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IVF Embryology Team

The RSC New England IVF embryology team maintains the highest standards and our lab holds the College of American Pathologists Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation.

Embryology team at RSC New England

Our IVF embryology team provides assisted reproductive technologies (ART), an array of methods developed as part of and to complement In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Patients entrust the task of culturing their eggs, sperm and embryos to our scientific team, all trained, deeply experienced and dedicated professionals. Our laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation Program.

While maintaining the highest standards to assure optimal results in the safest setting, the laboratory team is both proficient in the full array of techniques including advanced embryo culture, assisted hatching, ICSI, embryo biopsy for genetic testing, gamete and embryo cryopreservation and vitrification. We strive to integrate emerging technologies that will maximize and optimize our patients' care in their family-building goals.

From ICSI for fertilizing eggs by injection of individual sperm cells to PGD for selection of disease-free embryos, our state-of-the-art laboratory provides every service related to assisted reproductive medicine with outstanding results.

Kathryn J. Go, PhD
Scientific & Laboratory Director

Dr. Go joined the Reproductive Science Center in 2006 after serving as the director of the IVF Laboratory at Pennsylvania Hospital/Pennsylvania Reproductive Associates in Philadelphia, PA, for 21 years.

Dr. Go received her doctoral degree in molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Board-certified as a high complexity laboratory director, Dr. Go has served two terms on the Executive Council of the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), was a member of the Reproductive Biology Resource Committee of SART and the College of American Pathologists, consultant to the ASRM Office of Government Affairs, Chair of the Reproductive Biology Professional Group of the ASRM, and was on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Go has an avid interest in assisted reproductive technologies and the pursuit and implementation of new techniques in the laboratory to improve patient outcomes, and is the author of articles on quality control and clinical findings, as well as reviews on novel research areas in reproductive biology.

Jay PatelJay Patel, B.S., M.S., T.S.,
Laboratory Technical Manager and Supervisor

Jay earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts. He  is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysts as a Technical Supervisor in Andrology and Embryology.

 

Embryology Staff

Donna Cunningham
Donna Cunningham is a senior embryologist with 20+ years of experience and expertise. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Technology and is certified as a Technical Supervisor in Embryology and Andrology by the American Board of Bioanalysts. During her long and continuous tenure at RSC New England, she has overseen the introduction and implementation of all the innovative, state-of-the-art techniques for assisted reproduction into the RSC New England laboratory. Her mentorship of the embryologists has been essential to its mission of excellence in patient care and to her infusing them with her passion for this field.

Meghan Connerney
Meghan is a senior embryologist, earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Westfield College and joined RSC New England in 2006. Meg’s technical expertise and inherent interest in clinical embryology have enabled her to advance steadily and rapidly to become a senior embryologist at RSC New England and to contribute to the solid foundation allowing the laboratory’s continued evolution in concert with that of IVF.

May Fung
Senior embryologist, May Fung, earned her Bachelor’s of Science in biology with a concentration in biochemistry at Emmanuel College, and has many years of experience as a clinical embryologist. She entered the field of in vitro fertilization in 1988.

Laurie Kalaghan
Laurie joined the RSC New England embryology team in 2011 following her graduation from Boston University and post-graduate experience in quality control testing for a toxicology laboratory. Laurie brings great meticulousness and attention to detail to her work in clinical embryology, an area in which she had expressed deep interest while interning at RSC New England during her college career. We have been appreciative that she pursued her interest and fulfilled her goal of becoming part of our team.

Danielle Sheehan
Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and spent one year at University College in Cork, Ireland studying reproductive physiology. A senior embryologist, she has a Masters of Clinical Embryology and Andrology from the Jones Institute of the Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is certified as a Technical Program Supervisor in embryology and andrology by the American Board of Bioanalysts.

Hui-Zhong Yin
Senior embryologist, Hui-Zhong graduated from the Qingdao Medical School and practiced in China as a surgeon and urologist. His interests in urology and andrology led him to clinical embryology. He joined the RSC laboratory team in 1999. Hui-Zhong’s experience is distinguished. He founded the first andrology clinic and laboratory in China for male infertility.