Michael J. Tucker, Ph.D., HCLD

  • Scientific Director


Michael J. Tucker, Ph.D., HCLD, received his undergraduate degree in zoology and physiology from the University of London and his doctorate in reproductive physiology from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

He has worked in the field of reproductive medicine/embryology for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Shady Grove Fertility as Scientific Director in 1998, Dr. Tucker spent 10 years establishing a track record of exceptional pregnancy rate for IVF and other assisted technologies as the scientific director for a leading fertility program in Atlanta.

Dr. Tucker has received worldwide recognition for his work in the IVF technologies that have helped to revolutionize the treatment of infertility. For example, in 1992, he helped to advance the technique of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and was responsible for the first baby born following ICSI in the United States. In 1997, he led the team that was successful in achieving the first pregnancy and birth using cryopreserved donor and immature eggs. Dr. Tucker is certified as a High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD) in the United States, and is a fellow of the Institute of Biology in the United Kingdom.

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  • Doctorate: Reproductive Physiology, University of Birmingham (UK)


  • 2014, Patient Advocacy Award – RESOLVE
  • 2002, Family Building Award – American Infertility Association/American Fertility Association (AIA)
  • 1997, Awarded Fellowship of Royal Society of Biology – Fellow of the Institute of Biology (UK)


  • 1992, Advancements in the technique of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and responsible for the first baby born following ICSI in the United States
  • 1997, Successfully achieved the first pregnancy and birth using cryopreserved donor and immature eggs
  • 2003, Introduction & FDA Approval of IR laser for Assisted Hatching & Embryo Biopsy
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Embryologist Level IV – American College of Embryology
  • European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology
  • High-Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD) – AMERICAN ASSOCIATION of BIOANALYSIS
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)
  • Society of Reproductive Biologists & Technologists
  • Tucker MJ (1980): Explanation of sterility in male tx/ ty mice. Nature 288:367-8
  • Craft I, Porter R, Green S, Tucker MJ, Smith B, Twigg H, Ahuja K, Whittingham D (1984): Success of fertility, embryo number and in-vitro fertilisation. Lancet i:732
  • Tucker MJ, Leung C, Leong M, Chan YM, Wong C, Chan H (1988): Intrafallopian egg replacement without IVF back-up. Lancet ii:1990
  • Tucker MJ, Kort HI, Massey JB, Elsner CW, Mitchell-Leef D, Toledo AA (1991): How many embryos to transfer? Lancet i:1482
  • Tucker MJ, Wiker SR, Wright G, Morton PC, Toledo AA (1993): Treatment of male infertility and idiopathic failure to fertilize in vitro with under zona insemination and direct egg injection. Am J Obstet Gynecol 169:324-32
  • Tucker MJ, Wright G, Morton P, Mayer MP, Ingargiola P, Jones A (1995): Practical evolution of direct intracytoplasmic sperm injection for male factor and idiopathic fertilization failure infertilities. Fertil Steril 63:820-7
  • Tucker MJ, Morton PC, Wright G, Sweitzer CL, Massey JB (1998): Cryopreservation of human eggs. Hum Reprod 13:3156-9
  • Liebermann J, Tucker MJ (2002): Effect of carrier system on the yield of human oocytes and embryos as assessed by survival and developmental potential after vitrification. Reproduction 124:483-9
  • Han T, Graham J, Tucker MJ, Davis A, Sagoskin AW (2003): Laser-assisted human embryo biopsy on the third day of development for preimplantation genetic diagnosis: two successful case reports. Fertil Steril 80:453-5
  • Tucker M, Morton P, Liebermann J (2004): Human oocyte cryopreservation: a valid alternative to embryo cryopreservation? Euro J Obstet & Gynecol: Reprod Biol 113 Suppl:S24-7