The ART Scientists Group was formed on September 28, 2002 at the CFAS meeting in Quebec, and an interim committee (Sharon Mortimer, Rod Bycroft and Marie-Claude Léveillé) was appointed to investigate whether the Group would become a CFAS Special Interest Group. At its next meeting on November 8, 2003, the Group voted unanimously to form a SIG. The aim of the ART Lab SIG is to foster consistent improvement in assisted conception outcomes in Canada by promoting the ongoing education of all ART laboratory scientists, and by encouraging practical cooperation between ART Laboratories. Membership Benefits Joining the ART Lab SIG gives you the opportunity to:

  • influence the direction of your profession in Canada
  • network with other ART lab scientists from across Canada
  • stay up to date with issues and events that affect ART lab scientists across Canada and the world

How to Join
You need to be a member of the CFAS in good standing, and be interested or involved in the delivery or direction of ART Lab services. If you would like more information, please contact:

Alexander Lagunov, BSc(H), MSc
Chair ART Lab SIG 2016 – 2019

lagunovHaving an early involvement in the ART Lab certification processes in Canada, Alexander is dedicated to furthering his support and expertise in this process towards completion.  He is also aiming to establish other key standardized laboratory directives/guidelines in the realm of Quality Management and Quality Improvement sectors of the lab, governed by the ART Lab SIG.

Currently employed as Laboratory Director of CCRM Toronto/Hannam Fertility, his professional experiences will be of considerable value to the SIG, amongst which include several start-up operations of ART laboratories, in addition to ongoing cutting edge research in the field of Clinical Andrology and Embryology.

Alexander is truly passionate about the future growth and development of our profession in Canada.

NavidDr. Navid Esfandiari is Director of Embryology and Andrology Laboratories at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), and an Associate Professor of Ob-Gyn and Pathology at Geisel School of Medicine in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Navid received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from University of Tehran and completed his residency and PhD in Reproductive Immunology in Medical Sciences University of Tehran in 1994. Subsequently he completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Departments of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Prior to joining DHMC, Navid was the Director of Embryology, Andrology and Immunoassay Clinical and Research Laboratories at Toronto Centre for Advanced Reproductive Technology (TCART) for 12 years (2002-2014).

Dr. Esfandiari has been a faculty member since 1994 and has lectured and taught Reproductive Immunology, Embryology, and Assisted Reproductive Technology to graduate students, residents, and fellows. He takes great pride in his embryology team members, many of whom are currently well-known ART Laboratory Directors. The REI fellows associated with him are successful fertility practitioners all around the world.

Navid was an executive ART SIG board member at CFAS from 2003-2006. He is certified as ART Laboratory Director, by the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS). In addition, he is a member of the American, Canadian, and European Societies for Reproductive Medicine and is board certified through the American Association of Bioanalysis as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD) as well as an Embryology Laboratory Director (ELD).

Dr. Esfandiari has an extensive research background with more than 100 publications in the field of human reproduction and fertility. He is an editorial board member of several top ranked medical journals including Fertility and Sterility and Journal of assisted reproduction and genetics (JARG).

jasonJason is the Laboratory Supervisor at PCRM-Burnaby, where he has worked since 2008. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Chemistry from the University of British Colombia in 2005 and more recently his Masters in Clinical Embryology from the University of Leeds, in 2014.

Jason has a special interest in embryo morphokinetics and in preimplantation genetic diagnosis. He is an enthusiastic and energetic person who is eager to contribute to CFAS in order to foster and encourage a new generation of Embryologists and Andrologists.

CarleeWhiteCarlee White is currently a casual employee at The Fertility Clinic at London Health Sciences Center (LHSC). She has been working here since November 2014 as an andrologist, and is hoping to begin training in embryology in the future. In addition to working at the clinic, Carlee has also been involved in fertility through her research as a Ph.D. candidate at Western University.

Throughout the last four years Carlee has been studying the effects of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) on genomic imprinting in mouse and human preimplantation embryos. She has also gone to multiple reproductive biology meetings, including the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) and Southern Ontario Reproductive Biology (SORB) meetings in 2013 and 2014, and has been a member of the Reproduction, Early Development, and the Impact on Health (REDIH) group since 2011. Her research and passion for early embryo work in the lab is what stemmed her strong desire to one day obtain a life-long career as an Embryologist.