Joyce is a Professor in Human Genetics and Embryology at University College London, where she is Education Lead for the Institute for Women's Health, Faculty Graduate Tutor and Chair of the School of Life and Medical Sciences Education Domain (joyceharper.com). She started work as a clinical embryologist after completing her PhD in 1987.
In 1992 she started work on PGD at the Hammersmith Hospital. As part of UCL Centre for PGD (ucl.ac.uk/PGD), Joyce ran her first PGD workshop as a joint venture with the Hammersmith Hospital in 1996 as she felt it was important to give hands on training in these highly specialized techniques. Also in 1996 Joyce established the famous MSc in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine and added to this another MSc in Reproductive Science and Women's Health in 2009 (www.instituteforwomenshealth.ucl.ac.uk/education/masters). Over the years she has trained hundreds of people in embryology and PGD. She has run workshops in many countries, including South Africa, Australia and India. She has published over 130 scientific papers, written two text books and is very actively involved in many aspects of ESHRE and the HFEA. She co-established the ESHRE PGD Consortium and has been involved with many education activities in ESHRE including helping establish the clinical embryology exams and running workshops and pre congress courses.
Alpesh is a consultant Clinical Embryologist and a co-founder at IVF London. He is also a co-founder and director of the Embryology and PGD Academy. Alpesh previously worked at the CRGH in the leading capacity as a Director of Embryology for 19 years and was pivotal in optimising the success rates. He was also an honorary consultant at the Reproductive Medicine Unit at UCLH NHS Trust. He holds a postgraduate degree in Human Reproductive Medicine and has qualified from the prestigious Imperial College school of Medicine.
Alpesh is a Diplomate of the Royal college of Pathologists and also a Eshre certified Senior Embryologist. He has been an executive committee member of several International embryology societies and holds a very active interest in promoting education platforms through these professional bodies. He was among the first scientists to bring the egg freezing technology of ‘Vitrification’ to the UK in 2007. He is a world renowned expert in the biopsy of human embryos for genetic testing.
Alpesh has authored several papers in high impact journals and written several book chapters in addition to being a lecturer at University College London where he teaches embryology on two of the Masters courses. He has been an invited speaker in many International conferences and workshops as well as several Health chat shows on television including Zee TV and ITV’s This morning. Alpesh has a special interest in Fertility preservation, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and genome editing of embryos.