800.223.2273 Ext. 49485
Andrology Lab appointments:
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Professor, Division of Clinical and Reproductive Sciences
Director, Graduate Programs in Reproductive Laboratory Science
126E Charles T. Wethington Bldg
900 South Limestone Drive
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
Tel: (859) 218-0854 (office)
(859) 312-4757 (cell)
Dr. Baker is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Reproductive Sciences at the University of Kentucky. She received her in Medical Technology training at the University of Virginia Department of Pathology and her M.S., with an emphasis in reproduction, from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. After completing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with research in embryology from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio she focused on education for reproductive laboratory personnel. Dr. Baker established the first curricular-based master's degree program in Reproductive Laboratory Science in the United States (2000) and the first Ph.D. in Reproductive Sciences with a clinical embryology option worldwide (2009) at the University of Kentucky, where she is professor and director of graduate studies in reproductive sciences.
Dr. Baker is certified as an embryologist by the American College of Embryology, a high complexity laboratory director by the American Board of Bioanalysis, and is licensed as a medical laboratory director by the state of Nevada.
Dr. Baker's research interests focus on clinical outcomes and policy issues in assisted reproductive technology (ART). She has conducted investigations in reproductive microbiology with a focus on sexually transmitted infections in the gamete/embryo donor population and policy issues in assisted reproductive technology (ART), including regulation of ART laboratories and education in reproductive laboratory science. She has received federal and university grants for research and industry support for her education programs.
Dr. Baker's professional activities and service include membership in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, where she served as a legislative monitor and the American College of Embryology where she serves as Chair of the Education Committee responsible for accreditation examinations and continued education.
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 350
Middlebury, VT 05753
Dr. Catherine Combelles is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department of Middlebury College, Vermont. She completed her post graduate degree in 1995 from the University of Hawaii and received her PhD degree from the Tufts University in 2002. She was a Research Staff at the Harvard Medical School from 2003-04 and a Senior Embryologist at the Brigham's and Women's Hospital from 2002-04. Dr. Combelles is a cell biologist by training and her broad interests lie in oocyte quality and the optimization of culture systems. Most of her work has been on in vitro oocyte maturation in mouse and human oocytes. She is now working on oxidative stress in the ovary and its potential influences on oocyte maturation and oocyte quality at large. She has published over 20 original articles and reviews and is a reviewer for a number of journals which includes Human Reproduction, Biology of Reproduction and Biomaterials.
Certificate of Recognition
ASRM Meeting, Washington DC, October 14, 2007
Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry
South Dakota State University
President and Director, SCSA Diagnostics Inc.
Multiplex Research & Technology Center
807 32nd Ave.
Brookings, SD 57006
Toll Free: 866-219-1338
Dr. Donald P. Evenson is a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry at South Dakota State University and President and Director of SCSA® Diagnostics, Inc. a private corporation that is solely dedicated to using the SCSA® test to determine the relationship between infertility and DNA fragmentation in sperm. Dr. Evenson invented and developed the SCSA® test and has over 20 years experience measuring thousands of animal and human sperm samples. Readers Digest highlighted the SCSA® test as one of the Medical Breakthroughs for 2004.
Dr. Evenson received his B.A. degree in Biology-Chemistry at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD and his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Colorado, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Boulder, CO.
In 1983, Dr. Evenson accepted a position as Professor of Biochemistry at South Dakota State University. During his tenure at SDSU, Dr. Evenson has supervised graduate students, published over a hundred articles in peer reviewed journals, participated in extensive collaborations with international laboratories, been invited to speak around the world at professional meetings and has received several NIH grants for his research work.
Center for Infertility and Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Bhushan K. (BK) Gangrade received PhD from Banaras Hindu University, India in 1984. In 1986, he joined the Department of Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center as a Rockefeller Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. He then moved to the Women's Research Institute in Wichita, Kansas to continue his research on the role of growth factors in ovarian function and was promoted to the position of Research Assistant professor in 1991. During his tenure at the Women's Research Institute Dr. Gangrade became interested in the field of assisted reproduction and received initial training in the field of human embryology and infertility at the American Center for Reproductive Medicine, Wichita, Kansas.
He accepted a position as the Laboratory Director at the Center for Infertility and Reproductive Medicine in Orlando, Florida in 1993. Dr. Gangrade is credited for the birth of first ICSI and first PGD baby in Central Florida. Dr. Gangrade is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). He serves on the Board of American College of Embryology (ACE) and as the Member Liaison representing Embryologist and Reproductive Laboratory personnel in the Florida Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (FSREI). He has authored or co-authored more than 25 publications in the field of mammalian reproduction.
Reproductive Biology Associates
1150 Lake Hearn Dr.; Suite 600
Atlanta, GA, 30342
Zsolt Peter Nagy, Ph.D., born in Hungary and regarding Belgium as a second home, joined Reproductive Biology Associates as Scientific and Laboratory Director in August 2002. He brings to RBA vast experience and expertise in performing and supervising assisted reproduction procedures and conducting embryo biopsy for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Dr. Nagy has performed and coordinated various research projects including haploidization of somatic cell nuclei, stem cell separation, and developing PEP-based PCR from a single cell.
Dr. Nagy graduated summa cum laude from the Semmelweis Medical University of Budapest in 1986. He was a member of the medical staff at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Nyiro Memorial Hospital Budapest between 1986 and 1989. He was awarded a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Free University of Brussells (VUB) in 1991. He went on to obtain a degree in Hospital medicine at VUB in 1993 and in 1998 was awarded a Ph.D. degree in biomedical science at VUB. He then took a specialty course in OB/GYN at the Medical University of Budapest and obtained a Specialist degree in 1997.
Prior to joining the team at RBA he was Scientific and Laboratory Director at Clinica de Reproducao Humana in Brazil from 1999 to 2002. Between 1994 and 2001, he set up five ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) laboratories at different points of the world. Between 1997 and 1999, Dr. Nagy was Scientific and Laboratory Director of Reproductive Medicine, European Hospital in Rome, Italy. He was employed as a medical scientist on the ICSI team in the Department of Reproductive Medicine AZ-VUB from 1989 to 1997.
Dr. Nagy is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), the Society for Study of Reproduction, and serves on various committees of professional societies. He has been an invited speaker at more than fifty medical and scientific meetings over the last 5 years. Dr. Nagy has organized and/or chaired more than thirty congresses, symposia, and workshops between 1991 and 2001. He is a reviewer for Human Reproduction and Reproductive Biomedicine Online and an ad hoc reviewer for Reproduction, Fertility and Development, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, and Fertility & Sterility. Dr. Nagy has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles published in medical or scientific journals.
Director of Robotic Surgery &apm; Urology
Department of Urology
Winter Haven Hospital &apm; University of Florida
Director of Robotic Surgery &apm; Urology
200 Avenue F.N.E.
Winter Haven. Fl 33881
Tel: (863) 292-4652
Dr. Sijo Parekattil is Co-Director of Robotic Surgery & Director of Male Infertility and Microsurgery in the Department of Urology at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He is an Assistant professor of Urology and an Adjunct professor of Bioengineering. He was an Electrical Engineer (University of Michigan) prior to his medical training and thus has interests in surgical techniques incorporating technology, robotics and microsurgery. He completed his urology residency training at Albany medical Center and then went onto complete dual fellowship training from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland in Laparoscopy/Robotic Surgery and Microsurgery/Male Infertility.
Dr. Parekattil's research focuses on the clinical application of robotics in microsurgery. He has performed some pioneering work in the arena of robotic microsurgery and has now performed over 240 such procedures. His research interests include work in the area of chronic orchialgia and the use of nerve imaging modalities during surgery, nerve re-growth inhibitory matrix sheaths to prevent neuroma formation, nerve function and genetic abnormalities in such patients, the use of robotic microsurgery for congenital obstructive syndromes in male infertility, and spermatogenic factors in patients with non-obstructive azoospermia.
Professor and Director
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36604
Botros Rizk, MD, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility of the Department of Ob-Gyn at the University of South Alabama. He graduated from Cairo University Medical School, Cairo, Egypt, in December 1981. He completed his residency in Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, from University of South Alabama in 1993-1996.
His main research interests include the modern management, prediction and the genetics of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), as well as the role of vascular endothelial growth factor and interleukins in the pathogenesis of severe OHSS. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed published papers, book chapters and has edited and authored ten medical textbooks on various topics in reproductive medicine.
Professor and Research Director of Urology
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-42 New Orleans
Prof. Sikka received his doctorate degree from the Department of Pharmacology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India, in 1978. After his initial research fellowship at AIIMS, New Delhi in Reproductive Biology, he joined Department of Biochemistry at University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles and obtained excellent training in protein-lipid interactions in cell membranes. In 1982, Dr. Sikka moved to University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), as Director of Urology Research Laboratory at Harbor-UCLA medical Center and actively pursued his research interests in reproductive biology, erectile dysfunction, and environmental reproductive-toxicology issues. Dr. Sikka joined Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in Dec.1988 as Assistant Professor of Urology. He obtained his board certification as High-complexity Clinical Lab Director (HCLD) in 1995 and directs CLIA approved Andrology clinical laboratories at Tulane. His current research interests focus on understanding the biology and prevention of many aging related Urological disorders including infertility, erectile dysfunction, prostate diseases. He has authored over 130 peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and review articles, and over 200 abstracts and many presentations at various National and International scientific and professional meetings. He has been Principal Investigator or Co-investigator of many federal and privately funded research grants. He has served on the editorial boards of many journals and participated as grant reviewer of various study panels. He was Tulane University Senate member from 2002-2005. He has set-up a unique standardized quality controlled semen-analysis training program at Tulane that caters to the need of many pharmaceutical companies for their multi-center clinical trials to evaluate reproductive toxicology of their products.
Associate Director for Research
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Director, Oocyte Donation and Gestational Surrogacy Program
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Yale University School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8063
Emre Seli, MD, is Associate Professor, and Associate Director for Research in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University School of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of the Yale Oocyte Donation and Gestational Surrogacy Program at Yale Fertility Center. Dr. Seli received his medical degree from the University of Istanbul Medical School and completed his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University. His postdoctoral training included a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as a research fellowship in molecular biology, both at Yale University.
Dr. Seli is the recipient of multiple awards for teaching, clinical excellence, and research, including: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Fellowship Award for Research in Endocrinology of the Postreproductive Woman, North American Menopause Society/Solvay Pharmaceuticals Corporation Fellowship Grant Award, John J. Meehan-Clifford R. Miller Award for academic excellence, Yale University "Resident of Excellence Award" for research, and the The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons' "Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Surgeon Award." His work on infertility has received two President's Presenter Awards from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, the National Institutes of Health K08 grant award, and most recently the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award. His current research program is focused on the investigation of the regulation of gene expression during oocyte and early embryo development and non-invasive embryo assessment in assisted reproduction.
Bioinformatics Consulting Services
Banu Gopalan completed her master's degree in Biochemistry from Madras University, India, in 1995 and has over 17 years of work experience in Integrative Bioinformatics, Information Systems Programming, Protein Modeling, Computational and Systems Biology. She has led, co–managed, and executed projects as a principal investigator and as a domain expert, and impacted her teams in a successful manner. The blend of advanced skills and expertise that she brings from her assimilated work background and education enables her to handle a variety of multi-disciplinary projects.
As the Manager of the Bioinformatics Core at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute between 2007 and 2011, she managed a team of bio-statisticians and software developers that provided data analysis services on a fee-per-service basis and served as a vital link between a team of physicians, genetic counselors, bench scientists, statisticians, and IT specialists in analyzing, integrating, and interpreting several -omics data including genomic, proteomic, and clinical genetics data for pattern discovery besides designing, curating, and implementing databases. She continues to offer these services as a Consultant to the Cleveland Clinic. She presently is the Director of Bioinformatics Consulting Services at Yorg Corporation, USA.
She has also worked in the areas of genome annotation & curation, profiling pathways and gene regulatory networks from microarray data, integration of genomic and proteomic data, bioremediation, molecular modeling & dynamic simulations of protein complexes, using integrated modeling and systems biology approach.
In her collaborative work with the Reproductive Research Center at CCF, she leads a team of scientists utilizing bioinformatics, computational biology, and integrative informatics-driven analytics to support the functional profiling and biomarker based target discovery of proteomics data. Besides her interests in the design and development of integrated systems for mining, integrating and elucidating patterns from heterogeneous datasets, her research interests in the area of proteome bioinformatics include, providing a comprehensive, integrative, and consensus-based bioinformatics analysis and biological interpretation of qualitative and quantitative proteomic data focusing on current and emerging paradigms for functional analysis, data mining, and knowledge discovery from high resolution quantitative mass spec data.
Senior Lecturer in Physiology
Faculty of Medicine
MARA University of Technology
47000 Sungai Buloh
Tel: +603 6126 7215
Damayanthi Durairajanayagam, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine, MARA University of Technology. Damayanthi was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship in 2012 to conduct advanced research in male infertility at the American Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM), Cleveland Clinic. She was a Research Fellow in Andrology at CRM from Sept 2012 to Sept 2013 where she worked, under the mentorship of Dr Ashok Agarwal, on a comparative proteomics research project investigating the differential protein expression in spermatozoa and seminal plasma of infertile men with varicocele. Damayanthi has published 8 articles in scientific journals. Her research interests include oxidative stress, antioxidants and the use of proteomics and bioinformatics in studying the molecular markers of oxidative stress in infertile males.
University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Deepinder is a board certified Endocrinologist who is enrolled in a clinical fellowship training program in Gastroenterology at UCLA. He is also pursuing a Masters in Clinical Research during his fellowship. Deepinder’s research interest is to conduct multidisciplinary clinical and translational research studies in order to investigate the role of gut hormones in obesity and diabetes leading to development of novel pharmaceutical and endoscopic device-based therapeutic strategies. He has received several accolades for his efforts from various organizations including the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). Recently, Deepinder was awarded a visiting ORISE fellowship at the FDA and now serves as a member of ACG’s FDA related matters committee.
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
Dheepa Balasubramanian received her doctorate degree in RNA Splicing from the Department of Biochemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana in 2005. As a postdoctoral fellow at Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, she pursued her research in Genomics to understand the role of DNA methylation in Colorectal Cancer. Dheepa’s research interests are primarily, in Cancer biology. Currently, she is a Research Associate at CASE, where she utilizes Genomics, particularly single-cell sequencing to understand the molecular landscape of Acute Myeloid Leukemia during diagnosis and relapse. She is also a scientific writer in the field of male infertility at Cleveland Clinic. Dheepa has submitted and authored 10 manuscripts and 2 book chapters, and also presented several abstracts at scientific conferences.
Hamad General Hospital
Hamad Medical Corporation
Hamad Medical City
Haitham Elbardisi, MBBS graduated from medical school, Cairo University, Egypt in 1996. He began his career in Urology at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) when he joined the residency program in 2002. He is an Arab Board Certified Urologist since 2008. Following that he showed interest in Andrology and especially in male infertility. He finished the Andrology Fellowship program at HMC in 2012. He is a fellow of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Sexual Medicine in 2012.
Since 2009, Dr Haitham has specialized in male infertility at Hamad General Hospital (HGH). HGH is the main governmental hospital in Qatar where the only specialized male infertility section and the main IVF Center in Doha are located. With his male infertility team, Dr Haitham has succeeded in mastering all male infertility domains, including advanced diagnostic techniques, medical and surgical treatment. Dr Haitham is an expert in microsurgical male infertility procedures including varicocelectomy, reconstructive surgery and testicular biopsy.
Dr Haitham is involved in the academic program in Urology where he holds the position of Associate Program Director of Urology residency program. He is also participating in a lot of researches in male infertility, especially genetics of male infertility.
Independent Statistical Consultant
Jeff Hammel is an independent statistical consultant based in Cleveland, Ohio. He has collaborated with researchers from various disciplines at the Cleveland Clinic and other institutions since 1996, when he joined the Clinic’s Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. His research and professional interests have largely included asthma, colorectal surgery, reproduction, and pharmaceutical development, though his spectrum of interests and publications covers a wide variety of clinical areas. His collaborations have resulted in co-authorship on approximately 150 clinical publications.
Assistant Professor of Andrology
Hamad Medical Corporation
Dr. Mohamed Arafa graduated from Cairo University Medical School, Egypt in 1996. In 1998, he started his residency in the Andrology Department in Cairo University Hospital. He finished his residency in 2001 with a Masters Degree in Andrology followed by Doctorate degree in Andrology and STDs in 2004 with his thesis on fertility potential in Spinal Cord Injured Men. Since then he is a senior staff in the Andrology Department, Cairo, Egypt. Dr Arafa has published more than 25 scientific articles addressing different topics of male infertility and sexuality. He was the Editor in Chief of MESSM Newsletter and is a reviewer for a number of international scientific journals. In 2011, he joined the Urology Department, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Qatar as a Consultant in the Male Fertility Unit where he has more than 10 undergoing researches in male infertility including genetics and proteomics in collaboration with a number of world renounced institutes like the Center of Reproductive Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
Centre of Excellence in Genomic Medicine Research
King Abdulaziz University
P.O. Box: 80216, Jeddah 21589
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Abu-Elmagd is currently an Associate Professor at the Centre of Excellence in Genomic Medicine Research (CEGMR), King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr Abu-Elmagd had his undergraduate and master degrees from Minia University, Egypt and Doctorate degree from the Institute of Genetics, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. The focus of his research is on gene expression and regulation during early embryonic development with a goal to elucidate the gene regulatory networks that govern early embryonic development. At CEGMR, Dr Abu-Elmagd focuses on analysing genes in both embryonic and cancerous states aiming to find clues of cancer from embryonic development. In addition to this line of research, Dr Abu-Elmagd has a special interest in the field of male infertility research to analyse sperm DNA damage using a number of advanced platforms including flow cytometry, microarray, next generation sequencing and mass spectrometry. For this, Dr Abu-Elmagd has established collaboration with one of the infertility pioneers, Professor Ashok Agarwal, American Center for Reproductive Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA. Dr Abu-Elmagd’s research is currently well-funded by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). In addition to his research, Dr Abu-Elmagd is heavily involved in teaching of under- and postgraduate students at KAU. Recently Dr Abu-Elmagd worked as the Editor-in-Chief for a peer-reviewed supplement of BMC Genomics. It contains about 100 abstracts and 25 articles to mark the 2nd International Genomic Medicine Conference (2nd IGMC) held in 2013 at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. More recently, Dr Abu-Elmagd took the initiative to establish a Journal in Genomic Medicine in partnership with the Nature publishing group (NPG). The initiative was successful and the journal is expected to be announced in 2015.
Center of Excellence in Genomic Medicine Research
KACST Technology Innovation Center in Personalized Medicine at KAU
King Fah Medical Research Center
King Abdulaziz University
P.O. Box: 80216, Jeddah 21859
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mourad Assidi graduated with special honors from the National Institute of Agronomy, Carthage University, Tunisia in 2002. He then moved to Canada where he got his Master degree in 2005 in Animal Science followed by a PhD in Genomics & Reproductive Molecular Biology at the Centre de Recherche en Biologie de la Reproduction under the supervision of M-A Sirard in 2010 at Laval University, Quebec City, QC, Canada. During his PhD, he was also partly involved in oncogenomics of gynecological cancers. Immediately after, he joined McGill University Health Center as a postdoctoral fellow at the Ob/Gyn department, Medicine Faculty, McGill University, Canada. In addition to his publication record in international journals in the field, his reviewing contribution in several renowned journals, his teaching experience and lectures presented in national & international meetings, Dr Assidi's major achievement was the discovery/patent of non-invasive biomarkers to select high quality oocytes that will give hope for infertile couples to achieve their dream of having children. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Center of Excellence in Genomic Medicine and the Center of Innovation in Personalized Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, KSA. His running research activities focused on: both male and female molecular infertility; Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis/Screening (PGD/S); Individualized Oncogenomics; promotion of modern biospecimens banking in the MENA region; and Forensic Sciences.
Department of Health Services
St. Joseph’s University
5600 West City Avenue,
Tel: (610) 660-2955
Reecha Sharma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, US. She started her career as a family physician in India. She expanded her area of expertise into healthcare administration and also conducted research at the Cleveland Clinic. She enjoys teaching people about their health and using her time and knowledge to benefit others. As a researcher at the American Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Sharma was a part of development of the NextGen kit. She is currently collaborating with research studies on effects of oxidative stress on male fertility in an attempt to improve pregnancy outcomes through assisted reproductive techniques. Dr. Sharma is also actively working with the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at SJU.