Dr. Pavel Itsykson is a senior embryologist with over 15 years experience in embryology in the IVF field. He is currently holding the position of IVF Laboratory manager with Assuta Medical Center in Rishon LeZion.
Dr. Itsykson earned his B.Sc. in Biology in 1997 and M.Sc. in Life Sciences in 1999 from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His M.Sc. research was performed under the guidance of Professor Benjamin Bartoov, the developer of the IMSI technology, and focused on the influence and prevention of oxidative stress in ram spermatozoa. During his M.Scs. studies, Dr. Itsykson graduated the first Israeli Bi-Annual Education Program in Clinical Embryology.
Dr. Itsykson started his career as a trainee Embryologist in 1999 at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon, Israel. In 2005 Pavel was invited to manage the IVF Laboratory at The American Medical Center in Rishon LeZion, Israel and later appointed as IVF Lab Director of the Assuta Medical Center, Rishon Le-Zion IVF Unit. His PhD degree was earned in 2010 from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research was performed under the supervision of Professor Benjamin Reubinoff, one of the pioneers in human embryonic stem cell research, and focused on controlled neural differentiation of human embryonic stem cells.
The IVF Unit at the Assuta Medical Center, Rishon Le-Zion campus, developed rapidly to become the second largest IVF clinic in Israel employing 15 Embryologists and performing about 4500 fresh and 2200 frozen cycles a year. This IVF unit was the first in Israel to achieve pregnancy from vitrified-warmed human oocytes in 2010.
Dr. Itsykson's studies have been published in respected scientific journals. In 2010, he was elected as Secretary of Israeli Fertility Association.
- 2001-2010 – Doctoral studies, Medical Genetics, Hadassah University Hospital, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- 1997-2000 M.Sc. degree – Department of clinical embryology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
- 1993-1997 B.Sc. Biology, Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Life Sciences, Ramat Gan, Israel