Laboratory Director

H. Christina Lee, M.D., J.D., E.L.D., H.C.L.D.

Our on-site laboratory director, Dr. H. Christina Lee, has been certified as an embryology laboratory director (E.L.D.) and a high complexity clinical laboratory director (H.C.L.D) in the laboratory science of andrology and embryology by the American Board of Bioanalysis since 1995. This certification is the highest standard that can be accomplished in the field.

Many laboratories have off-site laboratory directors who visit the laboratory two to three times a year. Some laboratories may have an on-site laboratory director in title, but minimally involved in the actual laboratory function. We believe quality laboratory performance requires vigilant quality oversight by an actively participating laboratory director.

We have the distinct privilege of having an on-site laboratory director who is double boarded as a reproductive endocrinologist and a high complexity laboratory director. She is uniquely qualified with the technical skills in embryology and andrology, the laboratory science in human andrology and embryology, and the medical expertise in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Our laboratory director is involved not only in the day-to-day operation but the critical quality improvement activities in the laboratory. Her unusual qualification and dedication enables us to critically evaluate every new finding for its merit before we integrate seamlessly a new clinical discovery or ground-breaking innovation in assisted reproductive technologies into our practice and our laboratory.

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Alyshia Newhart, B.A.

Alyshia graduated cum laude from Arcadia University in 2009 with a B.A. in Biology. She has worked in molecular and cellular biology research at The Wistar Institute for six years before she joined the Family Fertility Center Laboratory Team in 2016. Alyshia discovered her love for human embryology during her fourth year of undergraduate studies. On her own volition, she completed a certification course in human embryology offered by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. 

Alyshia has the perfect traits to be an embryologist: inquisitive, analytical, methodical and meticulous by nature. She is proficient in andrology procedures such as semen analysis with strict Kruger criteria and sperm preparation for insemination and A.R.T. procedure. She is also an accomplished embryologist performing in-vitro fertilization (IVF), assisted hatching, embryo transfer, and cryopreservation of human embryos with vitrification techniques.

Alyshia has been accepted and will pursue graduate studies for a Master of Science (M.S.) program in Clinical Embryology and Andrology offered by the Eastern Virginia Medical School starting fall of 2017.

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