New Staff at BRF

The Foundation is ready for 2022 with these new staff additions.

Dr. David Albertini joins the foundation as Professor of Reproductive Cell Biology. He is a leading Embryologist, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, and visiting scientist at The Rockefeller University and Center for Human Reproduction. Dr. Albertini’s most recent research at the Bedford Research Foundation aims to develop clinically useful stem cells from activated human eggs and understand the mechanisms underlying ovarian and oocyte aging in women.

María Gracia Gervasi joins the Bedford Research Foundation as Assistant Professor of Reproductive Cell Biology. Her scientific career is dedicated to studying the molecular pathways regulating sperm acquisition of fertilization competence. She is pursuing research regarding the parthenogenetic activation of human oocytes to develop human stem cells.

In addition to her research, Maria is passionate about working towards a more inclusive and diverse environment in science. Since 2020, she has organized a series of bi-weekly international seminars online (Reproseminars) specifically designed to bring together the Hispanic/Latin community working in reproductive biology around the globe.

Dr. Lynae Brayboy joins us as Associate Professor of Reproductive Cell Biology. Dr. Brayboy is board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology with a passion for understanding egg biology: “Life begins with an egg, and we don’t know very much about them.” Dr. Brayboy is currently on sabbatical in Germany, pursuing her research into egg mitochondrial function. She graduated from Florida A&M University followed by medical degree from Temple University and residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Women and Infants Hospital was the location for her clinical fellowship in reproductive endocrinology. Dr. Brayboy’s passion for egg research is a welcome addition to our parthenote stem cell derivation program.
Katherine Bertolini, B.S. graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She started at Bedford Research in September 2021 as a PVSA intern. She is excited to expand her role at the Bedford Research Foundation as a lab technician. Originally from York, Maine, Katherine grew up sailing competitively and eventually went on to end her senior year at Boston University as a captain of the BU sailing team. When she is not at the lab, she spends much of her time outside enjoying nature

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