Dictionary TreatmentAssisted Reproductive Technology (ART)Embryologist Embryologist Reviewed by Ashley Wong, MS, Clinical Embryologist View our Editorial Policy Published: December 16, 2016 What Does Embryologist Mean? An embryologist is a scientist, typically found in a fertility clinic or lab that is involved in reproductive research or fertility assessments. Embryologists are scientists who may facilitate testing, sample retrieval, and laboratory work for assisted reproductive technologies (ART) like in vitro fertilization (IVF). Advertisement FertilitySmarts Explains Embryologist Many individuals or couples who face infertility issues are referred to a fertility clinic for testing and treatment. During treatment at a fertility clinic, a medical team is responsible for patient care. An embryologist is one member of this medical team. Embryologists play a critical role in all aspects of the creation and development of embryos. Common tasks completed by an embryologist include: Egg identification during retrieval Sperm processing including washing and analysis Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) Assisted hatching of embryos Embryo biopsy and cell processing procedures for preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) Preparing embryos for transfer Monitoring embryo development Cryopreservation Embryologists are scientists, not physicians, and cannot perform medical procedures on a patient, diagnose conditions or prescribe medication. Advertisement Synonyms Clinical Embryologist Share This Term> Related Terms Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection Micromanipulation Related Reading 14 Onesies that Celebrate IVF Babies IVF Pregnancy Announcements Fertility Podcasts Relatable Words After a Miscarriage Let’s Stop Arguing About Whether or Not Stress Causes Infertility Books About Infertility Tags Treatment Treatment Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Embryo Development Trending Articles Pregnancy IVF Pregnancy Announcements Egg Retrieval From Eggs to Blastocysts: Understanding IVF Attrition Cervical Mucus Identifying Stages of Cervical Mucus Artificial Insemination (AI) Implantation Calendar: What is Happening During the Two Week Wait?