Laboratory Team

Karen Schnauffer

Karen Schnauffer

Laboratory Director & HFEA Person Responsible

Karen is a Consultant Embryologist with a career spanning over 25 years. She has a huge amount of experience within the world of IVF, and not only being a working embryologist has also been instrumental in setting up four IVF laboratories, and introducing new services and new technologies in the world of Assisted Conception. She is also responsible for providing training to many embryologists from the UK and abroad over the last 23 years. Karen has previously been responsible for leading the largest embryology team in the UK and was the first person to be appointed as a HFEA Person Responsible over two separate IVF centres. She is frequently approached by colleagues, both nationally and internationally, for advice and support, and has been invited to sit on various expert groups for the HFEA and within the commercial sector. She has held numerous positions for the Association of Clinical Embryologists and was a member of the steering group to amalgamate the professional bodies; the Association of Biomedical Andrologists (ABA), the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) and the British Andrology Society (BAS) to form the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS). For the last four years Karen has also been the Programme Chair for the annual Fertility meetings for the Association of Clinical Embryologists and now continues this role for the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists. Karen has a strong interest in research and although her passion is in the world of human IVF, she has previously successfully developed an ICSI programme in horses and produced the first time-lapse images of equine embryos.

Caroline Watkins

Dr Caroline Watkins

Senior Embryologist

Caroline has more than 15 years’ experience as an embryologist. As the first embryologist in RHG she helped set up the clinic, gain the first HFEA licence, and performed the first egg collection and embryo transfer in 2014.

Before her career in embryology, Caroline completed a BSc in Medical Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield and then gained a PhD in Immunology.

Before joining RHG she trained as an embryologist in a busy NHS IVF unit, where she worked for seven years. She is very knowledgeable in all areas of laboratory maintenance and quality control, but loves that, in her role, she can combine her scientific expertise with hands-on patient care.

Oluwasegun Babatunde


Oluwasegun (Baba) joined RHG in January 2019 and has over 12 years experience as a Clinical Embryologist. Baba’s embryology career began in Nigeria and he completed his training at the CHU Saint Pierre Hospital and then at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine Universitair Ziekenhuis in Brussels.

Ana García Sifre


Ana is on secondment to RHG IVF Life from IVF Spain in Alicante, which she joined in November 2018. She studied at University of Valencia and qualified in 2017. While at the Daresbury clinic she is one of the laboratory team, including doing IVF, ICSI and biopsy procedures. She also works across all departments to help with the integration of RHG fully into the IVF Life Group.