Ki Aston completed his Ph.D. at Utah State University in 2007. For his dissertation research he evaluated factors associated with somatic cell nuclear transfer efficiency and nuclear reprogramming. He was involved in bovine nuclear transfer and was part of the first group to successfully clone an equine species. Upon completion of his graduate training, Ki joined the Andrology and IVF lab at the University of Utah as a Post-Doctoral Fellow under Dr. Douglas Carrell, an internationally renowned expert in Andrology and IVF to continue his research and initiate his clinical training. In 2011 he received a faculty appointment and is currently an associate professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine. In addition to his clinical work as the Andrology and IVF Lab Director, he maintains an active research program. His research is focused on identifying genetic and epigenetic factors associated with male infertility, and he is co-founder of two international consortia to study the genetics of male infertility, The Genetics of Male Infertility Initiative (GEMINI) and the International Male Infertility Consortium (IMIGC). In his free time, Ki loves spending time in the outdoors with his wife and four children pursuing activities including mountain biking, fly fishing, backpacking and skiing. He’s excited to join the team at Westlake IVF!