Laboratory Services

The University of Kansas Health System offers full-service embryology and andrology laboratories in support of Advanced Reproductive Medicine fertility services. Our laboratories in Overland Park, Kansas, and Gladstone, Missouri, serve the Kansas City metropolitan area and beyond. 

Learn more about laboratory services by calling 913-588-2229.

Embryology laboratory services

The embryology laboratory offers a range of services to support a variety of fertility treatments. 

In vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer

We introduce the sperm and the egg in the lab and monitor them for evidence of fertilization. Once fertilized, the appropriate number of embryos are prepared for placement near the endometrial cavity.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

During the IVF process, when fertilization is hindered, we inject the sperm directly into the egg to help ensure fertilization. 
   
Laboratory services

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Sperm retrieval, identification, processing and cryopreservation

Sperm is retrieved from men who have no sperm in their ejaculate. Our lab team identifies viable sperm and preserves it until the time is right for fertilization. 

Embryo culture, cryopreservation, storage, thawing and transfer

Our team monitors embryos while they grow in the lab before transfer. We also preserve embryos until they the time is right for transfer. 

Embrology laboratory services are offered at our Overland Park, Kansas location.

Matthew Goering, PhD

Matthew Goering, PhD, HCLD 
IVF Lab Director

Matthew Goering, PhD, HCLD, has 20 years of clinical experience in assisted reproductive technology and laboratory management. He is assistant professor and director of clinical embryology in advanced reproductive medicine. Dr. Goering has served as a consultant to numerous national and international IVF programs and is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis in embryology and andrology. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Bethel College and his doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his research fellowship at the prestigious Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City. His graduate and postdoctoral research is focused on the molecular and genetic mechanisms of aneuploid gamete formation.

Andrology laboratory services

The andrology laboratory offers a range of services to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of male infertility. The lab also provides andrology services to physicians and clinics throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Semen analysis

This is the most basic and first step in determining fertility. It involves a sperm count, analysis of sperm shape by measures of strict morphology, and measuring sperm motility (movement). Semen analysis may also include specialized tests, including:
  • Antisperm antibodies – We can test to see if antibodies are present, as they can hinder sperm motility and fertilization.
  • Leukocytes in the semen – We check for inflammation or white blood cells in the semen that may indicate infection and limit fertility.
  • Viability of sperm – We can determine if the sperm are alive. This test may help determine whether your treatment plan should include intrauterine insemination (IUI) or IVF and ICSI.
Semen preparation for IUI

Our lab team uses various techniques to wash and concentrate sperm before insemination.

Donor sperm

We work with many sperm banks to provide therapeutic donor sperm inseminations (TDI). We receive and store donor sperm and prepare it for insemination.

Semen preparation for IVF

We use various techniques to specifically prepare semen or donor sperm for IVF.

Preparation of sperm from testicular biopsy

We prepare sperm retrieved through biopsy for IVF or cryopreservation.

Sperm cryopreservation and banking

Through cryopreservation, we can help you save sperm for future use. We also store sperm for infertility treatment and fertility preservation.

Post-vasectomy semen analysis

We provide this test to confirm that sperm is absent from the semen after vasectomy.

Andrology laboratory services are offered at our Overland Park, Kansas and Gladstone, Missouri locations.

Dr. Kathy Roby, Women's Health
Katherine F. Roby, PhD
Andrology and Endocrinology Lab Director

Katherine F. Roby, PhD, has more than 30 years of experience in the field of reproductive endocrinology with expertise spanning the areas of male fertility, ovarian biology, placental biology and the immunology of pregnancy. She received a Bachelor of Science in zoology and biochemistry from Eastern Illinois University, carried out postgraduate studies in fertilization biology at Stanford University, and received a PhD from the University of Kansas Medical Center in reproductive endocrinology with a research focus in regulation of ovarian follicle development and ovulation. Dr. Roby then carried out two postdoctoral fellowships. The first focused on the role of the fetus in placental development and function, and the second focused on pregnancy and the immunology of pregnancy supported by the Wesley Foundation and a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Roby is an associate professor anatomy and cell biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and has served as director of the andrology laboratory for nearly 20 years. She has more than 95 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has served as a reviewer of multiple journals and on scientific advisory panels for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is a member of multiple grant review committees, including for the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the American Cancer Society. In addition to supporting the health system fertility services, the andrology laboratory provides andrology laboratory serves to physicians and clinics throughout the Kansas City metropolitan region. The lab also continues to play a role in national and international research supporting male reproductive health.