||Elena Fernandez Marcos
||Embryologist/ Lab Technician
|I am a hardworking and dedicated scientist, with a strong interest in fertility and reproduction. I am not only passionate about the technical aspects of working within the laboratory but, also, the human element of providing a compassionate service through my work.|
I am hard-working and dedicated scientist who is eager to excel in my future career in embryology. I have long held a passion for reproductive work leading me to pursue a masters applied to assisted human reproduction having completed my bachelor’s degree. What draws me to this field is the combination of my interest in laboratory work with the special aspect of helping women and families who wish to conceive.
I believe I am well suited to this as a career through my kind nature and empathetic approach. It is important for the patient to feel safe and comfortable in this environment and I take pride in my ability to build a warm rapport. I am a trustworthy individual who is able to cope well under pressure and work well within a team. Within the laboratory I have developed my skills with relation to fertility treatment particularly at my time spent at the IVI clinic, Bilbao.
I take pride in my work and I am quick to learn which I feel would make me a valuable addition to the team.
Internship at IVI Bilbao (IVF and andrology laboratories) April 2018 - July 2018
- Developed skills in compiling sperm analysis- including measuring sperm concentration using a Makler chamber and assessing sperm morphology, motility and vitality.
- Exposure to different sperm preparation techniques (including density gradient centrifugation and swim up methods) and washing procedures for IVF, ICSI and artificial insemination.
- Experience with sperm cryopreservation.
- Support the embryology team to prepare culture dishes and laboratory paperwork.
- Familiar with the sperm donor matching process.
During a 10-week placement based in the IVF laboratory in IVI Bilbao, I had the opportunity of practicing the following procedures using unviable oocytes or embryos:
- Egg retrievals in follicular liquid and separation of granulosa cells from oocytes.
- Denuding of oocytes using chemical and mechanical methods.
- Cryopreservation and thawing of embryos and blastocysts using Kitozato Kits.
- Identification and assessment of fertilization and embryo development (evaluation in days 3, 5 and 6) using Geri and Embryoscope time-lapse technologies.
- Management of with incubators organization and experience with preparing culture/denudation/ICSI dishes.
In addition, I had the opportunity of observing and assisting ICSI/IVF procedures, assisted hatching of day 3 embryos, blastocyst biopsies (evaluating and selecting suitable blastocysts for biopsy alongside my tutor) and tubing procedures.
Nanny August 2017- March 2018
- I looked after 2 children, aged 7 years and 15 months on a full-time basis. I was responsible for their welfare and organisation, as well as acting as a bridge between the parents and their teachers and doctors.Team leader in “Este veranoJuVe” summer camp July-August 2010-2017
- As a Team leader of a group of 6, I oversaw the organization of the daily routines and activities for a group of 60 children attending the camp.
Au pair 2015-2016
Shepherd’s Bush, UK.
- The role consisted of being a second pair of hands for the family, looking after 2 children aged 4 and 2 years old on a part-time basis.
Work experience at IDIVAL July - August 2014
Department of Immunology, University of Cantabria, Cantabria.
As part of the university degree, I carried out practices in IDIVAL in the Immunipathology laboratory of the Universiti of Cantabria, under the supervision of Dr. J. Merino Perez.
- I worked on research projects involving immunization experiments, immunochemistry, flow cytometry and anatomopathological studies.
- The project was carried out using mice experimental models with inflammatory disease.
Masters in Biology and Technology applied to assisted human reproduction 2017-2018
European University of Madrid/ IVI RMA Global, Spain
BSc Biotechnology, 2:1 2011-2015
University of Leon, Spain
Ria de Carmen High School 2011-2015
Royal Academy of Dance Certificate Grade 4 2001-2007
Gloria Rueda Dance Academy (Cantabria, Spain)
|Interests and Hobbies:
My hobbies include running, hiking, photography and dance.
Ovarian rejuvenation therapy (Literature review) 2018
European University of Madrid/ IVI RMA Global, Spain
This project was undertaken, under the supervision of Dr D Agudo Garcillán, with the aim of reviewing current investigation and treatment options for infertility due to ovarian failure.
The review concluded that of the three main treatment options, there is no clear evidence base to support any one option and further clinical trials are needed in this area.
Adsorption study of drugs in sewage water (Final degree project) 2014-2015
Department of Chemistry and Applied Physics, University of Leon.
This project was undertaken under the supervision of Dr M. Otero Cabero and Dr. LF Calvo Prieto; with the aim of determining the effectiveness of the use of activated carbon in the elimination of drugs in sewage.
- As a result of the study I proved the effectiveness of activated charcoal in the elimination of diclofenac and acetylsalicylic acid in ultrapure water and water from the effluent of the local sewage treatment plant- suggesting a possible application as a tertiary treatment in sewage treatment plants.