Melissa Gilkey, M.S. serves as the laboratory Andrologist at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF. Melissa joined the team in February 2017. She received her BSc degree in Microbiology from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX in 2012. She earned a MSc degree in Biology, with a focus in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2014 from Texas State University. She was the recipient of the “Thesis Research Fellowship Scholarship” in 2014, and was selected for the Colene Drace Cellular & Molecular Biology Award. Melissa is currently the Safety Manager at Westlake IVF and educates and trains of all clinical and laboratory members of the Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF group in safety. She is the practice’s Clinical Trial Coordinator and serves as the patient-physician liaison. She is also training to certify as an Andrology and Embryology Technical Supervisor through the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) and is a member of the American Society of Andrology (ASA). Her research interests include: cell signaling inhibition assays, cell fractionation and protein isolation, mammalian cell culture and aseptic technique, and live cell imaging.