassicaudata (No A09132094) -sole chief investigator-$105,300.
1994 Small ARC Grant: Sperm and egg interaction and fertilization in a marsupial Sminthopsis crassicaudata. - $10,000.
1995-1997 Large ARC Grant: Sperm and egg interaction and fertilisation in marsupials with special reference to Sminthopsis (A O 9531923) -sole chief investigator-$153,175.
1996 Small ARC Grant: Australasian and Asian murid rodents: the historical and evolutionary inter-relationships. (with S Donnellan & K Aplin) - $9,000.
1996 Small ARC Grant: Inter-relationships between mother and foetus of marsupials with special reference to Sminthopsis crassicaudata. (with C Roberts) - $9,000.
1998-2000 Large ARC Grant: Studies of extratesticular sperm maturation and sperm-egg interactions in marsupials -sole chief investigator- $156,000.
1998-1999 Small ARC Grant: An Investigation into the zona pellucida genes and their products in marsupials (with RM Hope) - $20,000.
1998-1999 Small ARC Grant: Factors determining testis size and sperm production rates in two species of native Australian rodents (with EJ Peirce & S Maddocks) - $20,000
2000-2001 Small ARC Grant: A Study of the Structural Organisation of the Extracellular Coat that surrounds the Egg of Marsupials. (with RM Hope & O Wiebkin) - $20,000.
2002-2004 Large ARC SPIRT Grant (with DA Taggart) - $150,000.
2002 Small ARC Grant (with RM Hope & O Wiebkin) – $9,086.
2003 Large ARC Discovery Grant (with L Selwood) - $60,000.
TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE. Lectured in following courses -
Bachelor of Science Degree
- 1973-1980 General Cytology III
- 1981-1987 Human and Comparative Morphology III
- 1973-2014 Comparative Reproductive Biology of Mammals III (formerly Reproductive Biology III)
- 1973-2014 Cells and Tissues II (formerly Histology II)
- 1988-1996 Comparative Morphology II
- 1997-2014 Functional and Comparative Anatomy II
- 1973-1996 Anatomy II MB and Human Structure and Function II
- 1973-1978 Introductory Anatomy
- 1997-2000 Tutored in Human structure and function II (reproduction and sexuality)
- 2002-2005 Presentation of Resource Cases
- 2010-2014 Embryology
Bachelor of Health Science Degree
- 1990-1997 Human Biology I
- 1995-1996 Human Biology II
- 1997-2001 Histology and Embryology II
- 2000-2014 Cells, Tissues, and Development II
Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Degree
- 1973-1999 Anatomy I
Graduate Certificate of Science Education
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