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The Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Laboratories

The Johns Hopkins ART Laboratories, including an andrology lab and an embryology lab, are state-of-the-art facilities with 20 years of history performing a wide range of fertility services including in-vitro fertilization, embryo, sperm and oocyte cryopreservation and semen analysis. Led by veteran Dr. Ping Xia, we utilize the latest advances in Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) to optimize pregnancy rates.

Our Laboratories At A Glance: The Hopkins Difference

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  • We offer a full suite of embryology and andrology fertility services in one, convenient location.
  • Our laboratories are CLIA-certified for high complexity clinical laboratory testing.
  • We prioritize safety and quality. Our ART laboratories have a 24/7 monitoring system that ensures all equipment, including the incubators, refrigerators/freezers and liquid nitrogen tanks, are functioning properly. We also manually check temperatures and liquid nitrogen levels daily for added security.
  • Our expert team is comprised of embryologists and andrologists with 20 years experience in the field. 

Embryology Laboratory Services

We offer a wide-range of fertility services:

  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
  • Testicular sperm injection
  • Cryopreservation of embryos and oocytes and their storage
  • Assisted hatching
  • Embryo biopsy for preimplantation genetic testing
  • Ovarian tissue cryopreservation and storage

Andrology Laboratory Services

In addition to embryology services, we also offer a full range of andrology services. Specifically we provide:

  • Semen analysis
  • Sperm preparation for IVF and ICSI
  • Sperm wash for intrauterine insemination (IUI)
  • Sperm cryopreservation for the IVF patients and cancer patients
  • Cryopreservation of testicular biopsied samples/aspirates

Our Team

Dr Xia

Meet Our Director


Dr. Ping Xia, PhD., is a high-complexity clinical laboratory director (HCLD) and clinical consultant (CC), certified by the American board of Bioanalysis. Dr. Xia not only has extensive experience in all aspects of technologies listed above, but also conducts research on studying oocyte quality and human follicular development. With over 20 years of experience in directing ART laboratories, including the center with annual patient volume of 1200 cycles, she leads a strong team who are dedicated to improving patient’s pregnancy rates. View Dr. Xia's full bio.

Embryologists

  • Kimberly Thrift, B.S.
  • Kathleen Broman, B.S.
  • Sian Simone, B.S., M.S.
  • Desiree Crawford, B.S., M.S.
  • Carolina Petrella, B.S.