Mission and Vision

Mission: Engage in innovative research that leads to impactful discoveries in all aspects of human reproduction, while fostering a team-centric, inclusive mentoring environment. 

Vision: Be a leading research hub that accelerates knowledge to improve human reproductive health.

    Research Topics

    Investigators in the Division of Reproductive Sciences are focused on a broad range of topics related to reproductive health, including:  

    • Placental development and function
    • Placental immunology
    • Pre-eclampsia
    • Prematurity
    • Uterine fibroids
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Cervical cancer
    • Uterine contractility and abnormal labor
    • Urinary microbiome
    • Overactive bladder
    • Epigenetics and epigenomics of gynecologic health and disease
    • Imprinted genes in reproductive health and outcomes
    • Impacts of the preconception environment

    In addition to studies using human specimens and data, we use a number of model systems, including for example:

    In vitro models:

    • Placental trophoblast cell lines, stem cells, primary cells and placental barrier-on-a-chip. 
    • Organoid models of ovarian cancer
    • Stem cell model of spermatogenesis

    In vivo models:

    • Rabbit and rat model of reproductive health and the health of offspring including immune function and neurobehavioral development. 
    • Rat model of ovarian cancer
    • Mouse models of ovarian cancer