Christina Hnida

Biologist and laboratory manager, PhD

I have been working with reproductive biology since 1997.

In my thesis on my biology study, I investigated how various chemical substances that we are exposed to daily, can potentially interfere with the hormone balances that otherwise ensure a healthy reproductive capacity. My approach was how to protect the reproductive capacity of animals and humans, rather than treating infertility.

After I had been a MSc. in biology, I started as a business PhD student at Rigshospitalet's Fertility Clinic with employment with a private company; together we developed a computer assisted system for morphological (image) analysis of the quality of the embryos.

It was also these years, at Rigshospitalet's Fertility Clinic, where I learned the whole "IVF craftsmanship", which meant that after finishing my PhD study time not only I had a business PhD, but I also had learned the routine in all processes that take place in an IVF laboratory.

From 2004 to 2011, I was a laboratory manager at the Fertility Clinic at Herlev Hospital. During that period I was also trained as an international inspector and auditor for medical laboratories in accordance with ISO standard - DS / EN ISO 15189.

In 2011, I chose to change position and became part of the team that started the Stork IVF clinic in Copenhagen. As laboratory manager and EU Cells and Tissue Law-responsible person, I got the amazing challenge of planning and implementing a modern IVF laboratory from scratch. Here I brought my extensive professional network into play and benefited from my theoretical and practical knowledge in the field.

It turned out that it was not the last time I was allowed to prove, that I could create a brand new IVF laboratory. After a shorter period of more basic research at the Laboratory for Reproductive Biology at Rigshospitalet, where I worked with optimization of freezing techniques for human tissues, oocytes and embryos, I sought back to work at a fertility clinic.

This wish was met with employment as a laboratory manager at the Fertility Clinic in Dronninglund (under Aalborg University). I commuted (and still do) between the regions with pleasure.

In 2016, the clinic moved to Aalborg, and there it was not only a whole new clinic that had to be designed, but also the function for Pre-implantation Genetic Testing (PGT) to be implemented. Aalborg had just been appointed, together with Rigshospitalet, to be one of the two centers in Denmark that were allowed to treat couples with known genetic diseases.

So now I have also learned to take biopsies from blastocysts and perform all functions of the IVF / PGT laboratory. I keep my knowledge updated by continuously attending relevant meetings and conferences at home and abroad.

It is a great pleasure for me now to be able to use my expertise at the Danish Fertility Center and make an effort to ensure that the laboratory functions optimally. I can contribute to a modern and updated laboratory and to fertility treatment with good results.