Erica Behnke, PhD

Erica Behnke, PhD

Andrology Lab Director, Erica Behnke PhD

Erica Behnke PhD has an advanced degree from the University of Minnesota. For this degree, she focused her research on IVF and sperm capacitation and oocyte maturation. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in Animal Physiology from the University of Minnesota.

She directed the Reproductive Studies Laboratory at Bethesda Hospital. She also started and directed the IVF laboratory there. She moved to The Christ Hospital in 1992 to develop and manage The Center for Reproductive Studies.

She then designed and managed the ART laboratories at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Rookwood, serving as the laboratory director until 2006. Erica Behnke PhD returned to what is now Ovation Fertility Cincinnati after directing the Kettering Reproductive Medicine Laboratory until April 2011. She has also served as the off-site director for several other laboratories in West Virginia, Florida and Ohio.

The numerous contributions of Erica Behnke PhD

Board certified as a High-Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director by the American Board of Bioanalysis, with subspecialty proficiency in andrology and embryology, Erica Behnke PhD has presented roundtable sessions and postgraduate courses. She serves on the Executive Council of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).

A laboratory inspector since 1994, she was appointed as the Commissioner for the Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation Program for the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Erica Behnke PhD is also a member of the CAP Reproductive Medicine Resource Committee.

Her other professional memberships include the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), the American Association of Bioanalysts (ABB) and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.

Erica Behnke PhD has extensive experience, which ensures that hopeful parents have the best possible chance of taking home a healthy baby.

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