ICSI Center

Molecular Genetics Research Laboratory for Male Infertility / Advanced Micromanipulation Research Laboratory on Mammalian Gametes


Our field of interest is to device and execute research projects in reproductive biology. The main focus is on designing and carrying out research projects on the physiology of human gametes, spermatozoa, and oocytes in order to understand their maturation and interaction. Other fields of interest are the genetic basis responsible for spermatogenesis and to explore techniques for assessment of aneuploidy of eggs and sperm. Systematically device and organize follow-up studies to investigate the wellbeing of children born from assisted reproductive technologies (ART), IVF, ICSI, and those resulting from cryopreservation. Investigate methods to enhance the efficiency of cryopreservation procedures of human eggs.


Dr. Palermo pioneered the ICSI procedure which revolutionized treatment for male-factor infertility. He has personally performed thousands of ICSI procedures which have led to successful pregnancies and babies for couples with infertility. He continues active academic research pertaining to all fields of gamete and embryo science, he has been appointed professorships at major teaching institutions throughout the world. Dr. Palermo has also delivered more than 157 presentations before international audiences on topic in reproductive medicine, most often related to his pioneering research. He has presented more than 164 abstracts, prepared dozens of book chapters and proceedings and authored or co-authored 101 peer reviewed articles for medical journals including the first reports on the use of ICSI in the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Palermo earned his M.D. at the School of Medicine at the University of Bari in Bari, Italy and his M.Sc. at Brussels Free University in Belgium.  He also completed extensive post-doctoral training both in Italy and in Belgium. Dr. Palermo obtained his PhD at Monash University in Victoria, Australia with Professor Alan Trounson in the field of Reproduction and Development.