Stefan Du Plessis

Professor Stefan du Plessis is the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, and a Professor of Physiology at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) in Dubai. He completed his tertiary education, including an MSc and PhD in Reproductive Physiology as well as an MBA, at Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa. He subsequently joined SU as Faculty where he rose through the ranks to full Professor and served 3 terms as Head of the Division of Medical Physiology was also elected as member of the University Council. His research interests are in the field of male reproductive physiology, resulting in more than 112 peer-reviewed articles and more than 6600 citations with an h-index of 40 (Scopus). He also has to his credit 28 book chapters and 4 books and has supervised numerous Doctoral and Master’s students. He serves on the editorial board of two international journals and acts as an ad hoc reviewer for various funding bodies and scientific journals. Prof du Plessis is a South African National Research Foundation B-rated researcher and the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. During his career he has received several other teaching and research awards, including the Edmund Sabanegh Award for Excellence in Male Infertility Research from the Cleveland Clinic Ohio and the Excellence in Physiology Research Award from the Physiological Society of Southern Africa.

Most research interests for a scientist

  • Male fertility 
  • ُThe impact of non-communicable diseases and environmental factors


  • Male reproductive physiology