Internationally known fertility researcher speaks to students

New Mexico State University alumnus Klaus Wiemer, an internationally renowned and award-winning researcher in fertility and embryology, visited the campus in October to engage with NMSU professors and students and present a public talk titled “Human IVF-Where are we now?”

Wiemer, the lab director/part owner at Poma Fertility as well as owner of KEW Technology, graduated from NMSU in 1985 with a master’s degree in reproductive physiology. He later earned his Ph.D. in reproductive physiology with an emphasis on embryology from Louisiana State University.

“My time at NMSU proved to be invaluable,” said Wiemer. “It helped me become the person I am today and helped prepare me to face all the challenges we face today both as a professional and a person.”

He was one of the first embryologists in the U.S. to achieve pregnancies with human blastocysts, a structure formed in the early development of mammals, which is transferred during an in-vitro fertilization treatment. Having successfully directed several IVF programs in the United States, Wiemer went on to oversee several IVF labs all of which consistently produced some of the highest pregnancy rates in the country.

“I felt like this was truly something that could let me work for a greater good of helping people. And yet at the same time I was getting into this field early enough that it would really allow me to make some major contributions in people’s lives,” Wiemer said.