Meet the scientific director of Texas Fertility Center’s IVF labs
Dr. Matthew David (Tex) VerMilyea was born in Laredo, Texas and graduated third in his class from United High School. He obtained early acceptance into Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he played football and pole-vaulted. His interests in reproductive physiology began during his undergraduate studies at Cornell, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, Cum Laude with Distinction in Research.
From his early experiences in the theriogenology laboratories at Cornell, Tex quickly found his forte in embryology and has since gained various experiences from around the world. Tex received his PhD in Epigenetics from The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He then continued his professional preparation by completing post-doctoral fellowships in the chromatin and gene expression laboratories at the Institute of Biomedical Research in Birmingham, UK. He was later fortunate to be selected as a research fellow for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, where he completed a second fellowship in the Laboratory of Mammalian Molecular Embryology at the RIKEN Institute in Kobe, Japan.
Determined to maintain his foundation in genetic and molecular research, he chose to return to clinical human in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in order to hone his skills and develop a career as an accomplished embryologist. Upon his return to the United States, he was employed as an embryologist at Shady Grove Fertility in Maryland, where he undertook intense training and soon became the lead Embryology Research Scientist and Senior Embryologist. At that time, Shady Grove was the largest full-service infertility service provider in North America.
Tex soon obtained Board Certification as a High Complexity Laboratory Director and Clinical Consultant from the American Board of Bioanalysis. Tex has previously served as the Director of Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Andrology Laboratories at Penn Fertility Care at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He was appointed as an Instructor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn.
Tex and his wife Lucy and 1-year-old daughter Hailey Rose relocated from Auckland, New Zealand, where he served as the Scientific Director of Fertility Associates of New Zealand. He provided scientific guidance regarding the implementation of cutting-edge technologies and research throughout five IVF laboratories located in New Zealand and multiple clinics in Asia.
Tex is keen to now provide his experiences and expertise to patients seeking services at Texas Fertility Center and Ovation® Fertility. Being a reputable leader in this ever-changing field of assisted reproduction, Tex continuously finds it rewarding when patients are successful at bringing home a healthy child.