Virtus Genetics
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Our Team

Our Clinical Team 

Professor David Coman

Clinical Geneticist - Metabolic Physician - General Paediatrician, MBBS MPhil FRACP 

David’s area of expertise is in the diagnosis and management of children with rare diseases. A rare disease is a clinically serious disorder affecting fewer than 1 in 2000 people, and approximately 6-8% of Australians. David is a passionate advocate and engages with multiple support groups. David is currently involved in multiple research projects aimed at novel disease discovery, improved diagnostic testing and treatments for children with inherited genetic disorders. He is director of a national clinic for Ataxia Telangiectasia brashat.org.au and has recently been awarded a $2.5 million NHMRC research grant for a phase 2/3 trial for treatment of this disorder. He is an active research member of the Australian Genomic Health Alliance www.australiangenomics.org.au.

Dr Janan Karatas

Clinical Genetics Services Manager, PhD MHGSA 

Dr Janan Karatas has over 10 years experience working in the field of IVF and reproductive genetics. Janan has an interest in perinatal health and wellbeing of women, couples and babies and has published research on the psychosocial impact of genetic testing of embryos prior to conception using IVF. Genetic testing is complicated, and the results have consequences for individuals, their families, and their children. Janan has many years' experience in helping couples understand how genetics impacts the health of their family, and helping provide reproductive choices for couples to maximise their chances of having a healthy child. Janan leads our team of genetic counsellors all of whom are committed to making sure families are provided with the most up to date information and access to the most current genetic testing technologies.

Dr Debra Kennedy

Specialist Geneticist with expertise in pregnancy care

Debra directs the provision of genetic services at IVFAustralia. She trained in paediatrics and clinical genetics in Sydney and Toronto. She also established the MotherSafe clinic at the Royal Hospital for Women in 2000, and remains a Director of the program.

Our Pathology Team 

Dr Eric Lee

Genetic Pathologist, FRCPA (Genetics)

Dr Eric Lee completed medical training at the University of New South Wales and underwent training in genetic pathology at Prince of Wales Hospital, Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology, and the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics. He attained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2018. He is a member of genetics advisory committees for the RCPA and RCPAQAP. Dr Lee is experienced in the development and interpretation of a wide range of molecular and cytogenetic tests.

Dr Sharyn Stock-Myer

Preimplantation Genetics Scientific Director

Dr Sharyn Stock-Myer has the pleasure of overseeing the group that assists couples and individuals to overcome genetic conditions to have healthy children. Having studied and worked in molecular genetics in New Zealand and Germany, preimplantation genetics was the perfect fit for her combined interest in genetics and desire to help others.  She was recruited to join the team at Virtus in 2002 (Melbourne IVF back then) and establish the programme for testing embryos for single gene mutations.  The PGT programme at Virtus has since helped thousands of people on their path to a healthy child. 

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