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 FDA and 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 A. 2012 Potential for Empowering and Broadening the Application of the SART Embryo Grading System. The Journal of Clinical Embryology, 15(3): 54-66.
- Hossain A, Havemann D, Castle D and Phelps J. 2012 Clinical scenarios of quadruplet pregnancy by transfer of two blastocysts – a case report. Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2(1): 73-75
- Hossain A, Osuampke C and Phelps J. 2010 Spontaneously developed tail swelling (SDTS) influences the accuracy of the hypo-osmotic swelling test (HOS-test) in determining membrane integrity and viability of human spermatozoa. Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, 27(2): 83-85.
- Hossain A, Subhash A, Osuamkpe C and Phelps J. 2010 Human sperm bioassay for reprotoxicity testing in embryo culture media: some practical consideration in reducing the assay time. Advances in Urology, xx:xx-xx
- Hossain A, Osuamkpe C, Hossain S, Phelps J. 2010 Shelf life of embryo culture media: buffering capacity is not the determining factor. Middle East Fertility Society Journal 15: 179-182.
- 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, 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.
Debbie Castle, RNC, BSN has more than 25 years of experiences of taking care of infertility patient. Ms Castle has similar experiences of ovulation induction in infertile females. Patient care is the number one priority for Debbie. She is an asset for the University Fertility Center.