Our team

Our team are experts committed to preserving fertility in cancer patients

Dr Julia KopeikaThe clinical lead for the Fertility Preservation Service at Assisted Conception Unit at Guy’s and St Thomas'

Julia is the lead clinician for the oncology fertility service at Guy’s and St Thomas’, which provides fertility preservation to patients of reproductive age who require chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Julia achieved a PhD in reproductive biology and cryobiology at the University of Bedford, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus. She completed the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) accredited subspecialty in reproductive medicine and surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas', where she was appointed as a consultant.

She is dedicated to her patients and clinical practice and an empathetic trainer of the next generation of doctors and nurses.

Julia is an active researcher in reproductive medicine. Her research on freezing sperm, eggs and embryos has been awarded by various international scientific societies.

Professor Dusko IlicProfessor of Stem Cell Science, King's College London

The focus of Professor Ilic’s work is translational aspects of human reproduction and stem cell research.

Professor Yacoub Khalaf Professor of Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, King’s College London, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Guy’s and Thomas' Director of the Centre for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

Professor Khalaf is committed to improving patient care as a clinician, service leader and advocate of evidence-based medicine. He is immediate past Chair of Clinical Studies Group in Reproductive Medicine at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and he is currently the Chair of the Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

Maxine Semple OCT Team Lead, clinical embryologist and lead clinical scientist, Guy's and St Thomas' and King's College London

Maxine is a certified embryologist by training, with extensive hands-on experience in clinical and regulatory aspects of assisted reproductive technologies.

Stefano CodognottoQuality Manager, King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

The focus of Stefano’s work is quality aspects of ovarian tissue cryopreservation service and cellular therapy. His area of expertise is inspection readiness and quality compliance with UK regulators – the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA).