Our Andrology Laboratory
Sperm defects are the most common cause of failure of fertilisation in clinical IVF. With the use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), a specialised technique for injecting a single sperm into an egg, many of these sperm can achieve normal fertilisation. Sperm analysis before you begin assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatment is important to help your fertility specialist recommend the most appropriate ART technique (IUI, IVF or ICSI).
Our andrology laboratory provides a full range of analytical services, including routine semen analysis and testing for anti-sperm antibodies.
The andrology laboratory also provides sperm freezing and storage for use in future ART treatment. The laboratory also stores sperm for use in the donor program, or before chemotherapy or radiotherapy where a man’s treatment may affect his sperm function or production in the future.
Making breakthroughs in male fertility diagnosis
Dr De-Yi Liu
The Melbourne IVF andrology service is led by Dr De-Yi Liu, an internationally recognised sperm research expert. De-Yi's main research interests are human sperm function, sperm-egg interaction, male infertility and clinical IVF/ICSI. Over the years, he has developed new tests, which are able to diagnose subtle sperm defects that cannot be detected by routine analysis. He has published extensively in this field and is frequently invited to speak at international ART conferences.
Professor Gordon Baker
Professor Gordon Baker is the Chief Advisor to the Melbourne IVF andrology laboratory. His wide-ranging experience in the field includes two years as a visiting scientist in the USA. He is a specialist in male reproductive disorders and his current research interests are the causes of male infertility, improving results of IVF, and computer aided analysis of sperm morphology.
Gordon retired from the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women’s Hospital in 2010 but continues to see patients at Melbourne IVF East Melbourne. He holds an MD and PhD and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
To contact Dr Baker, call (03) 9416 1614.