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Advanced Learning in Assisted Reproductive Technologies


As the use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) continues to increase across the globe, so too does the need for skilled workforce with expertise in reproductive science and medicine. The MS-RSM program at Northwestern University provides students with the ability to pursue advanced coursework in areas such as embryology and andrology and offers hands-on laboratory training in assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and gamete cryopreservation. 

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Students can apply to receive additional training through a dedicated Embryology concentration directed by Dr. Mary Ellen Pavone, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) and Medical Director of In Vitro Fertilization at Northwestern Medicine. Current or prospective  students who are interested in this concentration should contact for more information. 

Associated Courses
REPR_SCI 415*: Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility Management- Spring, every year, ABC grading, 1 unit

This is a lecture and laboratory course that exposes students to assisted reproductive technologies (ART), embryology, and andrology. Course topics include gamete and embryo biology, assisted reproductive techniques and associated technologies, ethics, and an introduction to fertility clinic operation. Acquired techniques include sperm analysis, sperm processing for ART, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), time-lapse morphokinetics, embryo biopsy, genetic screening gamete cryopreservation and thawing. A basic understanding of cell and molecular biology is a prerequisite for this course in addition to prior completion of REPR_SCI 405 and REPR_SCI 407. Students who have not completed REPR_SCI 405 and REPR_SCI 407 should contact the Center for Reproductive Science,, for permission to enroll.

REPR_SCI 440: Reproductive Technologies Laboratory- Fall, ABC grading, 1 unit (Thesis Track)

This is an intensive laboratory-based course designed to provide students with exposure to a range of topics and associated technologies used in reproductive science and medicine. All of the experiments in this course will use the mouse model system to allow results to be obtained under the time constraints of an academic quarter. Modules will cover topics including gonad architecture, gametogenesis, meiosis, fertilization, preimplantation embryo development, and reproductive signaling. Techniques that will be acquired include, but are not limited to, collection and micromanipulation of reproductive tissues and cells, immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry, biomaterial-based culture methods, microinjection, in vitro fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, live cell imaging, and advanced microscopy. In addition, students will learn firsthand how to conduct experiments using the principles of the scientific method and how to communicate their results via visual, oral, and written approaches. Enrolled students should take REPR_SCI 405, REPR_SCI 407, and REPR_SCI 425 concurrently with REPR_SCI 440 or should have previously completed these courses as pre-requisites.


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