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Sijo J. Parekattil, M.D.


Director of Robotic Surgery &apm; Urology
Assistant Professor
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. 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.

Certificate of Dr. Parekattil’s talk at the 2011 Summer Internship Course

Botros Peter Rizk, M.D., FRCOG


Professor and Director
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36604
Tel: 251-680-2441
Fax: 251-415-1552

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.

Suresh C. Sikka, Ph.D., HCLD


Professor and Research Director of Urology
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-42 New Orleans
Louisiana 70112-2699
Tel:  504-988-5179
Fax: 504-988-5059

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. In 1982, Dr. Sikka moved to University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), as Director of Urology Research Laboratory at Harbor-UCLA medical Center. 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.

Damayanthi Durairajanayagam, Ph.D.


Senior Lecturer in Physiology
Faculty of Medicine
MARA University of Technology
47000 Sungai Buloh
Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: +603 6126 7215

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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.

Banu Gopalan, M.S.


Bioinformatics Consulting Services
Yorg Corporation
Tel: 216-650-4798

Banu Gopalan completed her master's degree in Biochemistry from Madras University, India, in 1995. From 2007-2011 she was the manager of bioinformatics core at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute. Currently, she is the director of bioinformatics consulting services at Yorg Corporation. Her collaboration with the CCF ACRM Team has assisted with utilizing bioinformatics, computational biology, and integrative informatics-driven analytics to support the functional profiling and biomarker based target discovery of proteomics data.

Mohamed Mostafa Arafa, M.B.B.S, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Andrology
Cairo University
Urology Consultant
Hamad Medical Corporation
Doha, Qatar

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. Until 2011, he was a senior staff in the Andrology Department, Cairo, Egypt. Dr Arafa has since joined Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar as a consultant.

Muhammad Abu-Elmagd, Ph.D.


Associate Professor
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. Dr Abu-Elmagd currently is editor and chief of BMC genomics and founder of the Journal in Genomic Medicine.

Mourad Assidi, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
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. Immediately after, he joined McGill University Health Center as a postdoctoral fellow at the Ob/Gyn department, Medicine Faculty, McGill University, Canada. 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.

Reecha Sharma, M.D., M.S.


Assistant Professor
Department of Health Services
St. Joseph’s University
5600 West City Avenue,
PA, 19131
Tel: (610) 660-2955

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Reecha Sharma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. 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.

Luna Samanta, PhD

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Dr. Luna Samanta is a Professor and Head of the Department of Zoology, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Orissa, India. Luna recently completed a Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship 2012 at the Imperial College of London, United Kingdom. Luna was then awarded a Raman Fellowship for Post Doctorate Research to do advanced research at the Center for Reproductive Medicine. She was a Research Fellow in Andrology at Cleveland Clinic during 2014-2015.

Kavindra Kumar Kesari, M. Tech, PhD

Dr. Kesari

Senior Scientist
Department of Applied Physics, & Department of Bioproduct and Biosystem
St. Joseph’s University
Vuorimiehentie 1, Aalto University,
Espoo 00076
Tel: +358-451472943

Kavindra Kesari is currently working as Senior Scientist at the Aalto University, Finland. He holds Research Associate position at JNU Delhi and Assistant Professor at JNU, Jaipur. Kesari did his Doctoral degree in Biotechnology from India and Postdoctoral research from University of Eastern Finland. He has published over 45 scientific papers in scientific journals, 12 book chapters, 2 books and presented over 25 papers at national and international scientific meetings. Kesari served as subject expert for many International committee and also Editorial board member and reviewer of repute. Kesari has conducted several research projects and guided doctoral students. He has received four times young scientist award.

Sheryl Homa, PhD ARCS FIBMS

Dr. Homa

Honorary Senior Lecturer
Department of Biosciences
University of Kent
Canterbury CT2 7NJ UK

Sheryl Homa is an HCPC registered Clinical Scientist with a special interest in male fertility. She obtained her degrees in Biochemistry at Imperial College of Science and Technology and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. She spent a large part of her career as an academic research scientist in the field of oocyte maturation, funded by the National Institutes of Health in the USA. For many years she served as Scientific Director of several fertility clinics in the UK working in both the public and private sectors. She has collaborated on many research projects including investigating calcium signalling in sperm and sperm aneuploidy.

More recently her work has focused on oxidative stress, infection and sperm quality. Currently Sheryl is director of Andrology Solutions, an HFEA licensed male fertility clinic offering expert care and advice for men's fertility and sexual health. She is also honorary senior lecturer at University of Kent and consultant clinical lead for Andrology at The Doctors Laboratory.

Sezgin Gunes, PhD

Dr. Gunes

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Sezgin Gunes is an Associate Professor of Medical Biology and Multidisciplinary Molecular Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University in Turkey. She received her B.Sc. from the Faculty of Art and Science, Middle East Technical University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Medical Biology and Genetics from Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University. Dr. Gunes teaches the molecular biology and genetics courses to medical students at Ondokuz Mayis University. She also teaches cell biology, signal transduction, ageing and apoptosis, cancer genetics and genetic and epigenetic basis of infertility to M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. Dr. Gunes directs a number of M.S and Ph.D. graduate students, and research personnel.

Avraham Harlev, MD

Dr. Harlev

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Dr. Avraham Harlev is a Senior Physician in the Fertility and IVF Unit, Soroka University Medical Center, Israel. He is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel, from where he graduated as an MD in 2004. Avi was a Research Fellow in Andrology at the American Center for Reproductive Medicine from Sept 2014 to August 2015.

Eva Tvrda, PhD

Dr. Tvrda

Department of Animal Physiology
Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra
Tr. A. Hlinku 2, SK 94976 Nitra
Slovak Republic
Phone: 00421 37 641 4288

Eva Tvrda joined the Center for Reproductive Medicine, Cleveland Clinic as a Fulbright Research Scholar in October 2013. Her current research interests focus on the spermatozoa protein profiles of men with reproductive cancers. Eva received her Master studies in Biotechnologies at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia in 2009. Since then she received her PhD at the Department of Animal Physiology.

Peter Natesan Pushparaj, PhD

Dr. Pushparaj

Professor in Immunology & Precision Medicine
Center of Excellence in Genomic Medicine (CEGMR)
Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences
King Abdulaziz University (KAU)
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Phone: +966-6401000-(25484)

Dr.Peter Natesan Pushparaj is a faculty member in Immunology and Precision Medicine at the King Abdulaziz University (KAU). Dr.Peter obtained his PhD degree in 2005 from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. He completed his post-doctoral training at the NUS in 2008 and a Research Fellowship in Immunology and Precision Medicine at the University of Glasgow, UK in 2012.

His research interest includes Functional Genomics, Proteomics & Metabolomics, Cellular, Molecular& Systems Immunology, Molecular Genetics of Reproductive Disorders, Drug Discovery and Precision Medicine. Besides, he published several research and review articles, conference papers, and book chapters in these research areas.

He served as a reviewer for funding organizations like Wellcome Trust, UK and various eminent journals such as Mucosal Immunology, Drug Discovery Today, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, Journal of Dental Research, FEBS Journal, Current Drug Targets, Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, British Journal of Nutrition, Molecular Biology Reports etc.

Chak Lam Cho, MD

Dr. Cho

FRCS (Urology) (Edin), FHKAM (Surgery), FCSHK (Urology)
Phone: +852-93713734
Website: Research Gate

Dr. Cho holds the position of Associate Consultant at the Department of Surgery of Kwong Wah Hospital in Hong Kong since 2013. He obtained his medical degree in 2004 from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and completed residency training in Urology at Hong Kong and obtained the Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2012. Dr. Cho was awarded the corporate scholarship from the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and completed his training in male reproductive medicine in 2015 at the American Center for Reproductive Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland and the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery, Weill-Cornell University, New York.

In addition to BPH-related surgery and urinary stone surgery, his clinical interest includes varicocelectomy, sperm retrieval techniques and genitourethral reconstructive surgery.

Gian Maria Busetto

Gian Maria Busetto

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Dr. Busetto received his medical degree from Sapienza Rome University in 2007 and worked as a fellow and, later, as a consultant Urologist at Sapeinza Rome Univeristy’s Department of Gynecologic-Obstetrics Sciences and Urological Sciences.

Busetto went on to complete his PhD from Sapienza Rome University and became an adjunct professor in 2016. Since then, Dr Busetto has been Chair Professor of Urology in the departments of Sapienza Rome University, San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital, and San Pietro Hospital.

Hossam Zaki

Hossam Zaki

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Pallav Sengupta, PhD

Dr. Sengupta

Senior Lecturer
Department of Physiology
Faculty of Medicine
MAHSA University
Jalan Sp 2, Bandar Saujana Putra
42610 Jenjarum,
Selangor, Malaysia

Pallav Sengupta graduated from University of Calcutta in 2005 with Honours in Physiology. Then he commenced his Masters in Physiology with specialization in Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology and secured the third position in the University, in 2007. He received his PhD in Physiology (Reproductive Endocrinology) from University of Calcutta in 2016. He has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, authored several book chapters, and has presented more than 20 abstracts at both National and International scientific meetings. Physiological Society of India (PSI) bestowed him with the Young Scientist Award in 2012.

He is presently working as an International collaborator with the best Institutes for Reproductive Biology research, like the American Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, USA, to integrate various areas of Reproductive Endocrinology and Reproductive Health. Dr. Sengupta is also engaged in teaching Physiology for last ten years. He started teaching as a Lecturer in the Department of Physiology, Vidyasagar College for Women, University of Calcutta, in 2007, soon after his Masters. He worked there up to 2015. He has also procured experience of teaching as a Lecturer in Department of Physiology, Uluberia College, University of Calcutta, during 2010-2011.

n 2015, he has joined in the Faculty of Medicine of Lincoln University College, Malaysia where he has been the Head of the Physiology Department, and guided graduate and post-graduate in his field of interest till 2017. Presently he is continuing teaching and research in the Faculty of Medicine, MAHSA University, Malaysia

Ralf Henkel, PhD Habil

Dr. Henkel

Professor and Head of Department
Department of Medical Bioscience
University of the Western Cape
Bellville, 7535, South Africa
Tel: +27-21-959 2037

Dr. Henkel studied Biology and Chemistry at the University of Marburg, Germany, and obtained his PhD in 1990. Subsequently, he commenced working in Andrology in Giessen and Jena, Germany, and is currently Professor and Head of Department at the University of the Western Cape and Honorary Professor at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru. He published more than 110 papers and 40 book chapters, and supervised 69 postgraduate students (BSc Hons, MSc and PhD). Ralf Henkel is Editor-in-Chief of Andrologia. His special research interests is sperm functions, impact of oxidative stress on male fertility, sperm DNA fragmentation as well the effects of herbal medicines on male reproductive functions and the prostate.

Sulagna Dutta, PhD

Dr. Dutta

Lecturer, Department of Physiology Faculty of Medicine
MAHSA University
Jalan SP 2,
Bandar Saujana Putra 42610 Jenjarum,
Selangor, Malaysia

Sulagna Dutta, PhD, graduated from University of Calcutta with Honours in Physiology in 2009. She received her Master degree in Physiology with specialization in Immunology and Microbiology in 2011 with the third rank in University, and subsequently her Doctorate in Physiology (Immunology) from the same University in 2016. She has qualified the National Eligibility Test for Lectureship (NET) held by UGC-CSIR in 2011, and thus, received University Research Fellowship for her Doctoral research. She has more than six years of research experience in Immunology, and during this tenure she has published several scientific articles, book chapters and spoke in numerous National and International scientific conferences.

She also holds experience in teaching Physiology for more than six years. She started her teaching in Post-graduate section in Department of Physiology, Serampore College, University of Calcutta in 2011. She has been a Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine of Lincoln University College, Malaysia and guided graduate and post-graduate students in her field of interest till 2017. Presently she is continuing teaching and research in the Faculty of Medicine, MAHSA University, Malaysia besides being an International collaborator of eminent Institutes like the esteemed American Center for Reproductive Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, USA.

Ahmad Majzoub, MBChB, MD, CABU

Dr. Majzoub

Consultant in Urology
Department of Urology
Hamad Medical Corporation
Doha, Qatar
Phone: +974-40263727

Dr. Majzoub is a specialist in the fields of Andrology and Male Infertility, currently holding the position of Consultant at the department of Urology at Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar. He obtained his MBChB from Beirut Arab University in 2005 and proceeded to complete his residency training in Urology in Qatar to become an Arab Board Certified Urologist. Dr. Majzoub underwent Clinical and Research Fellowship in Andrology at the world-famous Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute and the American Center for Reproductive Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, United States. Dr. Majzoub provides services in General Urology, Andrology and Male infertility offering endoscopic, microsurgical, reconstructive and prosthetic surgeries for his patients. His interests extend towards the management of chronic pelvic pain syndrome in men and has opened the first dedicated pelvic pain clinic in the region.

Dr. Majzoub is actively involved in the field of Medical Research with over 100 research publications at peer reviewed journals and several book chapters mainly focusing on Andrology and men’s health. He holds editorial positions at a number of scientific journals and has had several speaker participations at national and international conferences. He most recently co-edited a book entitled “The complete guide to male fertility preservation” and co-guest edited a special issue on sperm DNA fragmentation in Translational Andrology and Urology.

Walter D. Cardona Maya, PhD

Dr. Maya

Profesor Facultad de Medicina
Departamento de Microbiología y Parasitología
Grupo Reproducción
Universidad de Antioquia
Carrera 53 # 61 - 30, Lab 534.
Medellin - Colombia.

Dr. Cardona Maya received his Bacteriologist Degree in 2001 from the Colegio Mayor de Antioquia, Colombia. He received his Masters of Biomedical Sciences in 2005 and PhD degree in 2009 from University of Antioquia, Colombia. His thesis focused on the human acrosome reaction and interaction between human sperm and HIV. The principal areas of his research are conventional and functional semen parameters, semen oxidants and antioxidants, natural spermicidals, and sperm interaction with bacteria and HIV. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles and reviews in peer-reviewed scientific journals.