Embryologist of the Month of June 2015

American College of Embryology recognizes excellence in the practice of Embryology of the following practitioner

Fernando Rodriguez, PhD, TS (ABB)


       Fernando Rodriguez


Dr. Rodriguez received his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the College of Agriculture Hermanos Escobar, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, in 1978. In 1984, he obtained his MS degree from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX., and his Ph.D. from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM in 1988. Both graduate degrees in Animal Science, majoring in Reproductive Physiology.



From 1989 to 1992, he trained as a postdoctoral fellow with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS) at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, concentrating his training and research work on the study of the physiological mechanisms that limit fertilization of sheep gametes and embryos In Vivo and in Vitro.
Dr. Rodriguez became the Laboratory and Scientific Director of Chapel Hill Fertility Center in Chapel Hill, NC from 1992 to 2002. He was appointed by Governor James Hunt to serve (1998-2001) as a member of the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), and reappointed on December 2001, by Governor Michael F. Easley.

In 2003, he moved to Puerto Rico (PR) and served as Professor and Director of the Department of Physiology and Pathology, acted as the Research Coordinator, and chaired the IRB Committee of the School of Medicine San Juan Bautista, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, until 2006.

Since 2007, Dr. Rodriguez serves as Director of the Andrology and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) laboratories of GENES fertility institute. He also holds an Assistant Professorship in the Division of Professional Studies of the University of Puerto Rico, offering lectures in Physiology and Anatomy of the human reproductive system and sexuality.

Dr. Rodriguez’s professional background spans over 20 years’ experience in lecturing, and in short and long term consulting assignments in educational and private projects in USA, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Barbados (USDA-AID), Trinidad & Tobago, and Puerto Rico. He is board certified through the American Board of Bioanalysis as T.S. in Andrology since 1993, and member of the College of Reproductive Biology (CRB-AAB), American College of Embryology (EMBCOL), American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), American Society of Andrology (ASA), and the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR).