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Cihan Halicigil, HCLD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

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Cihan Halicigil, HCLD, PhD


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, and laboratory automation.

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)

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