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Our Embryologists / Andrologists

Four Doctoral level embryologists with over 50 years of combined experience

The Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine’s IVF lab team consists of four doctoral level embryologists, with over 50 years of combined experience. Our andrology/endocrinology lab is headed by a Bachelor of Science level medical technologist with over 14 years experience.

Dr. Yang, the director of our program has been with the Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine over the last 17 years. Dr. Yang has over 22 years experience as an embryologist/andrologist. He is board certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis as a high complex lab director (HCLD). Dr. Yang is internationally known as one of the pioneers in the areas of intracytoplasmic sperm injection as well as egg freezing. Dr. Yang is responsible for the first baby born in the world to a cancer patient who froze her eggs.

Dr. Xiang is our embryology lab supervisor. She is board certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis as a high complex lab director. Dr. Xiang has worked as a lab manager, senior embryologist and technical supervisor since 2006. Dr. Xiang’s area of research includes sperm/egg interaction, sperm chemotaxis and embryo development. Dr. Xiang’s research papers are published in the National Academy of Science and Journal of Developmental Biology.

Dr. Liu has a Medical Doctorate as well as a Masters in clinical medicine. Dr. Liu has worked as a reproductive endocrinologist in China. She has worked in embryology for the last eight years. She has extensive experience in all aspects of embryology. Dr. Liu is also trained in andrology as well as endocrinology.

Dr. Wang earned his Master in genetics at Mississippi State University and PhD in biomedical engineering at Marquette University.  He has 5 years of research experience about early embryo development and 2 years clinical embryologist experience.  He previously worked in the area of oocyte in vitro maturation and earlier embryonic gene activation.  He has trained and worked in sperm production, oocyte retrieval, fertilization, ICSI and transfer.

Heather Schantz, BS, MLS. CLT. MT. has been our andrology/endocrinology lab supervisor over the last 9 years. Heather received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. She completed her medical technology training in Jacksonville. Heather has extensive clinical laboratory experience and is licensed by the State of Florida.