Professor Ivell has a research career of some 45 years, of which the last 30 years have been focussed on the molecular biology of reproductive processes. Besides being an active scientist, Richard has led and engaged with various scientific institutions as Director (Institute of Hormone and Fertility Research, Hamburg, Germany), Inaugural Head of School (School of Molecular and Biomedical Science, University of Adelaide), Head of Reproductive Endocrinology (Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology, Germany), founding member of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, Adelaide, and member of the Research Centre for Reproductive Health (now Robinson Institute), Adelaide. Currently he is Special Professor jointly in the School of Biosciences and the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham, UK, and continues to maintain his links with Australia as Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Adelaide and through other activities.
He has published over 280 scientific articles, mostly in high impact factor journals, and has a current h-factor of 52, with over 8000 total citations. His current research is focused on the molecular mechanisms of differentiation which regulate the physiology of reproductive processes, with emphasis on ovarian and uterine functions in the female and testicular physiology in the male. His work on understanding the molecular basis of the aging process and the impact of the environment especially on the early life is currently gaining impetus.