Ali Ahmady, PhD, HCLD, EMB

Lab Director

Ali Ahmady, Ph.D. (he, his, him), is an Associate Professor and Lab Director at the Fertility Reproductive Medicine Center (FRMC) for the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University Medical School St Louis. He has been involved in the field of ART as an embryologist since the late 1980s. Throughout his career, he has directed nine IVF, Andrology/Endocrinology laboratories, and constructed five ART laboratories.

Dr. Ahmady received his Ph.D. in Embryology from the National University of Singapore. His post-graduate research focused on male infertility. He did a systematic study of the fertilization ability of dead sperm (at the cellular and molecular level, especially DNA damage) to unravel the process of life, concluding that the integrity of sperm DNA is the most determining factor. He developed the Single Sperm Curling Test for selecting viable sperm in ICSI procedure. He also developed a hamster ICSI assay for evaluating the fertilization ability of severe male factor patient sperm. He produced the first ICSI live birth in the mouse. Dr. Ahmady is an author of a book and co-author of a chapter in Atlas of Embryology. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers. Several pioneers in the field have quoted his work on DNA damage.

He is a certified High Complexity Lab Director (HCLD) from the American Board of Bioanalysis. He also holds a certificate of qualification as a Lab Director in Andrology and Endocrinology from the New York State Department of Health. He is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), current chair (2022) Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Biology Special Interest Group (RMSCBSIG), and a member coding committee. He also is a member of the American Association of Bioanalysis (AAB) and the College of Reproductive Biology (CRB).