Speakers Spotlight

Assisting Professor Theerawat Tharasanit

Assisting Professor Theerawat Tharasanit, D.V.M. PhD. is a lecturer/researcher at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University. He was graduated his PhD degree from Utrecht University in 2005.
He is currently a Director of R&D institution for livestock production, Faculty of Veterinary Science.
His research interests include physiology and pathophysiology of reproduction in equine and domesticates,
biotechnology in animal reproduction, and stem cell technology in animal sciences.
He has a vast experience in in vitro animal production, cell cryobiology and stem cell research.

Dr. Liow Swee Lian

Dr. Liow Swee Lian is the Scientific Director of Virtus Fertility Centre, Virtus Health Singapore,
a member of Virtus Health Australia. He holds a degree in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from
the University of Agriculture, Malaysia, Master of Science (Reproductive Biology) and Doctor of Philosophy
(Reproductive Genetics) from the National University of Singapore. Dr Liow was involved actively in the training
of post-graduate students in Master in Clinical Embryology at the National University of Singapore
and the setting up of 3 IVF centres in Singapore. Dr. Liow has vast research experience and is one of
the pioneers in micromanipulation techniques like Subzonal Insemination (SUZI), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI),
Assisted Hatching and laser micromanipulation techniques. Dr. Liow is also the author and co-author of many
research papers published in peer-review international journals and books. His research interests include
embryology particularly blastocyst culture, male infertility, fertility preservation particularly ovarian tissue
cryopreservation, vitrification of oocytes and embryos, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD),
stem cell biology and wildlife conservation. He has been invited to speak in various scientific congresses
and workshops both locally and internationally.

Kenichiro Hiraoka, PhD

Dr Kenichiro Hiraoka is a qualified senior embryologist by the Japan Society for Ova Research.
He was graduated his Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees from Hiroshima Prefectural University.
Soon after he had been graduated his master degree, he started working as an embryologist in 2000.
He finished his PhD in 2007 in which his PhD subject was focused on vitrification of human blastocysts.
In 2014, he moved to work as a vice-director of ART and chief embryologist at the Kameda Medical center in Chiba, Japan.
He is currently a chief embryologist, at Kameda IVF clinic Makuhari, Chiba, Japan and part-time professor of Tokyo Medical and Dental University.
His research interests include vitrification of human expanded and hatched blastocyst, assisted hatching, and recently, Piezo-ICSI.
This year, he received an award “Honorable Mention for ART Video” from ASRM 2018 for the work “Piezo-ICSI”.

Rachel Chin (Ms) / MSc Clinical Embryology, Singapore

Ms Rachel Chin is an IVF Consultant and Senior Embryologist who has been working in the field of
Assisted Reproductive Technology (A.R.T) since 1999. She obtained her Master Degree in Clinical Embryology from
National University of Singapore in 2001. She has the working experience as an IVF Consultant in many IVF/ART centres
in Asia such as Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Philippines and China.

She and the medical team of Damansara Fertility Center (Now known as TMC Fertility Center) successfully produced
the first frozen-thawed blastocyst transfer pregnancy in Malaysia. In 2004, she joined Victory Group of IVF Laboratories
as Laboratory Manager.Victory Group of IVF Laboratories has a total of five IVF Centers
in Asia Region and Rachel as was in-charged of the center in Malaysia and Philippines.

Due to her expertise, LifeGlobal Group LLC engaged Rachel as Asia Technical Support Manager in 2016 to share her experience
and expertise to all embryologists in Asia Pacific region, in particular on products related to LifeGlobal Group LLC.

Currently she is with CooperSurgical Origio and is extending her technical support on larger portfolio of CooperSurgical Fertility products.

Masahide Shiotani; MD.

Dr. Masahide Shiotani is the co-founder of Hanabusa IVF and owner of several fertility clinics in Japan.
His medical career began not long after graduating from the Shimane University School of Medicine.
He began working at the Kyoto University Hospital Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and soon joined
the IVF team where he began researching infertility, specifically the implantation process of the fertilized egg.

After gaining a wealth of experience in the fertility field, Dr. Shiotani spent six years working
at the Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital. While there, he had success with the first ICSI baby in Hyogo Prefecture.
After working in fertility practices, he opened his original clinic, the Hanabusa Women’s Clinic,in Tarumi.
Over the following decade, he went on to open two more women’s clinics in Sannomiya.
Now, Dr. Shiotani manages three, thriving fertility clinics and helps to run the Hanabusa IVF clinic in San Diego.
His years of experience and research in the field of fertility can now be used to benefit people in both the United States and Japan.

Suha Kilani, PhD

Dr Kilani was graduated MSc in Medicine (Reproductive Health Sciences and Human Genetics)
and PhD (Obstetrics and Gynecology) from University of Sydney and University of New South Wales,
Australia respectively. She is currently a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales
and a laboratory supervisor at the IVF Australia-Eastern suburbs, Sydney.
Her achievement includes i) the first pregnancy in Australia from frozen-thawed oocyte in 2004
ii) qualified technical expert assisting in accrediting IVF units for RTAC from 2008.