Sheryl Homa is a HCPC registered Clinical Scientist with a special interest in male fertility. She obtained her degrees in Biochemistry at Imperial College of Science and Technology and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London. She spent a large part of her career as an academic research scientist in the field of egg maturation, funded by a Lalor Foundation Fellowship and the National Institutes of Health in the USA. For many years she served as Scientific Director of several fertility clinics in both the private and public sectors and was jointly responsible for establishing the Homerton Hospital Fertility Clinic in 1994. During this time, she became aware that male fertility is considerably marginalised and as a result, opened Andrology Solutions in 2007, the first and only HFEA licensed clinic of its kind, dedicated to male infertility. In 2004, Sheryl established an Andrology Department for the UK’s leading diagnostic laboratory, The Doctors Laboratory (TDL), implementing best practice guidelines to meet ISO 15189 and UKAS accreditation. TDL Andrology is now one of the largest dedicated Andrology laboratories in the UK. Sheryl has been responsible for introducing and CE marking novel state of the art testing for male infertility, including a chemiluminescence assay for measuring seminal reactive oxygen species. More recently, she established UKAS accredited Andrology laboratories at Northwick Park Hospital and North Middlesex Hospital, providing the only UKAS accredited Andrology services in the North London area. Sheryl has collaborated on many research projects and is the author of numerous scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters in the fertility field. Her current interests focus primarily on the role of infection and oxidative stress in male infertility. She is Director of Andrology Solutions, consultant clinical lead for Andrology at The Doctors Laboratory, North Middlesex and Northwick Park Hospitals and honorary Senior Lecturer in Biosciences at University of Kent, Canterbury. Sheryl is a founder member of the Association of Clinical Embryologists. She is passionate about raising awareness for male infertility and is recognised as a leading authority in the field, inspiring many graduate students from University of Kent. Her students have presented their results at national meetings and several have received awards for best presentations. Sheryl has been interviewed by the Guardian, Observer, Telegraph, Times, Daily Mail and Men’s Health magazine in the UK and USA for her expert opinion on male infertility, and has appeared on radio and TV programmes. She is also a contributor to Fertility Fest and the Fertility Show in London.
Iris Whiteman graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2010 with a First Class Honours degree in Biology. She studied for her Masters in Reproductive and Developmental Biology from Imperial College London where she developed an interest in male fertility. Iris joined the team at Andrology Solutions in August 2012 and is now working as a full-time Andrologist and Laboratory Manager.
After obtaining a degree in Nutritional Therapy, Mel was the Senior Nutritional Therapist at the Zita West Clinic. In 2011 Mel set up her own practice in Central London specialising in fertility and pregnancy, and has recently joined the team at Andrology Solutions giving her expert advice on nutrition for men. Mel is mid-way through a Master’s degree in Nutritional Medicine, a wholly evidence-based course, and is researching male fertility for her Research Project.
Paddy is a Quality Assurance consultant working within the fields of laboratory medicine and clinical trials. He has over 30 years experience of implementing and maintaining quality systems to regulatory bodies requirements which now include the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Paddy also provides solutions for customers requiring accreditation to quality standards under the auspices of Clinical Pathology Accreditation UK Limited (CPA) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
Nadia Graham graduated from the University of Kent in 2011 with a 2:1 in Forensic Biology. After graduating she then continued into further study at Kent and completed a Masters in Reproductive Medicine. As part of Nadia’s Masters Dissertation she researched the effects of zinc levels on semen parameters. Nadia joined Andrology Solutions shortly after completing her dissertation in August 2013 and is now a full-time Andrologist/Administrator here at Andrology Solutions.
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Anna Vassiliou graduated from the University of Kent in 2015 with a First Class Honours degree in Biology. After graduating she discovered an interest in male infertility. As part of Anna’s dissertation, she worked on the validation of an electrochemical assay to measure oxidative stress levels in semen. Anna joined Andrology Solutions in September 2017 as a full-time Andrologist.
Jacqui Feld originally trained as a Social Worker working in adoption, mental health and childcare. She then qualified as a Counsellor working in oncology and palliative care before joining Professor Lord Robert Winston’s IVF Unit at the Hammersmith Hospital in 1991 where she worked for 18 years as an infertility counsellor. Jacqui established a private practice in 2003. She has lectured and run workshops for the NHS, Voluntary Sector and British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) on issues of loss and bereavement and on the psychological aspects of infertility. Jacqui has published on the subject of the emotional impact of infertility and co-authored a research project at the Royal Free Hospital London, where she worked as a counsellor on a study looking at the efficacy of counselling. For 20 years Jacqui has run and facilitated supervision groups for Hospice doctors and doctors in Palliative Care Units. Since April 2017, she has run a reflective practice group for junior doctors at St Bartholomew’s Hospital London. In addition, Jacqui has mentored counsellors for British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and BICA accreditation.