FIRAS ALBUZ, MSc, PhD
Fertilisation & Embryology Lab Director
Dr Firas Albuz is the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Laboratories Director at the Al Ain Fertility Center (AAFC). Dr Albuz is an expert in Clinical Embryology, from his educational stages to his professional career to date, having performed research and managed IVF laboratories in Jordan, Germany and Australia.
Dr Albuz obtained his BSc in Applied Biological Science, specialising in Molecular Biology and Genetics, from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1999. He later obtained his MSc in Clinical Embryology from the University of Leeds in 2007. Following, Dr Albuz joined the Robinson Institute at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he worked on novel treatments of infertility. His work on the In-Vitro Maturation (IVM) of oocytes, sponsored by the Cook Medical company, awarded him his PhD in Reproductive Medicine in 2010. The IVM procedure and media suite from his PhD research have been patented and published in high impact factor journals.
After obtaining his PhD, Dr Albuz joined the well renowned Center of Reproductive Medicine, UZ Brussels, in Belgium, as a post-doctoral fellow for two years. There, he continued his research and established a clinical program for oocyte IVM. In 2011, Dr Albuz moved back to the Middle East to take up a leading position as the director of the first and largest IVF center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which involved managing four IVF laboratories.
Dr Albuz is an innovative researcher who also has experience in intellectual property protection and commercialization. He has published and co-authored several papers in peer-reviewed journals in the field of assisted reproductive medicine gaining a growing international reputation. His work has been recognized with multiple nominations and prizes, as he regularly participates at local and international conferences.
Linda Kheira Rabiaa Bouhafs
Rawan Hamad Almekosh
“A healthy baby is what we need”
Rawan AlMekosh is a specialised technologist in the Andrology Laboratory of Al Ain Fertility Center. She has a broad lab experience since 2009.
Ms AlMekosh obtained an MSc in Clinical Biochemistry from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2009. Before that, she studied Medical Laboratory Technology in the University of Sharjah, in UAE, graduating with a BSc Honors degree in 2007.
Soon after completion of her studies, Ms AlMekosh worked in the Biochemistry Department, within the AlKatranji Medical Laboratory, in Damascus, Syria. There she specialised in neonatal screening tests for the detection of metabolic conditions. Her tasks involved collecting, preparing and analyzing blood specimens from new-born babies. She concentrated mainly in detection of the amino and fatty acid disorders Tyrosinemia I and II, Phenylketonuria, Homocystinuria and Carnitine / Acylcarnitine Translocase Deficiency. During her time there, she was also involved in side projects, performing analyses of blood samples, extracting and analyzing proteins from patients that had received a kidney transplant or had Multiple Sclerosis in order to assess effectiveness of their medication.
Ms AlMekosh is a member of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.
Myrish Veniegas Aujero
Medical Laboratory Technologist