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, BS, MT, (ASCP)
Amy Velez, BS, MT, (ASCP)
Embryologist
Amy joined the Buffalo IVF andrology and embryology laboratories in 2005 upon completing an
earned Bachelor’s of science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Buffalo.
Amy is certified through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and is a current
member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
Amy is skilled in all aspects of assisted reproductive laboratory technologies specializing in
micromanipulation, blastocyst and oocyte vitrification and extended culture to name a few. Amy
is 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’s focused
attention includes understanding embryo & blastocyst morphologic changes in culture comparing
non-invasive selection criteria and informative genetic analysis.
Melissa Morrow, BS, MT, (ASCP)
Melissa Morrow, BS, MT, (ASCP)
Andrology/Embryology technical specialist
Melissa has been an important part of the laboratory team at Buffalo IVF since 2010. She holds
an associate’s degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Alfred State College and a
Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from Daemen College. Melissa has been certified
through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and performs technical services in
both our andrology and embryology laboratories.
Melissa’s experience enables our laboratory team to perform at optimal efficiency due to her
planning abilities and attention to laboratory operations and data management. Melissa’s area of
interest is laboratory organization and standardization.
Jennifer Florea BS, MT, (ASCP)
Jennifer Florea BS, MT, (ASCP)
Andrologist
Jennifer joined the Buffalo IVF Andrology laboratory in 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s of
Biology from St. Bonaventure as well as a degree in Medical Technology from the University of
Buffalo. Jennifer has certification through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)
and is our andrologist performing diagnostic semen analyses, as well fertility cryopreservation.
Jennifer is a current member of the American Society of Andrology.
Prior to joining the Buffalo IVF laboratory team, Jennifer was involved in prostate cancer
research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Jennifer’s extensive laboratory education, research
abilities and hands on experience enables Buffalo IVF to offer comprehensive andrology
services.
Jennifer is an important part of our multidisciplinary team providing clinical parameters used to
direct clients in a forward direction towards family building. She is the friendly person you can
reach by phone when scheduling andrology procedures with the ability to provide the necessary
information when coordinating multiple appointments and laboratory services. Her main
interests are oncofertility and mechanisms of testicular failure.
Rachel Ziders, BS
Rachel Ziders, BS
Embryologist Apprentice

 

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