About RGI



  • Oleg Verlinsky

RGI Directors

  • Dr. Svetlana Rechitsky, PhD

    Dr. Svetlana Rechitsky is a graduate of Kharkov University's Genetics Faculty, and received her PhD in experimental molecular embryology from the second Moscow Medical Institute in 1986. She moved to the Reproductive Genetics Institute in 1989, where she headed the DNA laboratory, which has performed the largest Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Monogenic/Single Gene Defects (PGT-M) series for single gene disorders, with PGT-M design for the majority of them developed for the first time. She has published more than 60 papers in the field of PGT-M, including a key contributions to the Atlas of Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Monogenic/Single Gene Defects. In 2010, she took over as the President of Reproductive Genetic Innovations and continues to be in that position today. Outside of RGI, Dr. Rechitsky serves as a faculty member at Florida International University, is the current vice-chair of the PGT-M Special Interest Group at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and is a recent past-president of the Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society.

  • Dr. Anver Kuliev, MD, PhD

    Dr. Anver Kuliev received his PhD in Clinical Cytogenetics in 1969. From 1979 he was head of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Hereditary Diseases Program in Geneva, where he developed the community-based programs for prevention of genetic disorders and early approaches for prenatal diagnosis. He moved to Reproductive Genetics Institute, Chicago, in 1990, where he headed the WHO Collaborating Center for Prevention of Genetic Disorders, and scientific research in prenatal and preimplantation genetics. He is an author of 200 papers, including 11 books in the above areas, including 5 books in the field of Preimplantation Genetics. Currently, Dr. Kuliev is on the executive committee of the Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society and serves as Research Director for Reproductive Genetic Innovations.

  • Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson, MD, FACOG, FACMG

    Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson, MD, FACOG, FACMG is the clinical director of RGI's PGT-M program. He received his undergraduate and medical education at Duke University (M.D., 1968), and postgraduate training at Cornell University Medical College. He is Past President of the Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Monogenic/Single Gene Defects International Society and Past President of the American Society Reproductive Medicine. He is President Elect of International Federation Fertility Society. Prior academic positions have included Northwestern University, (Professor and Head, Section of Human Genetics), University of Tennessee Memphis, (Chairman OB/GYN), Baylor College of Medicine, (Chairman, OB/GYN) and Florida International University (Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs). He retains appointments at Florida International. He is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics as well as the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    Dr. Simpson has played leadership roles in many other professional organizations. These include, President of International Society of Prenatal Diagnosis, President of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation and President of the American College of Medical Genetics. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine (IOM). He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Research and Global Programs for the March of Dimes Foundation.

    Dr. Simpson has written 15 major books and over 750 articles and chapters. His research has been funded by National Institutes of Health and other organizations. He remains active in many areas of prenatal genetic diagnosis and reproductive genetics, not only Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Monogenic/Single Gene Defects but recovering cell free DNA and fetal cells from maternal blood.

  • Dr. Lee P. Shulman, MD

    Dr. Lee P. Shulman, MD is the Anna Ross Lapham Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Genetics at the Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and a Founding Member of the Society of Family Planning. Dr. Shulman graduated from Cornell University as well as Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Shulman completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at North Shore University Hospital - Cornell University Medical College followed by a fellowship in Reproductive Genetics at the University of Tennessee, Memphis and then joined the Ob/Gyn faculty of the University of Tennessee, Memphis, becoming the Director of Reproductive Genetics in 1994. In 1999 he relocated to the University of Illinois at Chicago where he served as Deputy Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Divisions of Reproductive Genetics and Ambulatory Care Services and as Medical Director of the Center of Excellence in Women's Health.

    Dr. Shulman is a member of numerous regional, national and international organizations that pertain to the health and care of women. He currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. His work has been recognized regionally and nationally. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, is a Contributing Editor for The Journal of Reproductive Medicine and the Executive Editor of the Journal of Gynecologic Surgery. He also serves on the editorial boards of Contraception, Prenatal Diagnosis, Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Menopause, and as a peer-reviewer for 31 journals. His major research interests are in reproductive and cancer genetics, contraception, botanical interventions in women's health and menopause.

  • Dr. Andrew F. Wagner, MD, FACMG, FACOG (Co-Medical Director)

    Dr. Wagner completed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Wisconsin (MD-1999). He then pursued an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following a long clinical interest and undergraduate research experience, he went on to a fellowship in Clinical Genetics at Magee-Womens Hospital/University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wagner then joined the OB/GYN faculty at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where he was involved in clinical practice, research, and teaching in reproductive genetics to medical students, masters in genetic counseling students, and residents for eleven years. In September 2016, he joined the faculty at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in the division of clinical genetics of the department of obstetrics and gynecology. He also serves as co-medical director at Insight Medical Genetics in Chicago. Dr. Wagner is board certified by both the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.