Beginner Micromanipulation


Course Objectives

The workshop is intended to provide participants with core knowledge and introductory practical skills under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. It provides an overview of microscopy skill optimization, use of laser, trophectoderm biopsy techniques, and electronic witnessing. Choice of pipets, media, and possible uses of the biopsied material will be discussed. Participants will learn to prepare the biopsy setting, perform assisted hatching using the laser, perform biopsy, and retrieve cells; participants will gain hands-on experience of these techniques using mouse embryos.

Key Topics

  • Microscope set-up and use
  • Proper micromanipulation tool set up
  • Basic laser use for trophectoderm biopsy
  • Basic hands-on ICSI and trophectoderm biopsy

Course Design

  • 1-day course or 2-day course; 2-day course includes a full day of hands-on practice
  • Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practical sessions
  • Up to 6 participants
  • This course is targeted towards embryologists with embryology experience but limited or no micromanipulation experience.


  • 10:00am-10:30am: Arrivals & Welcome
  • 10:30am-11:30am: Manipulation of Gametes and Embryos; Variables that Affect Development
  • 11:30am-11:45am: Coffee, Bio, & Tech Break
  • 11:45am-12:45pm: Equipment Orientation & Tool Set-up
  • 12:45pm-1:30pm: Lunch & Meet the Team
  • 1:30pm-4:30pm: Station 1 – Basic Micromanipulation Skills & Biopsy;
    Station 2 – Basic Micromanipulation & ICSI
  • 4:30pm-5:00pm: Round Table Wrap-up
  • For 2-day courses, the second day features a full day of hands-on training

Minimum Experience

It is essential that all participants are working in an embryology setting with basic embryology skills.


Course fee is $500. Transportation and accommodation are not included. Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the course.


To register your interest or if you require more information, please email


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