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Our Laboratory Team

Over the past decade, the overwhelming majority of advances and innovations in assisted reproductive medicine have occurred at the level of the fertility laboratory. We are fortunate to have extraordinary scientists responsible for the stewardship of all our andrology and embryology services. Our laboratory team applies a precise and consistent approach to each case to ensure both safety and superior success rates.


Wenling Zhang, PhD HCLD
Wenling Zhang, PhD HCLD
Laboratory Director

Dr. Zhang is an American Board of Bioanalysis certified Technical Supervisor. She has 20 years of experience with in vitro fertilization, embryo development and micromanipulation.  After obtaining her PhD from the Institute of Developmental Biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001, she received extensive post-doctoral research training in Developmental Biology at Pierre and Marie Curie University and with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University. She joined Prelude Fertility as a Biologist Technical Supervisor in 2015 after 8 years of work as a clinical embryologist at the Toronto Institute for Reproductive Medicine.  Most recently, she joined Prelude Fertility Austin in 2016 as the Laboratory Supervisor, transitioning to the role of Lab Director in 2018.


Maile McCharen
Maile McCharen
Embryologist / Andrologist

Maile graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Bioenvironmental Science.  She has over 13 years of experience in andrology and began her fertility career with Fairfax Cryobank.  In 2014, she assisted with the opening and managing of the Fairfax Cryobank laboratory location in Houston, Texas.  After a decade with Fairfax, her passion lead her to transition to embryology so she could expand her role of helping people on their journey to parenthood.

Maile began her embryology career working for Houston Fertility Institute and joined Austin Fertility Laboratory in  2020.  Outside of work, Maile spends as much time as possible with her family and friends and enjoys outdoor activities and travelling. Her mission for helping others motivates her to work hard to continue developing her skills to best serve her patients building their families.


Cyndi Cejka
Cyndi Cejka
Laboratory Manager

Cyndi previously served as a surgical technician for many years in both hospital and ambulatory surgery settings, most recently for more than a half decade with fertility patients at Austin Premier Surgery Center and Austin Fertility Institute.  She has been a patient financial counselor for the last four years. Most recently, Cyndi completed her graduate coursework, obtaining  a Masters in Accounting from the University of Alabama 2018.

Cyndi has lived in Texas for most of her life and is married with two daughters. Family and friends are very important to Cyndi and she loves to spend time with them. When she can, Cyndi loves to watch a good romantic comedy or curl up with a good book.

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