As laboratory director, Dr. Behnke supervises all of the highly technical procedures performed at IRH. These include in-vitro fertilization, ICSI, oocyte and embryo cryopreservation, and Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, as well and andrology and endocrine diagnostic testing.
Dr. Behnke has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Minnesota for research on sperm capacitation and oocytes maturation and in vitro fertilization, following a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry from Michigan State University and a Master of Sciences degree in Animal Physiology from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Behnke directed the Reproductive Studies Laboratory at Bethesda Hospital and developed and directed the in-vitro fertilization laboratory at Bethesda Hospital. In 1992 she moved to The Christ Hospital to open and direct The Center for Reproductive Studies, in association with the Greater Cincinnati Institute for Reproductive Health. In 2001, Dr. Behnke designed and directed the new ART laboratories at the Institute for Reproductive Healthat Rookwood and served as laboratory director at IRH until 2006. Dr. Behnke returned to IRH after directing the Kettering Reproductive Medicine Laboratory until April, 2011. She has also served as off-site director for several other laboratories located in Charleston WV, Jupiter FL, Cincinnati, OH and Cleveland OH
Dr. Behnke is board certified as a High-Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director by the American Board of Bioanalysis with subspecialty proficiency in embryology and andrology. Dr. Behnke has presented numerous roundtable sessions and postgraduate courses, and currently serves on the SART Executive Council. Serving as a laboratory inspector since 1994, Dr. Behnke was appointed as Commissioner for the Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation Program for the College of American Pathologists (CAP). She is also a member of the CAP Reproductive Medicine Resource Committee. Professional memberships includethe American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), American Association of Bioanalysts (ABB). She is also a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.