Our Laboratory Team


Our state-of-the-art laboratory is one of the primary reasons that RMA of Northern California is so confident in your success. Our laboratory reflects the latest technological advancements and is closed down biannually for comprehensive quality control inspections to ensure we are meeting the highest global standards.

Over the years, our network’s clinics and laboratories have led the industry in important advancements such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and extended embryo culture. Our team of experts is working every day to innovate and improve our practice so you can leave here with the best outcome possible.


kathleen hong, md lab director

Kathleen Hong, Embryology Laboratory Director, MD, FACOG, HCLD/ALD

Dr. Hong serves as the off-site Embryology Laboratory Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California. Certified as a High-Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director and an Andrology Laboratory Director, Dr. Hong works closely with Dr. Morin, Dr. Kort, and Katharine Kirsch, the Embryology Laboratory Manager, to ensure that the embryology laboratory operates at the highest standards.

A board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Hong is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  She has had extensive training and experience in embryology and led several large research studies into human embryo culture. She is passionate about perfecting laboratory protocols for the optimal growth of embryos that lead to successful outcomes for patients.

When Dr. Hong is not seeing patients or working in the embryology lab, she can be found reading and spending time with family.

Katharine Kirsch, Embryology Laboratory Supervisor

Katharine Kirsch, Embryology Laboratory Manager

Katharine Kirsch is the Embryology Laboratory Manager at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California.

As lead embryologist, Kirsch plays an important role in the day to day work of the laboratory, from egg freezing and thawing to the IVF process of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), embryo growth and embryo biopsy. A meticulous and skilled embryologist with six years of experience in the field of infertility, Kirsch has worked in the embryology labs of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ), and the Fertility Center of San Antonio, Texas.

A native of Texas, Kirsch graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio with a degree in Biology. She is a member of the American Association of Bioanalysts, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the College of Reproductive Biology (CRB) and the Society of Reproductive Biologists Technologists.

When she’s not in the laboratory, Kirsch is either volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, staying active outdoors or exploring San Francisco.