Session 78: I3 GOES MAVERICK
Tuesday 5th October, 2021. 3PM EST/ 8PM GMT / 9PM CET
The Maverick Reproductive Biologists take over the International IVF Initiative's webinar this week!
A coup d'état roundtable discussion by the elusive "Mavs" discussing lab techniques and embryologists' issues with questions from you!
Dr. Gerry Celia
Dr. Liesl Nel-Themaat
Dr. Mara Simopoulou
Dr. Betsy Cairo
Dr. Michael Baker
Dr. Bryan Kloos
Dr. Sheela S. Ali
This Session is Organised by the "Maverick Reproductive Biologists" Facebook Page
DR. GERRY CELIA
Gerry received his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut and his PhD in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Vermont. He began his clinical career in 2005 and has been an active member of the ART community since, serving as president of both the College of Reproductive Biologists (2016-17) and the Society for Reproductive Biologists and Technologists (2018-19). If it actually existed (which can’t be proven), Gerry would also be considered a founding member of the Maverick Reproductive Biologists group. He is motivated by a desire to connect people and remove barriers which limit both growth – individually and as a community - for the benefit of our industry and of our patients.
In his spare time Gerry and his wife breed and raise Warmblood Dressage horses, run, snowboard, surf (terribly), scuba dive, sail, and chase their 5yo son around.
DR. LIESL NEL-THEMAAT
She earned her undergraduate degree in agriculture (physiology and biochemistry) from the University of Stellenbosch. As her next move, Dr. Nel-Themaat left her native South Africa to pursue her Doctor of Philosophy in animal reproductive physiology from Louisiana State University. During her Doctoral studies, Dr. Nel-Themaat was a Graduate Research Assistant for the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species where she worked in assisted reproductive technologies in various exotic species. Her research included intergeneric nuclear transfer cloning for use in conservation and she managed the Frozen Zoo biomaterials resource bank, a collection of cell lines from endangered species as an insurance against extinction. After graduating with her Ph.D., Dr. Nel-Themaat did a postdoctoral fellowship and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, where she continued her studies of the reproductive system using transgenic animal models.
All her zoology-based groundwork laid the foundation for Dr. Nel-Themaat’s expertise in embryology, andrology, and endocrinology. Since joining the University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine in 2017, she has not only been a key player in all lab activities, but also participates as faculty for the REI Fellowship Program.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Nel-Themaat has contributed to dozens of professional publications, covering topics such as development of new technologies for use in the reproductive lab, cryopreservation of sperm, embryos and eggs, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and diminished ovarian reserve. She is an active member of professional organizations including the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB), American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Colorado Association of Reproductive Technologists, College of Reproductive Biologists (CRB), and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SRBT) where she is the president elect. Dr. Nel-Themaat is among the founding members of the International IVF Initiative (i3), a non-profit global educational project for the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) community.
Today, Dr. Nel-Themaat is the IVF Lab Director for SGF Colorado. When she is not overseeing the labs, you can find Dr. Nel-Themaat outdoors running, snowboarding, mountain biking, and scuba diving. She is also currently working on her Executive MBA.
DR. MARA SIMOPOULOU
Dr. Mara Simopoulou is an Associate Professor of Physiology-Embryology at the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens who is personally invested in medical education, research and forming and testing the “right” hypotheses. Upgrading clinical embryology practice, training and identifying ways to ascertain quality and high standards is her mission. Personal aim: Learning to feel comfortable when leaving her comfort zone.
Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from the University of Minnesota and a Technical Supervisor Certification from American Association of Bioanalysts. She is a member of ASRM, College of Reproductive Biology (CRB), and Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists (SRBT). Her initial training included large animal IVF and systems development. After graduation in 1999 she began working in the human embryology field.
Ashley has worked in varied embryology settings in her career including a single physician practice, a large hospital based system and per diem care. This broad range of experiences has shown her that each system is unique and has challenges and successes. She loves to teach and train and introduce new people to the field.
Ashley works for Kindbody and lives in Minnesota with her husband, three kids and her dog. The love and joy she receives from her family is what inspires her to work with couples to create their own family.
sident in Obstetrics and Gynaecology twice in this period (2000-2004).
Graduated with Honours from Medical School at Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico (1998)
DR. BETSY CAIROBetsy Cairo PhD, HCLD, CSES is a Reproductive Biologist and is the founder/owner and director of CryoGam Colorado, the only cryobank in Colorado. She also taught graduate and under- graduate courses at University of Northern Colorado(1995-2017). Dr. Cairo’s experience in the field and classroom have fueled her passion and created a vision for educating Colorado’s youth, its educators and its communities about reproductive health. Dr. Cairo is a board certified Reproductive Biologist from the American Association of Bioanalysis as a High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD). She is also certified as a supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapist (CSES).
HUEY HUYNHHuey pursued his undergraduate and graduate work in Biological Sciences and Developmental Biology at Temple University. In addition, he earned a master of science degree at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in health education. He received micromanipulation (ICSI and AHA) training at the Jones Institute of Reproductive Medicine, in Norfolk, VA.
In addition to his responsibilities as an embryologist, Huey was an active participant in FDA clinical trials and ongoing research studies and served as a consultant to both colleagues throughout the country and to several biomedical companies. Huey excels in improving the protocols and preimplantation environment of the IVF laboratory such that the highest level of patient care can be offered.
DR. MICHAEL BAKER
DR. BRYAN KLOOS
Dr. Bryan Kloos PhD, HCLD is the Laboratory Director at Park Avenue Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, Hudson Valley Fertility and Androvia LifeSciences. Dr. Kloos received his BS from University of Vermont and his PhD from Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biological Sciences. Dr. Kloos is a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD) with over two decades of experience helping couples achieve pregnancy by using advanced fertility techniques. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, skiing and hiking.
DR. SHEELA S. ALI