Christopher J. De Jonge, PhD, HCLD

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health (OBGYN)

Christopher J. De Jonge

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-372-7050

Fax 612-372-7040

Office Address:
Reproductive Medicine Center
606 24th Ave S, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mailing Address:
Dept. of OB/GYN & Women’s Health
MMC 395 Mayo
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health (OBGYN)

Embryologist; Laboratory Director

PhD, Rush University

Post Doctorate, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center (Section Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility)


Dr. De Jonge is the Senior Director of Laboratory Operations, Reproductive Medicine Center.

He is a board-certified High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director with the American Board of Bioanalysis and a board-certified Embryologist with the American College of Embryology.

He has served on many national and international bodies that are responsible for establishing laboratory standards including the World Health Organization.

Dr. De Jonge received his Ph.D. from the Department of Physiology at Rush University in Chicago and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology/ Infertility from that same institution.

Awards & Recognition

Co-investigator/author of research publication cited by TIME magazine as 2010 Top Ten Medical Breakthroughs, 2010

British Medical Association Medical Book Competition. “Highly Commended” Obstetrics & Gynaecology for “The Sperm Cell: Production, Maturation, Fertilization, Regeneration.”, 2007

American Society of Andrology, "Young Andrologist Award", 1995

Outstanding Achievement, College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1994

The Graduate College Award, 1989


Research Summary/Interests

Research Projects

  • Stage-Specific Genomic Characterization of Human Preimplantion Embryos
  • Molecular Genetic Analysis of Human Imprinting and Assisted Reproduction
  • Human oocyte and ovarian tissue cryopreservation


For a list of publications, see PubMed.

Wong CC, Loewke KE, Behr B, Bossert NL, Raja R, De Jonge CJ, Baer TM, Reijo Pera R (2010). Correlated time-lapse imaging and single-cell gene expression in human embryogenesis. Nat. Biotechnol. 28, 1115–1121.

De Jonge CJ (2005). Biological basis for human capacitation. Human Reprod Update 11:205.

Doherty CM, Tarchala SM, Radwanska E, De Jonge CJ (1995). Characterization of two second messenger pathways and their interactions in eliciting the human sperm acrosome reaction. J Androl 16:36.



  • Reproductive Medicine


Reproductive Medicine Center

Board Certifications

Embryologist, American College of Embryology; 

High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director, American Board of Bioanalysis