Carol Hanna, Ph.D.

  • Research Assistant Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • Director, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Core, Oregon National Primate Research Center


As director of the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Core at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), my work is focused on developing and providing ART in a nonhuman primate (NHP) system to support research in human health and disease. Funded in part through the National Primate Research Centers P51 mechanism, my lab is continually optimizing conventional NHP ART such as semen collection and cryopreservation, artificial insemination, in vitro oocyte maturation and fertilization, embryo culture and cryopreservation, and advanced micromanipulation techniques including embryo injection, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, polar body biopsy, assisted hatching, and blastocyst biopsy. Advances in these techniques not only benefit research programs that utilize the nonhuman primate model, but provide a foundation for fertility guided research in reproductive health clinical programs including studies investigating mechanisms of infertility and development of nonhormonal and nonsurgical permanent forms of contraception. Further, in pursuit of the Three R’s of animal research, I maintain collaborations with clinicians at the Oregon Health & Science University who work with us to continually refine our approach for gamete collection, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer to develop approaches that are minimally invasive or nonsurgical. My experience with developing nonhuman primate models and my focus on physiological reproductive mechanisms has helped support the success of the ONPRC ART program to streamline NHP use in research projects including expansion of animal lines with high valued genetics through assisted breeding or in vitro derived embryo generation.


  • B.S., 1997, Colorado State University
  • M.S., 2001, Texas A&M University
  • Ph.D., 2008, Texas A&M University,
  • Fellowship:

    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, OR., United States, 2012

Memberships and associations

  • Member, International Embryo Transfer Society, 1999-present
  • Member, Society for the Study of Reproduction, 2000-present
  • Member, Society of Family Planning, 2009-present
  • Member, The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 2009-present
  • Member, The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 2010-present
  • President/Director of Membership, International Embryo Transfer Society Trainee Association, 2011-2013
  • Member, International Ombudsman Association, 2016-present



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