George Koustas – Scientific Director PhD, M Med Sc, BSc (hons)
George joined the Agora Laboratory team in August 2017 as the Scientific Director. He has passion for delivering an excellent laboratory service within the context of our individualised, patient-focused treatment programs of care, which are central to the Agora’s philosophy. He works very closely with both the Medical Director and Clinic Manager to ensure success is achieved in even the most challenging cases. He also recognises the importance of facilitating good communication between patients and our laboratory staff. He leads and mentors a team of experienced Clinical Embryologists and has an excellent track record in embryology research. George’s training in Clinical Embryology has been both in the UK and Sydney. Following his BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Liverpool John Moores University he was awarded a Masters in Assisted Reproductive Technology at the University of Nottingham. He went on to complete a PhD in Embryology whilst working as a Clinical Embryologist at the University of Nottingham and subsequently at the Westmead Fertility Centre at the University of Sydney. He most recent appointment before joining the Agora was as the Scientific Director of Cryos International where he directed six andrology Labs across Denmark, Spain and the USA. His research interests include preimplantation embryo susceptibility to in vitro laboratory stress and ART and epigenetics and his research has been presented at National and International conferences.
Victoria Gallego, Senior Clinical Embryologist, PhD, MSc, BSc
Victoria joined the Agora on a permanent basis in September 2013 having previously covered a period of maternity leave. She was impressed with our success rates and high standards of patient care at the Agora and is committed to continue to follow our philosophy. Victoria studied biology at the University of Extremadura (Spain) in 1998 and has always been interested in research and challenging projects, specifically developmental biology and embryo development. This led her to complete her PhD investigating the neural induction mediated by growth factors in animal embryos in 2004. During this time, she was offered an assistant lecturers post as Professor of Anatomy and Physiology, which she held for four years. She continued to develop her Postdoctoral work doing research at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in Portugal before specialising her skills with a Master Degree in Human Reproduction. Prior to her employment at the Agora she was working as an embryologist at the Instituto Extremeño de Reproducción Asistida (IERA) in Spain where she became the Quality Lab Manager.