Fertility Researchers


Laura Rienzi, PhD

Director of the Scientific Executive Committee of GeneraLife
GeneraLife IVF
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board


With 30 years’ experience in human assisted reproduction technologies, pre-implantation genetic testing and cryopreservation of human oocytes, sperm and embryos, Laura Rienzi is Associate Professor, Department of Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Urbino, Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of IVI-RMA Global Research Alliance, and Scientific Director of GENERA network in Italy.


Prof. Rienzi obtained her degree in Biology magna cum laude in 1993 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, University of Rome, followed by a Post-graduate Research Fellowship at the IVF Center, Hôpital Necker-Enfants malades, in Paris (1994-1995). She then also obtained a Master’s degree (2009) and a Specialization in Reproductive Medicine (2015) at the University of Padua. Since 2016, she has been Adjunct Professor of Biotechnology in Assisted Reproduction at the Faculty of Biology, University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Italy. In 2022, she was appointed as Associated Professor, Department of Biomolecular Sciences, University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Italy.

She has authored 230 articles (Scopus H-Index 59), reviews and book chapters, she has also been invited to speak in more than 300 national and international scientific meetings and has won several awards regarding fertility investigation and innovation.

In 2008 she founded together with Dr. Filippo Maria Ubaldi the GENERA IVF centers, with 4 different locations in Italy, where she has been Laboratory Director. In 2021 she was actively involved, as Scientific Director, in the creation of the European network of IVF clinics GENERALIFE. In 2023 GENERALIFE was incorporated in the IVI-RMA Global Research Alliance, where Prof. Rienzi has been appointed as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board.


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Education and Training

Biological degree magna cum laude University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ (1993)
Post-graduate Research Fellowship at the IVF Center Hôpital Necker-Enfants malades, in Paris (1994-1995)
Accomplishment of the state qualifying examination for the Profession of Biologist (1996)
Certification “Senior Clinical Embryologist” European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) (2008)
II Level Master in “Reproductive Medicine” University of Padova (2008-2009)
Course of Specialization in “Reproductive Medicine” University of Padova (2014-2015)

Honors and recognition

KEY NOTE lecture at the ESHRE Annual meeting for the most dowloaded paper puplished on Human Reproduction 2010 - 2011
Winner as Principal Investigator of the Grant for Fertility Innovation (GFI) for the project: "microRNA secretion profile analysis in blastocyst spent culture media: new perspectives for non-invasive embryo evaluation and implantation insight" - 2013-2015
Winner as member of the International Advisory Board di Horizon 2020-TWINN for the project: “Epigenetic Risk Assessment of Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ERAofART) 2016
Winner as Principal Investigator of the Grant FORWARD (Finox Offers Research Work Award in Reproductive Development) with the project “Mitochondrial DNA into the secretome as non-invasive biomarker to safely predict developmental potential of human embryos 2016
Winner of the Gold Medal of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproduction from the Dexeus University Institute in Barcelona for her contribution to research in the reproductive field 2021
President of the Italian Society of Embryology, Reproduction and Research 2014-2018


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