Mitchel C. Schiewe, PhD, HCLD

Pioneering Reproductive Physiologist

Dr. Schiewe is a certified High Complexity Lab Director for Embryology and Andrology. He has been pioneering and applying Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) in animal science, conservation biology, and human infertility since 1981.

Did you know?

Dr. Schiewe learned about the power of embryo transfer technology for improving cattle genetics as a high school student in 1974. It was this moment in time when he knew he wanted to be involved in a career involving embryos.

Dr. Schiewe started as a Lab Director with CFP in 1995 when his wife received successful infertility treatment in 1994 with Dr. Marrs. Listen to how Dr. Marrs discovered that Mitch performed ICSI as a research scientist at UCI, having established the first ICSI pregnancies in the Western US

Dr. Schiewe earned his BS and MS degrees in Animal Science/Reproductive Physiology at the University of California, Davis, and Louisiana State University in the early 1980s. He completed his PhD in Human Physiology in Washington DC in 1989, during which time he conducted groundbreaking research at the Smithsonian Institute's National Zoo, contributing to conservation biology for five years. His dissertation work included the successful vitrification of large mammal embryos, resulting in the birth of healthy lambs in 1988.

Following his doctoral studies, Dr. Schiewe continued his research as an NSF fellow at NIH in Washington DC, specializing in Blastocyst Reconstruction modeling and micromanipulation skills.

In 1992, he returned to California, joining the University of California, Irvine (UCI) as an Assistant Professor in Human In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). There, he focused on the development of key techniques such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), laser hatching, and early egg freezing with ICSI, all of which are now standard in IVF labs.

From 1995 onward, Dr. Schiewe served as a Clinical Lab Director at three primary locations in Southern California while maintaining his dedication to research. Between 1994 and 2000, he also contributed as a Lead Guest Scientist/Director at the SIFT clinic in Rome, Italy, where he taught and implemented advanced procedures like ICSI and testicular biopsy processing/cryopreservation.

Dr. Schiewe's career has been marked by a steadfast commitment to scientific excellence and innovation, influencing the fields of animal and human-assisted reproductive medicine significantly. His work continues to shape modern reproductive technologies.

Honors and Publications

Mitch Schiewe boasts an impressive career spanning four decades, marked by numerous research accolades since 1984. He has authored over 75 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and presented over 165 abstracts at national and international conferences. As a perennial ASRM Star Award recipient, he's dedicated to advancing Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) to improve clinical outcomes and promote universal vitrification practices. Dr. Schiewe is a renowned expert in cryobiology, specializing in oocyte/embryo vitrification and testicular tissue freezing. Additionally, he has provided over two decades of professional service to ASRM and founded the Society for Reproductive Biologists and Technologists (SRBT).

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