An Insight Into Behind The Scenes Of Our IVF Laboratory

Dr. Munaf, IVF director

An Insight Into Behind The Scenes Of Our IVF Laboratory

Expert spotlight: An Interview with Dr. Munaf, IVF Director at Anova Fertility

After a series of blogs focusing on assisted reproductive technology trends and infertility, we decided to dedicate the next blog the heart and backbone of any fertility clinic – the embryologist. The overall outcome of an IVF cycle is greatly impacted by the skills, knowledge, and work of the embryologist. And we are very proud to have Dr. Munaf, one of the best embryologists take care of Juno’s precious embryos.

Dr. Munaf is the Director of the IVF lab at Anova Fertility. He is one of the founding members of Anova fertility, and he is responsible for the IVF lab from the planning stages to execution and currently overseeing all daily operations at the lab.  He has extensive and very impressive work experience in over 30 IVF labs in over 17 countries (read full bio)

He started his career at Bourn Hall Cambridge UK which is directed by Prof. Edwards, whose work led to the first “test-tube baby,” won the 2010 Nobel prize in Medicine for the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF), a breakthrough that has helped millions of infertile couples worldwide to have children

Dr. Munaf is a Certified Embryologist from Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM); American Association of Bioanalysis (AAB); American College of Embryology (ACE).

Dr. Munaf is an avid learner and continues to grow and advance his career. He has contributed and presented in many research abstracts, presentations, and publications. Dr. Munaf recently won the distinguished Embryologist of the year award.

Under his supervision and guidance, his team selects the sperm and egg with the best chances for a successful IVF and pregnancy. He is very passionate about his job and making dreams come true for our patients.

He also mentoring  co-op students from the University of Toronto and Mc Master University.

Q: What are some of the responsibilities of the embryology team?

A: Embryologist is a scientist who studies the development of gametes (sex cells), fertilization, and development of embryos and fetuses. Embryologists are responsible for the following:

  • Analysing and preparation of high-quality sperm
  • Analysis of the quality of harvested eggs
  • Fertilizing eggs with sperm including the use of ICSI when needed
  • Monitoring the development of embryos
  • Cryopreservation of sperm, eggs and embryos
  • PGS and PGD testing

However growing healthy embryos is far from being technical it requires love, care, and dedication. It is our “secret ingredient”.

Q: There is a lot at stake being responsible for those precious cells how do you do that?

A: I am very much involved in everyday lab work. I treat these tanks and what is stored in them like my own and watch over them closely every day because when handling this precious cargo every day counts and you can never be too cautious.

We have very high Tech alarming system monitoring Cryotank  24 hrs with Datalogger

In addition, I insist on adhering to the highest and strictest quality standards ESHRE and HFEA available, and we have 24/7 monitoring of all critical equipment, backup generator, and tanks in case of emergency.

We are so reassured to know that our precious embryos are in good hands! If you have any questions or concern, please do not hesitate to call 226-647-8020 or email us info@junofertilit



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