Meet Our Embryologist
Amjad Hossain, Ph.D., HCLD, is an associate professor of reproductive biology in the UTMB Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Hossain is a renowned clinical embryologist and director of the assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory at UTMB's University Fertility Center. He received a master's degree from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and Ph.D. degree from Kent State University.
He received practical training in in vitro fertilization (IVF) related technologies at the Medical College of Georgia, Emory Center for Human Reproduction, Emory University, in Atlanta; Atlanta Reproductive Biology Associates; Harley Medical Center in Michigan; Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis; and Reproductive Medicine Associates in New Jersey. Dr. Hossain is certified to perform high complexity IVF related procedures by the American Board of Bioanalysts (ABB), and is a certified American College of Pathologists (CAP) inspector of IVF/ ART laboratories. He holds active membership in the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, American Society of Andrology, and American Association of Bioanalysts. The IVF laboratory at the University Fertility Center, under Dr. Hossain's supervision, is CLIA certified, and also CAP accredited. Under his direction, UTMB's IVF laboratory maintains its competitive edge and provides state-of-the-art care to fertility patients throughout southeast Texas.
Prior to his service at UTMB, Dr. Hossain held numerous prestigious positions, including andrologist at Talmadge Hospital, Medical College of Georgia; associate professor and director of ART laboratory at the University of South Alabama; associate professor and director of IVF laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and director of the ART laboratory at the Midwest Fertility Center, in Chicago. During his academic tenure at these institutions, Dr. Hossain has published numerous scholarly articles on human reproduction, and is a recipient of several prestigious awards. He is recognized locally and internationally for his contributions in the field.
Currently, Dr. Hossain is involved with male infertility research at UTMB. In his laboratory, opportunities are available for students, residents and fellows who are interested in short research projects in the field of assisted reproductive technology. His research at UTMB focuses in vitro maturation (IVM) of human gametes (sperm and oocytes); role of male gamete in fertilization and embryo quality; sperm DNA fragmentation and sperm DNA chromatin evaluation; assays for determining the fertility potential of sperm; sperm bioassay; management of testicular biopsies; fertility preservation by cryopreservation technology.
Some of his UTMB based research publications are listed below.
- Hossain MA, Osuampke CO and Nagamani M. Extended culture of human spermatozoa in the laboratory may have practical value in the assisted reproductive procedures. Fertil and Steril, 2008 January
- Hossain MA, Osuampke CO and Nagamani M. Sole use of sucrose in human sperm cryopreservation. Arch Androl, 53: 1-5 2007.
- Hossain MA, Islam N, Aryal S, Madanes A. The prevalence of circulating anti sperm antibody (ASA) in infertile population representing of all etiologies. Middle East Fertility Society Journal, vol. 11(3): 23-25 2007.
- Hossain MA, Oliveres R, Caruso, A and Madanes, A. Cryo Micro Technique for the Optimum Freeze-Thaw Outcome from the Severely Oligozoospermic Semen Samples. The Embryologist, 4-6 pages, Dec., 2002.
- Hossain MA, S Barik and P Kulkerni. Lack of morphological differences between human X and Y spermatozoa and their precursor cells (spermatids) exposed to different prehybridization treatments. Journal of Andrology, vol. 22(1): 51-57 2001.
- Hossain MA, S Barik, B. Rizk, P. Kulkarni and IH Thorneycroft. Analysis of In Vitro Migration Patterns of Human Spermatozoa by a petri dish-based horizontal column. Biol Reprod., 61:406-410, 1999.
- Hossain MA, R Selukar and S Barik. Demonstration of differential Impact of common laboratory treatments on hypo-osmotic swelling (HOS) responses of human spermatozoa. J Assist Reprod Genet, 16(1): 30-34, 1999.
Collin O. Osuamkpe M.S., TS., ELD obtained his Masters of Science degree in Biology at The University of Louisville, in Kentucky. After working for 7 years at the University of Louisville's Reproductive Endocrinology Laboratory, he joined the Assisted Reproductive Technologies team at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), now known as The University Fertility Center.
He has over 20 years of experience and significant expertise in Andrology and Embryology Laboratory techniques. Assisted Reproductive Technologies (IVF) is a fast changing field and so he continues to work hard to avail himself of and implement the latest techniques that would help improve “our patients' rate of “live birth” because, he believes that the “biggest room in the world is room for improvement”. (What I like most about my job is that I am not dealing with life and death issues rather, I am working with a wonderful team that “brings things to life”).
He is actively involved in research and has co-authored several publications. He is an active member of many scientific organizations including the ASRM, CRB, RBPG, AAB, and RLTPG.
He is certified by The American Board of Bioanalyst (ABB) as a Technical Supervisor (TS) in Andrology and Embryology, and as an Embryology Laboratory Director (ELD).
Debbie Castle, RNC, BSN