Reproductive Medicine / IVF Chemist

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Professionals working in this field use their knowledge of both organic and inorganic chemicals and the human biological system to develop medicinal products and procedures to assist individuals who have reproductive problems. This may involve the development of hormonal drugs, working on treatments for defective maternal immune systems and defining strategies to try to prevent miscarriages and pre-term labour. Other areas of research in this field include the effects of occurrences such as stress on pregnancy and the study of genetics.

This is a discipline which is experiencing continued growth with employment opportunities available in both research facilities and commercial providers of reproductive medicine and IVF. Post-graduate specialisation is essential for most roles and various universities offer specifically focused programs. Those with a bachelor degree only may find employment as laboratory or research assistants in this field, though some organisations also offer designated new graduate programs