Meet the staff

The MSc in Reproductive and Developmental Medicine brings together expertise from within the Medical School, the NHS Sheffield Teaching Hospital and other Universities. There are over 50 staff members who contribute towards teaching on the programme. The following are module leaders and members of the Academic Unit of Reproductive & Developmental Medicine:


Dr Mark Fenwick (Programme Lead), BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCertHE, SFHEA

Mark is lecturer with a research interest in ovarian biology. He is especially interested in the early, gonadotrophin-independent stages of follicle development and how various signalling pathways are involved in this process. Mark is the overall Programme Lead and also leads the Gonads to gametes: fundamentals of reproduction module and co-leads the Research project module.


Dr Neil Chapman, BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCertHE, SFHEA

Neil is a senior university teacher in reproductive medicine. Neil has a background in molecular biology and a research interest in mechanisms of parturition and labour. His group aims to employ the very latest molecular technologies to decipher the biology of events which govern human pregnancy and labour. In turn, this will provide a foundation to develop tocolytics which are more effective clinically and safer for both mother and her child. Neil leads the Research skills in reproductive medicine module.


Professor Alireza Fazeli, PhD

Alireza is a Professor of reproductive and developmental medicine. He is interested in the cross-talk between gametes and embryos, and the maternal tract. Since the innate immune system plays a major role in this communication his research group is keen to understand how the innate immunity is involved in this maternal communication. Alireza is the module lead for Fertilisation, implantation and embryology.


Professor Dilly Anumba, MBBS, FWACS, MD, FRCOG, LLM Medical Law

Dilly is a clinical academic interested in the physiology of human parturition, particularly the role of immunity and inflammation in term/preterm labour and pregnancy hypertension. He is also investigating new techniques to predict preterm birth by the detection of cervical remodelling changes. Dilly runs specialist clinics in Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Therapy, Prematurity Prevention, and High Risk Pregnancy. Dilly leads the module on Fetal development, pregnancy and parturition.


Mr Mostafa Metwally, Medical Doctorate in Reproductive Medicine, FRCOG, MBBCh

Mostafa is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Jessop Fertility, part of the NHS Sheffield Teaching Hospital. Mostafa brings a wealth of knowledge from his clinical practice in fertility treatment (including assisted conception treatment - IVF and ICSI) and reproductive surgery. Mostafa leads the Reproductive Medicine and Assisted Conception module.


Professor Allan Pacey, BSc, PhD, FRCOG

Allan is Head of Andrology and the Academic Unit of Reproductive & Developmental Medicine. His research interests are focussed mainly on male infertility. Allan regularly provides media commentary about scientific developments in Human Fertility and Assisted Conception both in print media as well as many radio and television news programmes. He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 Queen's New Year Honours.


Dr Elspeth Whitby, BSc (Hons), MB ChB (Hons), FFDRCSI, PhD

Elspeth is clinical senior lecturer. Through her research she has been involved in assessing the value of fetal MR in clinical practice and also developing additional sequences to image specific pathologies. She works closely with clinical colleagues in neonatology, pathology and obstetrics. Her studies have lead to other avenues of research including imaging of the neonate with MR and imaging of the post-mortem fetus and neonate with MR in both the research and clinical settings. Elspeth co-leads the Research project module.