María José De los Santos, Ph.D

Director of the Clinical Embryology Laboratory at IVI Valencia

IVI Valencia

María José De los Santos, Ph.D

Biography

Dr. Maria J. de los Santos started her career in 1991 in the IVF laboratory of IVI Valencia. She received her Ph.D. in Biology from University of Valencia in 1996, and from 1996-1999 she carried out her postdoctoral fellowship in Reproductive Immunology at Fearing Research Laboratory at Harvard Medical School, under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Anderson and Dr. Joseph Hill. She also worked as clinical embryologist at the Brigham and Women´s Hospital under the direction of Dr. Catherine Racowsky.

As a clinical ESHRE and ASEBIR Senior Clinical Embryologist and researcher, her main focus is to study embryo quality, embryo development and in vitro embryo culture conditions. Currently, she is the Director of the Clinical Embryology Laboratory at IVI Valencia and designated participant from Spanish Government for the 3rd and 4th edition of “Guide to the Quality and Safety of Tissues and Cells for Human Application” of the European Council.

She has published over 40 original “peer review” articles in leading reproductive journals and wrote than 20 book chapters. She has also participated as researcher in competitive projects funded by Generalitat Valenciana (IMPIVA) and Spanish Government (CDTI).

Dr. De los Santos has been involved in teaching since her early career. Presently, she is the Coordinator of two modules (The Clinical Embryology Laboratory and Improving Embryo Quality) from the Master’s Degree in Biotechnology of Assisted Human Reproduction (former doctorate degree of the Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of University of Valencia School of Medicine) given by ADEIT since 2001.


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Education and Training

B.Sc. Biology. University of Valencia, Spain (1990)
Master Degree Biology of Reproduction. University of Valencia, Spain (1991)
Ph.D (Biology) Valencia School of Medicine. University of Valencia, Spain (1996)
Fellowship Postdoctoral fellowship on Immunology of Reproduction at Fearing Research Laboratory. Harvard Medical School, MA, USA (1996-1999)

Honors and recognition

Designated participant from Spanish Government for the 3rd and 4th edition of “Guide to the Quality and Safety of Tissues and Cells for Human Application” of the European Council 2015-present
Past -Coordinator of Special Interest Group in Embryology ESHRE 2015-present
Coordinator of Special Interest Group in Embryology ESHRE 2013-2015
Deputy Member of Special Interest Group in Embryology ESHRE 2010-2013
Deputy of the Interest Group in Embryo Quality of ASEBIR 2013-2015
Associate Editor of Medres 2013
President of the Interest Group in Embryo Quality of ASEBIR 2009-2013
ASEBIR Best Clinical Oral Communication Award, Valencia, Spain 2009
Sociedad Española de Infertilidad Oral Communication Award, Sevilla, Spain 2000
Real Colegio Complutense (RCC), Harvard Grant 1998
William F. Milton Foundaiton Grant Award 1997
Sociedad Española de Infertilidad Oral Communication Award, Tenerife, Spain 1995
American Scoiety for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Award, Seattle, USA 1994
Sociedad Española de Infertilidad Award, Alicante, Spain 1991

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