Jean Scott, Laboratory Manager – Scientific Director, Fertility Solutions Sunshine Coast
Jean has been working in the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) industry since 2001, with experience in two of the largest and reputable IVF units within Australia.
She completed her Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Genetics at the University of New South Wales prior to starting in the Biochemistry and Andrology department at North Shore Fertility, which later became IVFAustralia. After three years Jean progressed to the role of embryologist, however was interested in gaining a theoretical knowledge and therefore completed her Masters of Science in Medicine (Reproductive Health and Human Genetics) part-time through the University of Sydney, whilst still working as an embryologist.
In 2005, she presented her findings from her treatise, “Sex Ratios following Blastocyst Culture”, at the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) conference in Christchurch NZ, where she was awarded Best Scientific Paper by a recent graduate. In 2006, Jean represented the Fertility Society of Australia at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) conference in Prague, CZ. At this time she was promoted to Laboratory Supervisor at IVFAustralia’s Central Coast clinic.
In January 2009, Jean started as a Senior Scientist with Genea. Here she gained more valuable experience within a much larger laboratory. Due to her continued desire to educate patients and staff, she soon progressed to the role of Training Manager – Embryology. Within this role Jean was responsible for training new staff and maintaining relevant training documentation.
In mid-2012, looking for a lifestyle change and to return to a smaller clinic with a high degree of patient contact, Jean and her husband relocated to the Sunshine Coast and joined Fertility Solutions as Laboratory Manager –Scientific Director. Jean enjoys the challenges that IVF presents, with each patients history and journey requiring a personalised approach of treatment.
Alicia, Senior Scientist
Alicia joined our team in 2012 with over 12 years of experience as an embryologist. After completing an Honour’s Degree in Biotechnology at the Flinders University of South Australia, Alicia began her embryology career in 1998 with Repromed as a trainee in their Darwin clinic. Once completing her training Alicia continued to gain invaluable experience progressing though to the senior scientist role in Darwin. In 2009 Alicia decided it was time to make a move to the east coast and she jumped at the opportunity to be involved with the establishment of a new laboratory in Brisbane’s Southside, joining the team at City Fertility Centre’s Sunnybank clinic as laboratory manager.
After 3 years in Brisbane, Alicia was lured to the gorgeous beaches and wonderful lifestyle offered by the Sunshine Coast and was thrilled to join the team at Fertility Solutions Sunshine Coast as a senior scientist. Alicia has loved being part of the highly dedicated team at Fertility Solutions as it has grown from strength to strength, and is delighted to be relocating to Fertility Solutions Bundaberg in July 2016 in order to offer a full laboratory service to those couples in and around the Wide Bay Burnett area.
Jess – Scientist
Jessica joined our team in 2013 after graduating from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Biotechnology and Microbiology.
Jessica is a self-confessed science nerd and is always interested in learning about new research, products and techniques.
Jessica finds her job as an IVF scientist very dynamic and likes that every single day in the laboratory is different. She finds that being an IVF scientist is extremely rewarding and always strives to go over and above to ensure that patients feel supported and help them understand the scientific aspects of the IVF process.
Lauren, Trainee Scientist
Lauren feels incredibly lucky to have found a rewarding career and is excited to be joining the wonderful team at Fertility Solutions. After graduating a Bachelors of Biomedical Science in 2012, Lauren spent a year on a working holiday throughout Europe and was then eager to further her education specializing in reproductive technologies and treatments.
In 2014 she graduated from Monash University in Melbourne, with a Graduate Diploma of Reproductive Sciences and will be completing a Masters of Clinical Embryology in October (2015). During her Graduate Diploma, Lauren underwent a minor research project investigating the actions of antioxidants in protecting against sperm DNA damage and is presenting her findings at the 2015 Fertility Society of Australia Conference in Canberra.
After spending two years in Melbourne expanding her knowledge, Lauren has relocated to the Sunshine Coast and is happy to be back in the surf and sun, following her passion for embryology and helping patients fulfill their dreams of having a child.