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Alexandra de Oliveira

Full Name: Alexandra de Oliveira
Position Sought: Senior Embryologist
Primary Language: English
Address: Sunbury-on-Thames
United Kingdom
TW16 7SE
Telephone: 07786807089
E-mail: Contact Alexandra
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Date of birth :                        27 June 1989

Maiden name:                      Reznichenko

Mobile number:                    +44 7786 807089

E-mail address :                   

Languages:                           English (fluent); Russian (fluent); Afrikaans (very good)

Computer skills:                     Full command of Microsoft Office Suite (Windows and Mac)

Nationality / Passports:          South African and Russian; Spouse of EU citizen

Driver’s license:                     Yes

HPCSA Registration no:        MS 0001643 (Medical Biological Scientist in Reproductive Biology)

NI Number:                           SP529280A






MSc in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine

University College London (UCL), London, UK

September 2012 – September 2013


BHSc Hons in Molecular Medicine

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

February 2011 – December 2011



BSc Molecular and Cell Biology

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

January 2008 – December 2010




January 2011 – December 2011



April 2015 – July 2020

Senior Embryologist and Preimplantation Genetics Consultant

IVF Laboratory, Medfem Fertility Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Registered medical scientist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
  • Departmental administrative duties (email and telephonic patient embryo updates; databases; patient consents; patient file records; monthly and annual patient data statistics for South African national registry SARA and African registry ANARA)
  • Patient consultations for preimplantation genetic testing – PGS (screening), PGD (diagnosis)
  • Operating all laboratory procedures on the RI Witness™ System (ART management and witness system)
  • Attending Special Interest Group for Embryology meetings (Continued Professional Development)
  • All andrology and embryology laboratory procedures including:
  • Blastocyst biopsy
  • Processing of TESA and TESE samples
  • ICSI (Narishige and RI)
  • Oocyte and embryo vitrification and warming
  • Laser manipulation (zona thinning; assisted hatching; blastocyst collapse)
  • Sperm freezing and thawing


January 2014 – March 2015

Embryologist (Medical Biological Scientist in Reproductive Biology)

Reproductive Biology Laboratory, Steve Biko Academic Hospital (SBAH), Pretoria, South Africa


March 2013 – December 2013

Sales representative and then Keyholder

Skagen, Westfield White City, London, UK and Watchstation, Westfield Stratford City, London, UK


November 2012 – January 2013

Christmas temporary sales represetative

Fossil, Westfield Stratford City, London, UK



October 2012 – February 2013

Observation days and clinical work experience during MSc: IVF and Fetal Medicine Units

Various hospitals and clinics in London, UK


February 2012 – September 2012

Lead Sales Representative: Life Sciences equipment

Vacutec, Johannesburg, South Africa


November 2009 – December 2009

Personal assistant and English-Russian translator at a tourism agency

Okno Tours, Johannesburg, South Africa





Have presented at and attended various South African and international conferences





Reznichenko A, Huyser C and Pepper MS, 2015 "Mitochondrial transfer: Ethical, legal and social implications in assisted reproduction." South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 8:32–35. (doi: 10.7196/sajbl.8002)


Reznichenko A, Huyser C and Pepper MS, 2016 “Mitochondrial Transfer: Implications For Assisted Reproductive Technologies” Applied & Translational Genomics 11:40-47. (doi: 10.1016/j.atg.2016.10.001)





Name:                            Mrs Esmari van der Merwe

Relationship:                  Senior Embryologist at Medfem Fertility Clinic IVF Lab (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Telephone Number:                   +27 72 446 4267



Name:                            Prof Joyce Harper

Relationship:                  MSc Course Director (University College London, London, United Kingdom)

Telephone Number:       +44 78 8079 5791



Name:                            Prof Michael Pepper

Relationship:                  Collaborator/Mentor during embryology internship (University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa)

Telephone Number:                   +27 12 319 2179 (Secretary)






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Do not require visa to work 


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