Dr Marie-Pierre Primi studied biology at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse (France). She obtained her doctorate at the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse in 1986. As a winner of a Pharmaceutical Industry Research Foundation award, she obtained a bursary for one year's training in London;while there, she obtained a position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the London Hospital Medical College for two years.
Returning to Switzerland in 1989, she held the post of biologist in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the CHUV for two years, then worked as a Junior Lecturer in the Faculty of Biology and Medicine at the University of Lausanne for five years .
Since 1997, Dr Marie-Pierre Primi has worked in the Andrology and Reproductive Biology Laboratory (ARBL) at the CHUV. Part of her work was done in the CMAR (Centre for Medically Assisted Reproduction - Clinique Cecil), rotating with her work at the CHUV until 31 August 2005.
In September 2005, she took over the direction of the ARBL at the CHUV. She supervises all the routine work of the laboratory, validates the tests and gives her advice and recommendations to doctors who seek them and to patients. She is also responsible for quality control in the laboratory, which is ISO 15189:2012 accredited and ISO 2001:2008 certified.
Dr Primi has extensive experience in the various laboratory techniques applicable to medically assisted reproduction and the preservation of fertility. In July 2015, she performed the first cryopreservation of testicular pulp in Switzerland as part of our HUG-CHUV research protocol "Preservation of fertility in boys".