Meet the Team
Zsolt Peter Nagy, Ph.D. Embryologist, Scientific Director
Peter Nagy, M.D., Ph.D. has served as chief embryologist at RBA since 2002. He graduated (1986) summa cum laude from Semmelweis Medical University in his native Hungary, after which he worked in several famous European IVF centers. He trained in IVF with some of the field’s earliest pioneers and most innovative thinkers. He was part of the team from Brussels University that developed the ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) insemination, a technique that has become the standard insemination method worldwide.
In 2005 Dr. Nagy and his team significantly improved oocyte cryopreservation by further developing the rapid freezing technique known as “vitrification.” Dr Nagy recognized areas in which the vitrification technology could be modified to improve egg and embryo survival. He made changes to the process and to the vitrification solutions that are necessary for the egg or embryo to survive the cryopreservation process. In 2006, he conducted a study of vitrified donor eggs at RBA. That study resulted in 15 of 20 recipients pregnant (with subsequent live birth) on the first attempt, validating the changes he had made to the vitrification technique. Of the remaining 5, 2 achieved pregnancy with frozen embryos arising from the frozen donor eggs, representing the first time that feat had ever been accomplished. The success of the pilot study lead Dr Nagy and the RBA clinical team to create MyEggBank, world’s first frozen donor egg bank.
Dr. Nagy’s work has not merely been pioneering and innovative. He has shown the necessity for nurturing not only advances in technology and medical knowledge, but in pushing for advances in the lab as well. One might say that a fertility clinic is only as good as its laboratory.
Dr Nagy has authored several hundred scientific papers and abstracts, as well books and has been ranked as No 3 Top Author of the 100 most cited publications in the world on the field of Reproductive Medicine and Science. He is meticulous, patient and precise. He cares about the people at the other end of his work and is happy to review lab outcomes with patients. His pioneering spirit and continuing work are the main reasons RBA can claim success.