Our IVF Laboratory and Embryologists
Achieving a successful outcome in reproductive care requires a comprehensive approach, which means multiple disciplines must merge together and work in synchrony to ensure patients achieve their ultimate goal — a healthy baby. At CCRH, we realize that we are only as good as the physicians, nurses, ancillary staff and embryology laboratory that provide services to our patients daily. This is precisely why our IVF clinic has affiliated itself with In Vitrotech Labs, Inc., a premier embryology/andrology laboratory in Los Angeles, to provide assisted reproductive technology (ART) to our patients.
The laboratory is a fully certified and decorated embryology/andrology laboratory offering all facets of ART and non-ART reproductive services:
- Semen analysis
- Sperm Chromatin Structural Assay (SCSA) testing
- Sperm preparation for intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- Sperm processing for gender selection (Ericsson)
- Sperm separation based on DNA fragmentation indices
- Sperm identification from epididymal/testicular sperm extraction (PESA, MESA, TESE)
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and screening (PGS)
- Comprehensive 24 chromosome analysis
- Microarray analysis
- Comparative genomic hybridization analysis (CGH)
- Array CGH
- SNP microarray
- Next-generation sequencing
- Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH)
- Laser-assisted polar body biopsy, day 3 embryo biopsy, and day 5 (blastocyst) embryo biopsy
- Laser-assisted hatching
- Embryo cryopreservation via vitrification and slow freeze
- Oocyte (egg) cryopreservation via vitrification and slow freeze
- Sperm cryopreservation
- Day 2, day 3, day 4 (morula), day 5 (blastocyst), day 6 (blastocyst) embryo transfer
- Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT)
- Zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT)
- Tubal embryo transfer (TET)
A statement from In Vitrotech’s High Complexity Laboratory Directors (HCLD), Dr. Yulan Zhang:
We believe in cultivating excellence through investment in the latest technology to improve clinical outcomes and by making the commitment to hire and train staff that is not only experienced but also passionate and highly committed to patient care. Our embryology lab is fully equipped with state of the art instrumentation enabling our embryologists to perform the most advanced ART procedures in a state-of-the-art facility. To encourage continuous innovation and progress in the field of ART, we monitor our performance closely, enabling us to make immediate improvements on any level. Our embryologists are constantly engaged in educational seminars and academic conferences to remain at the top of their field. Our passion remains and has always been for achieving superior pregnancy rates in a safe and effective manner, and we go to great lengths to achieve this one gamete at a time. Yulan Zhang MD PhD and Jerry Hall, PhD
Yulan Zhang, MD PhD HCLD is In Vitrotech Laboratory Director. Yulan is an American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) Board Certified High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD) in Embryology and Andrology. She received her MD and PhD degrees in histology and embryology at Harbin Medical University in China. She underwent extensive training in in vitro fertilization at the University of Pittsburgh, and comprehensive PGD training at Cornell University. Yulan has published a book ("Infertility and Treatment"), and over 20 journal articles and multiple abstracts in the fields of IVF and human reproduction on a variety of topics such as the regulation of embryo implantation, oocyte maturation and quality improvement, the etiologies and treatments of male factor infertility, and stem cell isolation. Furthermore, Yulan has given numerous presentations in prestigious scientific conferences, including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) international meeting. With an extensive body of research in embryology and infertility, and over 25 years of clinical experience as an embryologist, Yulan is one of In Vitrotech Labs' prize assets.
Hongxia Hui, MD is one of In Vitrotech Labs’ senior embryologists. She received her medical degree from Harbin Medical University, P.R. in China. In addition to her medical education and training, she has acquired extensive experience and knowledge in clinical human embryology and research. She received rigorous training as an embryologist at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Affiliated Shanghai Hospital of the 2nd Military Medical University. P.R. China. Doctor Hui has over 15 years of experience in the human IVF field, and has handled over 20,000 IVF cases in various clinics in the USA and China. She is highly skilled in performing all procedures related to IVF such as ICSI, PGS/PGD, vitrification and thawing of eggs and embryos… Her research areas include genetic analysis of the AZF gene for male infertility, and Ca++ oscillation test in the process of oocyte maturation and fertilization. With an obsessive attention to detail, a wonderful dedication to patient care, and unsurpassed skills in the embryology laboratory, Dr. Hui has become an indispensable part of In Vitrotech Labs’ embryology team.
Jerry Hall, PhD HCLD is yet another of In Vitrotech’s senior embryologists. He has been involved in human assisted reproductive technologies for over twenty years, including seven years as laboratory director of the IVF program at George Washington University. After receiving his PhD in 1974 from the University of Mississippi, he served a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Subsequently, Dr. Hall directed gamete research for the Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for four years. In 1981, Dr. Hall established the Center for Reproductive Research and Testing, the first private, comprehensive andrology laboratory in the United States. He has presented two general program award papers and a prize abstract at the ASRM annual meetings and has authored over a hundred scientific articles and abstracts. In addition, he also serves as a consultant to fertility programs throughout the United States and internationally. Together Dr. Hall, Dr. Zhang, and Dr. Hui make up one of the most experienced embryology teams in the greater Los Angeles area.
In Vitrotech Labs’ strict quality control standards have earned it full accreditation and licensure from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and Tissue Bank. The laboratory adheres to the guidelines set forth by ASRM, and is a member of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). The lab is proud to report all its pregnancy rate results to the SART Registry, as well as the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC).