Historically, testing embryos for chromosome abnormalities (also known as aneuploidy) has required a biopsy from the embryo. Over the years, scientists have researched methods of testing embryos using non-invasive methods. During this talk, we will discuss a test developed by Igenomix that allows analysis of DNA within the culture media that surrounds the embryo. This test is known as Embryonic Analysis of the Culture Environment (EMBRACE) and the goal is to determine the chromosome content of an embryo prior to transfer, without the need for a biopsy.
Paulina Nassab is a board-certified genetic counselor specializing in reproductive genetic counseling and preimplantation genetic testing. She completed her graduate training in genetic counseling at California State University – Stanislaus and initially began her career as a prenatal genetic counselor at an academic medical center. Paulina has since been practicing in the field of assisted reproductive technology and is currently the senior genetic counseling manager at Igenomix, where she provides support and education to patients and clinicians on the rapidly evolving field of reproductive genetics. She is a past co-chair of the Assisted Reproductive Technology and Infertility Special Interest Group of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and is a member of the Genetic Counseling Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In addition to clinical responsibilities, Paulina is passionate about education and mentorship, and has served as a supervisor and lecturer for genetic counseling students.