Buffalo Infertility and IVF Associates
Lab Staff

Lisa Cowan, MSc.
Lisa Cowan, MSc.
IVF & Tissue Bank Laboratory Director
Lisa Cowan (MSc.), is the IVF Laboratory and Tissue Bank Director for Buffalo IVF. Lisa received her Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Embryology from the University of Leeds, UK, and has been avidly involved with the development and delivery of assisted reproductive technologies since 1992. Lisa joins our program after 22 years as IVF Laboratory Director in Canada, most recently with the Victoria Fertility Centre, British Columbia. She has been a national and international leader in professional development, and education. Lisa was the Allied Health Director for the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society as well as ART Laboratory Special Interest Group Chair. Internationally Lisa held an executive board position with the Alpha Society (Scientists in reproductive medicine).

Lisa is a strong believer in patient education, making great efforts to bring an understanding to the very stressful process of assisted reproduction. Her main focus is on fertility preservation relating to oocyte cryopreservation. Lisa is part of a team working towards providing safe and successful options to women wishing to preserve their fertility. Her research interests include investigating predictors of embryo multinucleation and mechanisms involved with continued development and cell death. Lisa’s vast experience and leadership skills have enabled our laboratory and clinical team to provide optimal services in a positive environment.
Peter Vaccaro BSc., TS (ABB)
Peter Vaccaro BSc., TS (ABB)
Senior Embryologist, Andrology & Embryology Laboratory Supervisor
Peter Vaccaro holds an earned BSc. Biology degree from the University at Buffalo. He is one of the founding Embryologists with our program from early beginnings at Children’s Hospital, and has 21 years of experience in assisted reproductive technologies. Peter has been instrumental in successfully implementing sophisticated laboratory microsurgical services allowing our laboratory to stand out as a Center of Excellence. He currently is the Andrology & Embryology Technical Laboratory Supervisor and is certified through the American Association of BioAnalysts (ABB). He is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and participates in nationally organized educational programming. His main interests include the evaluation of fertility preservation techniques and quality improvement initiatives.
Amy Velez, BSc, MT, ASCP
Amy Velez, BSc, MT, ASCP
Senior Embryologist
Amy Velez has an earned BSc in Medical Technology from the University at Buffalo. She is actively involved with the University of Virginia, Masters of Science Clinical Embryology program, which is world renown as the premier educational program in the United States. Amy joined our laboratory team in 2005. Her current role within our program is as Senior Embryologist. Amy is skilled in all aspects of laboratory assisted reproductive technologies specializing in micromanipulation, blastocyst vitrification, and extended embryo culture techniques to name a few. Amy is also our lead person for education and training of new scientists including mentoring clinical rotation students from the University of Buffalo’s Medical Technology program.

Amy is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and regularly attends national education events. Her main scientific interests include embryo & blastocyst morphologic changes in culture comparing non-invasive selection criteria and informative genetic analysis.
Melissa Morrow, B.S., M.T., ASCP
Melissa Morrow, B.S., M.T., ASCP
Senior Andrologist, Embryologist
Jennifer
Jennifer
Senior Andrologist
BS in Medical Technology (and Biology)
ASCP Certified

 

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