Diane Tober, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Tober is a medical anthropologist who has conducted extensive research on numerous subjects related to family creation, including: the impact of infertility on people's lives, how single women and lesbian couples create their families through assisted reproductive technologies, sperm donor decisions and experiences, and egg donors' experiences and decisions. She also conducted research in Iran comparing perceptions and use of family planning among Afghan refugees and low income Iranians, as well as a pilot study on Iran's remunerated kidney transplant system.


Her book, Romancing the Sperm: Shifting Biopolitics and the Making of Modern Families was published by Rutgers University Press in 2018. In addition to her current research on egg donation, she is also producing and directing documentary films on egg donation in the US and abroad. Her current research on egg donors in the United States and Spain is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Kezia Mostak MS, CPM

Data Analyst


Kezia is a licensed midwife and recent graduate of the UCSF Global Health Institute’s masters of science program, where she refined her skills in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. Through her experiences as a peace corps volunteer in Sub-Saharan Africa and a midwife on the US/Mexican border she has cultivated an intimate understanding of reproductive health and motherhood across cultures. As the newest member of the research team, Kezia is excited to learn more about the sociocultural context of egg donation through the lens of egg donor experiences and hopes to pursue a PhD in medical anthropology with continued focus in reproductive health. 

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