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Dr Ian Brewis

Dr Ian Brewis

Senior Lecturer

School of Medicine

+44 (0)29 2068 8648
UG11, Henry Wellcome Building for Biomedical Research, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


I am a Senior Lecturer and my main responsibilities are in my roles as Central Biotechnology Services (CBS) Operational Director and as a Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Programme Director.

I have been CBS Operational Director since Dec 2011. CBS ( is an ISO 9001:2015 certified and Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) accredited Cardiff University Technology Facility. Based in the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences it has a remit across the entire College and is part of the Clinical Innovation Partnership between Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Cardiff University. CBS provides genomics and bioinformatics, proteins and diagnostics and cell analysis/imaging platforms, services, training and expertise to local researchers and external organisations. CBS also offers opportunities for hosting companies and can provide laboratory facilities, technological support, academic consultancy and access to a wide range of other university resources. Options for contract research and managed services are backed up by a proven track record of working with not-for-profit organisations, start-ups, SMEs and corporates. Please contact us at and you can follow us on Twitter @CentralBioServ.

I am a Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Programme Director (0.2FTE) and I have a varied teaching portfolio (0.1FTE) at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels which includes being the Lead for the MSc Bioinformatics Protein Biology and Omics module. I am also the School of Medicine C21 Divisional Teaching Lead for Clinical Innovation and the Postgraduate Research (PGR) Representative for Clinical Innovation.  

Previously I was the MSc Medical Research and Innovation Programme Director (0.2FTE; 2016-2017). Before that I was the MSc Bioinformatics Programme Director (0.3FTE; 2011-2016) and my close involvement with the Programme goes back to its establishment in 2004. I was also the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Committee Teaching and Training Lead (2011-2016). 

I have experience as an External Examiner for five Masters Programmes at three Russell Group institutions: the University of Liverpool MRes and MSc in Advanced BIological Sciences (2016-2020); Queen Mary University of London MSc Bioinformatics Programme (2015-2019) and the University of York MSc Bioscience Technology (2012-2016) and MSc Post Genomic Biology (2014-2016) Programmes. From a research perspective I have served as an External Examiner for 13 PhD theses and 2 MRes theses. Formerly, and in my own time, I was also an Associate Lecturer at the Open University (2010-2017).

I was recruited to Cardiff in 2003 as part of the newly formed and Welsh Government funded Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Unit (BBU). A significant part of my recruitment tasked me to achieve funding, establish and lead a new Proteomics Facility. This was successful and, as CBS Proteomics Facility Academic Lead, I was responsible for a wide portfolio of projects in extended collaborations with many Cardiff researchers and external clients. One major external contract was with Ovasort Ltd, who were primarily interested in sperm-based sex-selection in livestock, and I was the Scientific Director from 2005-2009. 

The CBS Proteomics Facility was discontinued in 2014 and proteomics work is now outsourced to the University of Bristol as part of the GW4 Alliance. Please continue to contact me for proteomics advice and to facilitate collaborations and/or the provision of proteomics services.

My research has mainly involved the proteomic and functional characterisation of mammalian sperm cells at fertilization and this was conducted in close collaboration with Dr Bart Gadella at Utrecht University, The Netherlands for many years. My preferred career direction has resulted in my own research being a minor activity in Cardiff and I am no longer independently research active. My main association with the field now is as an Associate Editor for the journal Reproduction (2013-2021) and formerly I was also an Associate Editor for Molecular Human Reproduction (2012-2015). 

Before Cardiff I was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham NHS Assisted Conception Unit (2000-2003) and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sheffield (1993-2000). My research primarily focused on studying molecular aspects of sperm function but these varied roles also included a wide range of other research projects in reproduction and several years working on commercial projects (and in particular a male fertility test and a study using human stem cell technologies).

My PhD (1994) on the biochemistry of mammalian glycolipid anchors was conducted as a Research Assistant at the University of Leeds and also involved spending extended time with collaborators at the University of Dundee. Prior to this I was a Research Assistant at the University of York (1989-1990) where I investigated the biochemistry of the Fallopian tube in collaboration with colleagues at Hammersmith Hospital. Lastly I also studied for my first degree at the University of York and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biology (Cell Biology and Biochemistry) in 1989. 



1994    The University of Leeds, PhD in Biochemistry

1989    The University of York, BSc (Hons) Biology (Cell Biology and Biochemistry)



Since 2017    Postgraduate Taught Programme Director 

Since 2016    Based at College level in the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences as part of the Clinical Innovation Hub

Since 2015    School of Medicine Divisional Teaching Lead for Clinical Innovation (and previously the TIME Institute)

Since 2011    School of Medicine Postgraduate Research (PGR) Representative for Clinical Innovation (and previously the TIME Institute)

Since 2011    Central Biotechnology Services (CBS) Operational Director

Since 2008    Senior Lecturer


2016-2017    MSc Medical Research and Innovation Programme Director

2013-2016    Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Committee Teaching and Training Lead

2010-2016    MSc Bioinformatics Programme Director

2011-2015    TIME (Translation, Innovation, Methodologies and Engagement) Institute

2004-2015    Cardiff University School of Medicine

2006-2014    CBS Proteomics Facility Academic Lead

2006-2011    Department of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology and Central Biotechnology Services (CBS)

2003-2008    Lecturer at Cardiff University School of Medicine (formerly University of Wales College of Medicine)

2003-2006    Joint Head of Bioinformatics in the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Unit (BBU)

2003-2006    Department of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology and Department of Psychological Medicine

2003-2005    Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham

2003-2004    University of Wales College of Medicine


2000-2003    Senior Research Fellow (RA2 Lecturer B equivalent) at the University of Birmingham (Reproductive Biology and Genetics Group, School of Medicine and The Assisted Conception Unit, Birmingham Women’s Hospital)

1993-2000    Postdoctoral Research Associate (RA1A) at the University of Sheffield (Molecular Reproduction and Development Group, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jessop Hospital for Women)

1990-1993    Research Assistant (RA1B) at the University of Leeds (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

1989-1990    Research Assistant (RA1B) at the University of York (Department of Biology)