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Prospective Students

Graduate and undergraduate students interested in reproductive physiology and endocrinology are encouraged to apply. Our current model organisms are naked mole-rats and transgenic mice – refer to research tab for details. However, students are encouraged to consider other systems that might better address their area(s) of interest. Research on AMH in exotic species (e.g., cheetahs) is a small project that would require considerable expansion in order to support a graduate student's dissertation. Trainees in my lab learn and use a variety of techniques to research questions at multiple levels of investigation (e.g. qRT-PCR, single-cell RNA-seq, measures of immune function, inflammation and fibrosis, immunohistochemistry, assessments of fertility and fecundity).

Students interested in pursuing graduate work in my lab should contact me directly after they have read the statement of my current research interests and some of the papers that are listed on my publication page. If you decide our interests are well matched, please send a letter and C.V. via email (, and describe why you think my lab would be a good fit for you. I usually reply promptly, but send a follow-up email in a couple of weeks if you’ve not heard back from me.

I am a faculty member in the Graduate Field of Biomedical & Biological  Sciences (BBS), which is administratively housed in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University ( The Research Specialties within the BBS Field that I cover are Reproductive Biology and Wildlife Conservation. Details regarding the admissions and degree requirements for the BBS Program can be found within the link provided. As part of the BBS Graduate Program, students are expected to complete three lab/research rotations during their first year of study. Based on that experience, students then join a lab that suits them best.