Bo Yu, MD, MS

Bo Yu, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Division of REI, Department of OBGYN.  Dr. Yu received a master’s degree in Nutrition from Clemson University before starting her medical career. After graduating from University of Michigan Medical School with Distinction in Research, she completed her residency in OBGYN at Columbia University and subsequent REI fellowship at the NIH.  Dr. Yu received research training through the NIH-funded Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP).  Prior to joining Stanford, she was an Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and University of Washington. Her clinical interests include female infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, and oncofertility.

Dr. Yu’s lab is interested in ovarian physiology and pathology, as well as assisted reproductive technologies (ART).  The main goals are to:

  1. Develop non-invasive preimplantation genetic testing
  2. Examine the impact of ART on the long-term health and future generations
  3. Understand the initiating events of ovarian cancer for early detection


Lab Members (in alphabetical order)

David Hawke, PhD, Western University
Postdoctoral Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility


David is a postdoctoral fellow with an engineering background and a specialization in early development. During his Ph.D., he investigated the potential for embryo-derived microRNAs to be used as a means to non-invasively assess preimplantation embryo health and is now developing new diagnostics for identifying chromosomally abnormal gametes and embryos. Outside of the lab, David likes to stay active at the gym and is exploring beautiful California.

Carla Huerta-López, PhD, Autonomous University of Madrid
Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering


Carla is a postdoctoral fellow co-advised by Prof. Sarah Heilshorn (primary mentor) in the Materials Science and Engineering department. She received her PhD in Biomaterials and Biomolecular Sciences, developing a novel type of protein-based material with tissue engineering and mechanobiology applications. She is passionate about women’s health, and now works on the development of 3D models to study the pathophysiology of female reproductive tract. Outside the lab Carla loves music, watercolor painting, exploring the great-outdoors and looking after animals.

Judith Kraiczy, PhD, University of Cambridge
Postdoctoral Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility


Judith is a research scientist with an interest in epithelial stem cells and their niche. Before joining the Yu lab, she studied the mesenchymal niche of intestinal stem cells and epigenetic mechanisms driving cell differentiation in the gut epithelium. She now uses this knowledge to investigate tissue homeostasis and cancer pathogenesis in epithelia of the female reproductive tract. Besides science, Judith enjoys dancing, photography, painting, arts and theater.

Edward Nguyen, MD, PhD, University of Oklahoma
Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility


Edward is a clinical and research fellow in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He helped to discover and was the first to characterize a protein in the sperm acrosome that is involved in fertilization. He hopes to use these skills in developing non-invasive genetic tests in gametes and embryos. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, running, cooking, and photography.

Yanyu Zhu, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioengineering


Yanyu is a postdoctoral fellow (Primary: Stanley Qi lab) with expertise in chemistry and biophysics. He has specific training in live cell imaging, single-molecule tracking and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy and is contributing to our collaborative efforts in developing non-invasive genetic tests in gametes and embryos. Outside the lab, he likes skiing, traveling, and reading.