Dr Sharon Mortimer is co-owner and Director of Oozoa Biomedical. She is also the Editor of the journal Reproduction, Fertility and Development.
Dr Mortimer graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Newcastle, and a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia, and completed two years of post-doctoral research in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Sydney. She has been a clinical embryologist since 1985, working at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia (1985-1987) and the Foothills IVF Programme in Calgary, Canada (1987-1991). She then became a consultant in IVF as Director/Secretary of Mortimer Scientific Consulting Pty Ltd (1991-2000), involved in the development or improvement of assisted conception programmes, and was Managing Director of GenARTech Pty Ltd, a successful laboratory supply company serving Australia and New Zealand from1996 until 2001.
Her research interests are sperm movement, cryopreservation, the physiology of sperm-egg interaction and fertilization, as well as the development of tests of sperm function in vitro. She has authored or co-authored over 35 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and over 80 conference presentations, and has been an invited speaker at scientific conferences in Europe, South Africa and Australia. She is an active member of 8 professional societies, has been a referee for 7 medical and scientific journals, served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Animal Reproduction Science (2000–2004), and was an Honorary Associate of the Department of Animal Science at the University of Sydney. She served as Australian representative for Alpha, the international embryologists’ professional society (1997–2000) and was Assistant Editor of the Alpha newsletter (1997–1999).
From April 2000 until June 2003 she was the Director of Laboratory Operations at the Genesis Fertility Centre (Vancouver, Canada), with overall responsibility for all aspects of laboratory services, including diagnostic andrology, assisted conception procedures and cryobanking, as well as the development and supervision of clinical and service-based laboratory research. In addition, she was closely involved in the scientific education of the staff of Genesis as well as providing reproductive biology information support and feedback to the medical staff of Genesis and to referring doctors. Her goal was to ensure that the best scientific diagnostic and therapeutic methods were available to patients and provide them with unparalleled quality of management to help them achieve pregnancies as quickly and cost-effectively as possible while minimizing the risk of multiple pregnancies.
From September 2003 until August 2004 she worked as a Research Grants Facilitator in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and was promoted to Research Planning & Development Specialist in August 2004, a position that she held until June 2006. In addition, since September 2004 she has been the Editor of the journal Reproduction, Fertility and Development, published by CSIRO Publishing (Melbourne, Australia), and has served on the Executive of the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society’s ART Laboratory Special Interest Group since its inception in 2002 (currently as co-Chair, until September 2007).