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Catherine Racowsky


Dr. Catherine Racowsky is Director of the ART Laboratory at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Zoology at the University of Oxford, her Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Cambridge, UK and did her post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Racowsky served as Secretary of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) for 11 years and is now Vice President Elect and will serve the society as President in 2019-2020.  She has been a member of several committees including the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology Executive Council, the International Taskforce for Stem Cell Research, government oversight committees including one for the Institute of Medicine, the ASRM Practice Committee and the World Health Organization Task Force for development of guidelines and a glossary for infertility and reproductive medicine.

Dr. Racowsky is a past Associate Editor of Human Reproduction and Fertility & Sterility, and is currently a member of the editorial board of Fertility and Sterility and the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, and was co-chair of the World Health Organization Work Group to write WHO Guidelines for the field of IVF.  Her research interests include investigating the effects of maternal and environmental factors on egg quality, studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying egg maturation in vivo and in vitro, expanding methodologies for assessing human embryo developmental competency, and improving quality control and quality management in the clinical IVF laboratory.  She has authored over 130 peer-reviewed papers on various aspects of mammalian egg and embryo physiology, has published numerous news releases and book chapters, and has co-edited seven books.