Prof Johan Smitz MD PhD is based at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine (CRG) at the Free University Brussels (VUB), Belgium. He graduated as M.D. in 1980 and obtained his speciality in Clinical Pathology/Biochemistry/ Radio-Isotopes in 1986. He sub-specialised in Reproductive Medicine and got his PhD in 1993. He obtained also a degree in Andrology from the University Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI (France). From 1986 onwards He has been the head of the Endocrine Laboratory of the University Hospital. He became Professor of Endocrine Physiology and Reproductive Medicine in 1997 at VUB. He founded the Follicle Biology (FOBI) Research Laboratory in 1997. His main research activities are directed towards the implementation of basic techniques related to oocyte biology from the research laboratory into the clinical activities of the Centre for Reproductive Medicine of the VUB.
Prof Smitz is Invited Professor at Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima (Peru) and Director of the Laboratory for Reproduction and Oncofertility (Lab 406) since 2018. He also holds an Honorary Professor title at the University of San Marcos (La Decana de Las Americas) since 2010.
Prof Johan Smitz is also co-founder of Fertiga SA and LAVIMA Fertility Inc, two Spin-off companies from the Free University Brussels (VUB), who develop in-vitro technologies to increase access to Assisted Reproduction treatments. Prof Smitz has more than 350 registered publications in the NCBI database and is active in several scientific societies.