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Dara S. Berger, PhD, HCLD

Dara S. Berger, PhD, HCLD Researcher

Director of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and Andrology Laboratory Clinical Associate of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Berger is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Programs & Centers:

Clinical Expertise:

  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
  • Reproductive Endocrinology

Description of Clinical Expertise

Oocyte retrieval, insemination, fertilization assessment, morphology grading, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), assisted hatching, embryo transfer, cryopreservation including both oocyte and embryo vitrification, trophectoderm biopsy

Practice Locations and Appointments

Memberships

American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB), National American Association of Bioanalysts, CRB Board, National American Association of Bioanalysts, Credentialing and Membership Committee, National American Society for Reproductive Medicine, National Atlantic Coast Embryology Society, Local Case Western Reserve University Alumni Association, Local College of American Pathologists, National New York Metropolitan Embryology Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Berger is employed by Penn Medicine.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

Sequencing, genotyping, haplotype and diplotype analysis, Western blot, histology including immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization, cDNA cloning, ICM biopsy

Selected Publications:

Jamie Stanhiser, MD, Jennifer E. Mersereau, MD, MSCI, Daquan Dock, BS, Caitlin Boylan, BS, Meghan Connerney, BS, Hunter Caprell, BS, Robert M Coward, MD, Dara S. Berger, PhD, Marc Fritz, MD: Sperm Morphology From The Actual Inseminated Sample Does Not Predict Clinical Pregnancy Following Intrauterine Insemination Regardless Of The Presence Or Severity Of Teratospermia American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Denver, CO : 2018.

Alur-Gupta S, Hopeman M, Berger DS, Barnhar KT, Senapati S, Gracia C: Measuring serum estradiol and progesterone one day prior to frozen embryo transfer improves clinical pregnancy rate Fertility and Sterility : 2018.

Berger DS, Hoff HS: Principals of IVF Laboratory Practice. Cambridge University Press Chapter 27:181-186 : 2017.

Buyuk E, Asemota OA, Merhi Z, Charron MJ, Berger DS, Zapantis A, Jindal SK: Serum and follicular fluid monocyte chemotactic protein-1 levels are elevated in obese women and are associated with poorer clinical pregnancy rate after in vitro fertilization: a pilot study. Fertil Steril 107(3):632-640.e3 : 2017.

Alur-Gupta S, Hopeman M, Berger DS, Barnhar KT, Senapati S, Gracia C: Measuring serum estradiol and progesterone one day prior to frozen embryo transfer improves clinical pregnancy rate American Society of Reproductive Medicine, San Antonio, TX : 2017.

Hopeman M, Alur-Gupta S, Berger DS, Barnhar KT, Senapati S, Gracia C: Natural endometrial preparation vs exogenous hormone supplementation prior to vitrified-warmed blastocyst transfer American Society of Reproductive Medicine, San Antonio, TX : 2017.

Gray JE, Fritz MA, Berger DS: Individual components of a Gardner’s blastocyst grade and a summarized score are predictive of implantation for multiple but not single embryo transfers American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT : 2016.

Crawford NM, Young AM, Boylan CF, Hoff HS, Mersereau JE, Berger DS: Association between progesterone levels on day of trigger and oocyte maturity, embryo quality measures, and IVF cycle outcome American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT : 2016.

Berger DS, Zapantis A, Merhi Z, Younger J, Polotsky AJ, Jindal SK: Embryo quality but not pronuclear score is associated with clinical pregnancy following IVF. J Assist Reprod Genet 31(3):279-83 : 2014.

Berger DS, Zapantis A, Jindal S, McAvey B: Unexplained infertility predicts poor trophectoderm score but not implantation rate American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Boston, MA : 2013.

Academic Contact Info

PENN Fertility Care
3701 Market Street, 8th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 349-5202
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)