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BBS PhD Program

Reproductive Biology


FacultyResearch Area(s)
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Doug Antczak

Pregnancy immunology; immunogenetics; equine immunology


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Sarah Caddy
understanding the protective activity of non-neutralising antibodies; unravel the negative activities of antiviral antibodies; maternal antibodies - Caddy lab
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Soon Hon Cheong
Postpartum ovarian and uterine health; epidemiology; regenerative medicine; microfluidics and assisted reproductive techniques - Cheong lab
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Paula E. Cohen
Etiology of spontaneous birth defects in mammals; mechanisms of meiotic recombination; DNA repair proteins in meiosis and recombination; germ cell development; ovarian development - Cohen lab
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Pierre Comizzoli

Reproductive physiology; fertility preservation and control for rare and endangered species; assisted reproductive techniques; cryobiology of gametes and reproductive tissues; biostabilization

Faculty member located at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute- works with Smithsonian Joint Graduate Training Program students 

Pic of Erin DaughterityErin Daughterity(Minor Member) As a trained, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) board certified veterinarian, Dr. Erin Daugherity has a strong interest in animal models of disease, the humane use of animals used in teaching and research, and applying the 3 R’s (reduce, refine, replace) to the use of animals in research.
Pic of Mandi de MestreMandi de Mestreprocesses for a healthy pregnancy and delivery of a neonate, pathologies that compromise pregnancy. Improve diagnostics and treatments for pregnancy conditions, primarily in the mare

Arunika Das

genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of chromosome inheritance and aging during meiosis and early development.
Pic of Mariana Diel de AmorimMariana Diel de Amorimequine theriogenology; equine maternal recognition of pregnancy; equine endometritis

Callum Donnelly
Theriogenology, equine genomics/ epigenomics, pregnancy/placental physiology, Vitamin E
Jongmin Kim

Jongmin Kim 


Gene silencing in germ cells.
- chromatin structure and transcriptional fidelity in spermatogenesis.
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Siu Sylvia Lee
Molecular genetics of aging; signaling pathways of nutrient sensing; molecular basis of stress response - Lee lab
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Marla Lujan
Nutritional regulation of fertility; endocrinology and metabolism; polycystic ovary syndrome; ultrasonography - Lujan lab
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Motoko Mukai
Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs); neuroendocrine regulation; reproductive, developmental and metabolic health effect of toxic compounds found in food - Mukai lab
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Alexander Nikitin
Stem cells and cancer; pathogenesis of ovarian and prostate cancers; modeling of human disease in genetically modified mice and human organoids - Nikitin lab
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Kimberly O'Brien
Calcium metabolism and bone health; control of maternal/fetal nutrient; partitioning and cellular mineral transport; micronutrient status in international settings; development of mass spectrometric methodology; pediatric bone health; pregnancy and mineral metabolism in adolescents - O'Brien lab
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Ned J. Place
Mammalian reproductive biology with a focus on the life history of trade-offs associated with timing of hormone secretion and reproductive effort; sexual differentiation; female reproductive aging - Place lab
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John Schimenti
Genetics of reproduction and germ cell development; cancer genetics; meiosis; DNA repair; genome manipulation in mice; functional genomics - Schimenti lab
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Vimal Selvaraj
Pluripotency and stem cells; regenerative medicine; animal biotechnology; technologies for wildlife conservation - Selvaraj lab
Pic of Marcus SmolkaMarcus SmolkaCell signaling and genome maintenance; DNA replication stress; phosphoproteomics
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Paul Soloway
Epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in mammals; Chromatin changes associated with neuropathy using single cell analyses - lab
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Nucharin Songsasen

Reproductive biology; cyrobiology; wildlife conservation

Faculty member located at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute- works with Smithsonian Joint Graduate Training Program students 

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Alexander J. Travis
Comparative biology of male germ cells; signaling and metabolism of sperm during capacitation; organization of lipid raft membrane sub-domains in sperm; applications of technologies using reproductive stem cells for wildlife conservation - Travis lab
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Robert S. Weiss
Molecular mechanisms for the maintenance of genomic stability; cellular responses to DNA damage; mouse models of human cancer - Weiss lab
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Mariana Wolfner
Genetic, molecular, developmental, and evolutionary studies of seminal proteins' functions in fertility, and of mechanisms of egg activation and initiation of embryogenesis; investigate conserved phenomena in reproductive biology, using primarily the Drosophila model system - Wolfner lab