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Nina Desai, PhD, HCLD

Nina Desai, PhD, HCLD
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Department Subspecialty Care for Women's Health
Primary Location Beachwood Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Beachwood Family Health Center
Primary Location

Beachwood Family Health Center

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Blastocyst Culture
  • Immature Oocyte Maturation
  • Male Infertility Testing
  • Preimplantation Genetic Testing
  • Section of Fertility
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Infertility
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About Nina Desai, PhD, HCLD

Nina Desai, PhD, HCLD, earned her doctorate in microbiology/cell biology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Piscataway. She is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD) in both andrology and embryology. She trained as a Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester and later completed a postdoctoral fellowship in infertility at the Ohio State University, Columbus. She later served as an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University and directed the in infertility laboratories at University Hospitals. Dr. Desai was thereafter recruited to join Cleveland Clinic as Director of the IIVF/Andrology laboratories and to design a new state-of-the art laboratory. Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in both clinical and basic research . Her research activities have focused on technology for embryo culture, selection and cryopreservation to enhance clinical pregnancy outcomes. Other research areas include 3-D culture systems for in vitro follicle maturation, ovarian tissue cryopreservation, single sperm freezing and time lapse imaging of embryonic growth.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Additional Training

  • Board-certified as High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD)

Professional Highlights

Specialty Interests

blastocyst culture, in vitro fertilization, embryo cryopreservation, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, follicle culture/oocyte maturation, reproductive endocrinology and infertility

Awards & Honors

Innovations & Patents

  • Pioneered the use of a novel endometrial cell line to promote human embryo development during in vitro fertilization. This technique benefits patients who have repeated implantation failures or poor embryo quality, allowing them to successfully achieve a pregnancy.  
  • Established a preimplantation genetic diagnosis program for screening of IVF embryos for genetic diseases or chromosomal abnormalities. First clinic to offer such testing in northern Ohio. 
  • Introduced an innovative embryo freezing methodology that has resulted in a significant increase in clinical pregnancy outcomes with frozen embryos. 
  • Invented a novel methodology for single sperm cryopreservation in cases of severe male infertility. Small numbers of sperm can be surgically retrieved from the testis and stored for a future treatment cycle.


  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • European Society for Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE)
  • American Board of Bioanalysis
  • Reproductive Technologists Professional Group
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/2/2023, Dr. Desai has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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