Embryology

Damian Pike

DamianAppointed as Principal Embryologist Damian comes from a family of healthcare professionals and has worked as an Embryologist since Mach 1993 in a number of successful units both in the UK and overseas.

For over 15 years, he has used a sequential media systems, promoting culturing embryos to the Blastocyst stage. Male factor is a major contributory factor of infertility and Damian has been licenced to perform ICSI since 2000.

Damian has been using embryo vitrification as a routine method of embryo cryopreservation since 2006- this has proven very successful, with many births resulting.

Damian`s role is multifaceted and presents numerous new challenges. He has been involved with education seminars, attended not only by undergraduates, healthcare workers but also patients. The objective of the seminars was to improve understanding of assisted reproductive technologies and how they can be used to best help the patients.

He is an active member of the management team and is very proud of the work at The Agora Gynaecology & Fertility Centre and the success rates they achieve.

In February 2003, Damian completed a two-day assessment with the UK`s government regulatory body, the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) and was appointed as a HFEA Scientific Inspector, becoming an active member of the Inspection Team.

In October 2004 he completed his College of American Pathologist Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation Program Inspector Training.

Olga Delikari

Olga-DelikariI joined the Agora team in March 2009 as a senior embryologist.

Being involved for more than a decade in the field of ART, it gave me the chance to obtain a good knowledge and experience on all forms of fertility treatments including IUI, IVF, ICSI and cryopreservation techniques including vitrification.

I graduated from Lancaster University in 2000 with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Biochemistry with Genetics. In 2001, I post-graduated from the MSc course in Human Reproductive

Biology, at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, which was based at Hammersmith Hospital.

I am an HCPC registered clinical scientist, member of ACE, ALPHA, ESHRE and PEKE societies and I am participating in ACE CPD and UKNEQAS scheme in order to keep abreast of the latest development in embryology field.

I love travelling, gardening, playing music and I like literature, poetry, theatre and cinema.