Nagham Younis, Grand Rapids Lab Director, Ovation Fertility
Nagham Younis, MS, is a member of ASA, CFAS, ESHRE, JSFG and MEFS. She has been involved with IVF since 1996. Younis brings her extensive knowledge in the infertility field, along with her research and publishing background, to her position as Ovation Fertility Associate Lab Director at our Grand Rapids location.
An experienced fertility expert who has worked all over the world
After our Grand Rapids Associate Lab Director received her master’s degree in Zoology/Embryology at the University of Jordan in, she began her career in IVF as a senior embryologist. She went on to work in several countries, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Canada, as a senior embryologist and IVF lab director. Nagham also spent time teaching at the University of Jordan, and she still serves as a guest lecturer there, teaching a “Practical Course of IVF Technology.” In Jordan, Younis held the position of General Secretary of the Jordanian Society for Fertility and Genetics from 2016 through 2022 and served as an executive member of the Embryology and Special Interest Group (embryology SIG) of the Middle East Fertility Society (MEFS) from 2018 until the present.
Our Ovation Fertility lab director is a woman who achieved “firsts” in her field
Younis has achieved some impressive “firsts” during her career in infertility. She was the first Canadian to receive “Senior Clinical Embryologist” certification from the European Society for Human Reproduction (ESHRE) in 2013. She also founded Ovatrain Academy, the first IVF training academy in Jordan and the only IVF training center accredited by the Middle East Fertility Society (MEFS) in the Middle East area.
Younis has a variety of professional experience and certifications
From laboratory and teaching experience to research and publishing, Nagham Younis has a vast amount of experience. Younis’ has published her research in several journals and presented at many professional meetings. She is particularly proud of her research into blastocyst culture and transfer, published in Fertility and Sterility, and “The Value of the Modern Embryologist to a Successful IVF System,” published in the Middle East Fertility Society Journal.
Our Grand Rapids Associate Lab Director holds several certifications including a Certificate of Clinical Embryologist from the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, a Certificate of Senior Clinical Embryologist from the European Society for Human Reproduction and a Certificate of Good Clinical Practice, among others.
Pursuing cutting-edge research in pediatric fertility preservation
Nagham Younis will be defending her PhD thesis soon that she worked on at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She is working with one of the premiere researchers in fertility preservation, Dr. Kyle Orwig. Her work focuses on how to preserve male children’s fertility before they begin gonadotoxic therapy. Younis presented her recent PhD research regarding “In Vitro Spermatogensis from Immature Testicular Tissues of Pediatric Patients Cryopreserved before Gonadotoxic Therapy” at the Tri-Repro Symposium on Reproductive Biology and Infertility; the Oncofertility Consortium in 2022 and the Annual Conference of the American Society of Andrology in 2022.
This pediatric research is very important to Younis. She says, “These little boys deserve a chance to preserve their future fertility. The treatment they will be going through is very, very toxic to their fertility and can almost destroy any hope they have of becoming parents in the future.”
Our Ovation Fertility Associate Lab Director brings this passion for helping people become parents to every patient at our Grand Rapids laboratory.