Diane Wright, PhD, HCLD/CC, Off-Site Laboratory Director
As an Ovation® off-site laboratory director, Diane Wright, PhD, HCLD/CC, is responsible for the operation, administration, technical and scientific oversight of the client IVF laboratories under her direction. She advises clients in the employment of personnel who are qualified to perform assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory procedures; provides training and guidance to each laboratory’s team; and records and reports procedural outcomes promptly, accurately and proficiently.
In her exemplary career in reproductive science, Dr. Wright has designed, constructed and managed IVF laboratories in both academic hospital and private practice settings, gaining extensive experience with regulatory agency inspections of IVF facilities.
Prior to joining Ovation as an off-site laboratory director, Dr. Wright was the founding director of Aspire Fertility Laboratories, where she designed and oversaw construction of three private laboratory facilities. She built these lab operations from the ground up, from selecting equipment to implementing lab practices and protocols, hiring all lab staff, performing lab procedures and successfully completing lab inspections and reviews.
Dr. Wright previously served as director of Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center’s laboratories for 15 years, where she helped to double the growth of the IVF facility, designed state-of-the-art IVF and andrology laboratories, trained a tight core of embryologists, and maintained high IVF success rates. As an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, she taught countless medical students, residents and fellows the details of the IVF laboratory. She also served on MGH’s Partners Human Research Committee (IRB), the MGH Tissue Banking Committee, and the Division’s Ethics and Quality Assurance Committees.
Additionally, Dr. Wright spent three of these years serving as an off-site laboratory director for the IVF and andrology/endocrinology laboratories at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, supporting The Infertility and Reproductive Medicine Center.
Dr. Wright earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University in College Station, then went on to earn a Master of Science degree in physiology of reproduction from the same university. She then earned a PhD in biomedical sciences at one of the early outstanding entities for IVF embryology training in the United States, The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, associated with Eastern Virginia Medical School/Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. This was the same program responsible for the first IVF child born in the United States in 1981, and during this time, Dr. Wright was able to train under one of the premier experts in human micromanipulation, Susan E. Lanzendorf, Ph.D.
Dr. Wright’s area of research investigation centers on efforts to improve clinical outcomes in the field of IVF, with special research emphasis on methods to successfully preserve frozen oocytes and embryos. Her research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals, and she serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several fertility-related publications.
Dr. Wright has been a certified High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD) since 2001, and began her career as an embryologist with the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Program at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.