Meet Dr. Jianming LiEmbryology Specialist in Dallas

An embryology specialist plays a vital role in the journey to pregnancy for women struggling with fertility.

With more than 30 years of experience in embryology, UT Southwestern’s Jianming Li, Ph.D., HCLD, has performed many successful in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles, helping thousands of patients become pregnant.  

For the past two decades, Dr. Li has been an embryologist and an IVF/embryology laboratory director for a number of successful IVF centers. Since joining UT Southwestern’s fertility clinic in 2014, he has continued to enjoy successful IVF outcomes.

IVF consists of three main events. First, it requires personalized ovarian stimulation to produce good quality eggs. Second, eggs are retrieved and combined with sperm in the laboratory to become an embryo. The embryology laboratory, a place where eggs, sperm, and embryos are cultured, is an extremely important part of the IVF process. Third, the embryologist places the embryos in a catheter that will be used by the fertility physician to transfer the embryos into the uterus.

The fertility center at UT Southwestern specializes in patients with diminished ovarian reserve and/or advanced reproductive age who may have failed previous treatments elsewhere. Dr. Li works closely with Orhan Bukulmez, M.D., Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) and Medical Director of the IVF program.

Dr. Li is highly experienced in IVF skills and micromanipulation techniques that ensure good-quality embryos. Additionally, he is an expert in blastocyst stage embryo biopsy for preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening (PGD and PGS) and has a strong pregnancy track record in egg freezing.

His embryology team at UT Southwestern is extremely proficient in conventional IVF, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), egg and embryo freezing with vitrification, laser-assisted trophectoderm blastocyst biopsy for PGD and PGS, and other advanced embryology techniques.

“In order to create a patient-oriented, best-in-class in vitro fertilization laboratory, we perform strict quality control and quality assurance programs,” he says. “We always attempt to develop solutions or steps to make every egg into a potentially viable, good-quality embryo.”