Dr. Conaghan, Ph.D., HCLD | Embryologist

Laboratory Director


Joe Conaghan

Dr. Joe Conaghan has over 20 years experience working in embryology and andrology laboratories. He is internationally recognized for his work on improving embryo culture conditions.

Dr. Conaghan obtained his Ph.D. in Human Embryology at the University of London, under the direction of Dr. Alan Handyside and Dr. Henry Leese. He spent 7 years at Hammersmith Hospital in London, where he trained in embryology. More recently, he spent 5 years as the IVF laboratory director at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and also serves as the laboratory director of Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, CA. He is board certified as a High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD) in the disciplines of Embryology and Andrology.

Dr. Conaghan is a regular faculty member at the American Board of Bioanalysts (ABB) review course. He also sits on the ABB Board of Directors and is the immediate past Chair of the College of Reproductive Biology (CRB). He is a frequent speaker at both the ABB and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) annual meetings and he teaches Reproductive Technology at San Francisco State University where he is a faculty member. He participates as a Reproductive Laboratory Inspector for the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Dr. Conaghan is also a current executive member of the board of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) where he represents laboratory directors. He has been a member of ASRM for 15 years and a member of ESHRE for 14 years.

Dr. Conaghan’s interests are in developing programs for the treatment of severe male factor infertility, diagnosis of genetic disease in embryos, improved embryo culture and improving protocols for oocyte and embryo freezing. Dr. Conaghan resides with his wife and 3 children.