Clinical Support

Sophie Bird BSc (Hons) M. Med. Sci (Merit)
Lab Manager

Sophie Bird joins us here at The Fertility & Gynaecology Academy in 2018 as Lab Manager. She brings with her a wealth of experience, extensive biopsy expertise and a passion for excellence.

Sophie obtained her degree, BSc. Hons, in Fertility and Embryo Development at UCL before gaining her Masters degree in Assisted Reproduction Technology. She is recognised by the Health and Care Professionals Council as a State Registered Clinical Embryologist.

Sophie began her career in embryology in 2008 at The Bridge Centre before working at Guy’s Assisted Conception Unit as a Senior Embryologist under Virginia Bolton.

Sophie also has experience working as a secondment embryologist. She is both ICSI and Embryo Biopsy trained. Her interests include genetic testing and monozygotic twinning in IVF.


Carol Porta

Carol Porta Bsc, Msc
Embryologist

Carol Porta is our embryologist here at The Fertility and Gynaecology Academy. She is dedicated to ensuring the best outcomes for all of our patients and her positive attitude translates well with the team and our patients.

Having gained a Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences (2009) and a Master’s degree in applied experimental biology (2011) University of Pavia (Italy).

She attended Master of Science in human reproductive medicine and in vitro fertilization techniques (2015) University of Turin (Italy).

Carol went on to complete her vocational training (2012-2015) in two different important hospitals in Milan, Italy. During this time, she accumulated expert knowledge of IVF techniques and she attended different course and visited different laboratories in Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

Carol was an embryologist in a team in the Clinica La Madonnina Milan (2015-2017).

Carol strives continually to extend her knowledge base. Her interest in staying ahead of technological advances means that our patients benefit from the very latest treatments and techniques.

Clinical Support

Sophie Bird BSc (Hons) M.Med.Sci (Merit)
Lab Manager

Sophie Bird joins us here at The Fertility & Gynaecology Academy in 2018 as Lab Manager. She brings with her a wealth of experience, extensive biopsy expertise and a passion for excellence.

Sophie obtained her degree, BSc. Hons, in Fertility and Embryo Development at UCL before gaining her Masters degree in Assisted Reproduction Technology. She is recognised by the Health and Care Professionals Council as a State Registered Clinical Embryologist.

Sophie began her career in embryology in 2008 at The Bridge Centre before working at Guy’s Assisted Conception Unit as a Senior Embryologist under Virginia Bolton.

Sophie also has experience working as a secondment embryologist. She is both ICSI and Embryo Biopsy trained. Her interests include genetic testing and monozygotic twinning in IVF.


Carol Porta Bsc, Msc
Embryologist

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Carol Porta is our embryologist here at The Fertility and Gynaecology Academy. She is dedicated to ensuring the best outcomes for all of our patients and her positive attitude translates well with the team and our patients.

Having gained a Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences (2009) and a Master’s degree in applied experimental biology (2011) University of Pavia (Italy).

She attended Master of Science in human reproductive medicine and in vitro fertilization techniques (2015) University of Turin (Italy).

Carol went on to complete her vocational training (2012-2015) in two different important hospitals in Milan, Italy. During this time, she accumulated expert knowledge of IVF techniques and she attended different course and visited different laboratories in Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

Carol was an embryologist in a team in the Clinica La Madonnina Milan (2015-2017).

Carol strives continually to extend her knowledge base. Her interest in staying ahead of technological advances means that our patients benefit from the very latest treatments and techniques.