Reproductive Science Center Staff
Scott Kratka, ELD, TS (ABB)
Mr. Kratka has been at the forefront in reproductive medicine since 1988. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, he completed embryology training at the University of Connecticut Medical Center. There he participated in published research studies involving adhesion formation and prevention. He also assisted with instructional laser surgical training courses in Connecticut and Puerto Rico.
He relocated to New Jersey in 1991 to create the first embryology laboratory in both Monmouth and Ocean Counties. He was the embryologist that established the first successful pregnancies via in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), utilization of frozen embryos and donor oocytes in these counties. He has since help construct and oversee three successful IVF laboratories in Central New Jersey. He has also held consulting appointments at Columbia University and the University of Connecticut. His commitment and dedication to laboratory excellence has kept him at the forefront of technology in the ever advancing field of embryology.
In 2011, Mr. Kratka received certification with the American College of Embryology, an organization of embryology practitioners, serves patients, embryologists and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of embryology.
He is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, American Board of Bioanalysis, American College of Embryology, New York Society of Reproductive Medicine and the New York Metropolitan Embryologist Society.
Mina Alikani, PhD, HCLD
Mina Alikani is currently the Director of the Embryology and Andrology Laboratories at the Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey. She is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) as a High Complexity Laboratory Director and by the American College of Embryology (now EMBCOL) as a Reproductive Embryologist.
Dr. Alikani started working in the field of assisted reproduction in 1983 and completed her PhD studies in 2006 through Monash University in Clayton, Australia. Following graduation, she worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Tyho-Galileo Research Laboratories where she undertook several novel research projects including derivation and cryopreservation of normal and abnormal human embryonic stem cells.
Dr. Alikani has extensive experience and expertise in all procedures performed in the IVF laboratory- including ICSI and embryo biopsy- and she keeps a hands-on approach to directing the laboratory. She has been involved in training of numerous embryologists in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Alikani has authored and co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the laboratory aspects of assisted reproduction and she has lectured extensively around the world on ART-related topics. Her research interests include division dynamics in mammalian eggs and embryos, fragmentation and other abnormalities of human embryo development in vitro, and improving IVF laboratory outcomes.
She is an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).