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Cihan Halicigil

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Laboratory Director, Yale Fertility Center LGBTQI+ Program Contact; IVF Laboratory Director, Yale Medicine Greenwich Fertility

Contact Information

Cihan Halicigil, HCLD, PhD, MSc

Lab Locations

Mailing Address

  • Fertility Center


    ORANGE, CT 06477

    United States


After following an academic career including the degrees in BSc. in Biology (METU/ Ankara/Turkey) and MSc. And Ph.D. degrees in Biotechnology (2001) (METU/Ankara/Turkey), Cihan Halicigil joined to the Hacettepe University, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology IVF unit in 2001. He had his second MSc. From Leeds University in Clinical Embryology (2005). Since 2001, He has been involved over 13000 fresh cycles, and over 7000 frozen embryo transfer cycles. He has trained more than 40 clinical embryologists and IVF laboratory directors. He has directed Florence Nightingale Gayrettepe IVF laboratory and Acibadem Maslak IVF Laboratory back in Turkey during 2003-2015. Also, he has built or refurbished 17 IVF laboratories. He is an AAB certified high complexity laboratory director (HCLD) since 2017. After moving to USA in 2015, he helped to start and worked at the Carolinas Fertility Institute program in Winston-Salem, NC as the senior embryologist which became one of the most successful and distinguished programs in USA.
Dr. Halicigil's major interests are embryo culture, micromanipulation techniques, cryopreservation, PGT, timelapse microscopy, laboratory automation and AI applications in IVF .

Education & Training

  • MSc
    Leeds University, Clinical Embryology (2005)
  • PhD
    Middle East Technical University, Biology (2001)
  • MSc
    Middle East Technical University (1992)
  • BSc
    Middle East Technical University, Biology (1988)


  • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis: Embryologist's perspective
    Antalya, Antalya, Turkey 2023
    X. Society of Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Congress (Turkey)
  • Current updates on Timelapse Microscopy and AI in IVF
    Moscow, Moscow, Russia 2022
    MCARM Conference of Reproductive Specialists
  • Oocyte Cryopreservation; How far we have come.; Ankara, Ankara, Turkey 2022
    NICHE 2022
  • IVF Applications in U.S.A.
    İstanbul, İstanbul, Turkey 2021
    Turkish Society of Reproductive Medicine Embryology Panel
  • Future Technologies in IVF 2019
    2nd International Congress of Assisted Reproductive Technologies Kyiv, Ukrain, 2019
  • Trophectoderm Biopsy Techniques: Fast and Furious
    Phoenix, AZ, United States 2018
  • The comparison of five percent and ten percent oxygen concentration in human embryo culture in terms of IVF/ICSI outcome
    Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France 2007
    Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology

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