Seminar Series


Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 927 2692 7126

Passcode: 238565

Upcoming Seminars 2021 - 2022


November 3
"Leveraging alllele specific expression analysis to study cis-regulation of gene expression in cancers."
Arko Sen, Ph.D.
Research Associate
McVicker Lab
Salk Institute of Biologcal Sciences
November 17
"Guiding the next generation: new roles for isoprenoids in embryonic germ cell development"
Lacy J Barton
K99/R00 Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Ruth Lehmann's Lab
Skirball Institute, NYU School of Medicine
December 1
"Ovarian reserve formation and maintenance the foundation of precision medicine for ovarian function and health."
Lei Lei, PhD
Associate Professor
The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
December 8 
Mike R. Wilson, Ph.D.
NCI K99 Postdoctoral Fellow 
Michigan State University
January 19
Indira U. Mysorekar, Ph.D.
Wagner Endowed Professor
Chief of Basic and Translational Research and Vice Chief,
Section for Infectious Diseases,
Vice Chair for Research Group,
Margaret M and Albert B Alkek Department of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
February 23
Chas Easley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator 
Environmental Health Science
College of Public Health 
Environmental Health Science and Regenerative Bioscience Center
University of Georgia
April Shawn L. Chavez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Division of Reproductive & Developmental Sciences
Oregon National Primate Research Center
Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Molecular & Medical Genetics, and Biomedical Engineering
Oregon Health & Science University
May 25 Ki-Wook Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Regenerative Medicine
College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
June 22
Kathleen R. Cho, MD
Peter A. Ward Professor of Pathology
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
Director, Gynecologic Pathology
Professor of Internal Medicine
Department of Pathology
Michigan Medicine
University of Michigan

Past Seminars


"The cGAS-STING Pathway and Therapeutic Vulnerabilities of Ovarian Cancer"
Madhuri Koti, DVM, MV.Sc, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Deparments of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology Cancer Biology and Genetics Division, Queen's Cancer Research Institute Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
"Delivery of an Anti-inflammatory Drug Using Extracellular Vesicles to Reduce Infection-Associated Fetal Inflammatory Response and the Risk of Preterm Birth"
Ramkumar Menon, M.S., Ph.D.
 Dept of OB-GYN/Cell Biology
The University of Texas Medical Branch @ Galveston


"Protection and Preparation: Molecular Multitasking to Achieve Cervical Remodeling Through Pregnancy"
Mala S. Mahendroo, Ph.D.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
"The Progenesis Study"
Roohi Jeelani, M.D., FACOG.
Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist, Director of Research and Co-Director, Fertility Preservation and Ovarian Aging Center of Excellence at Vios Fertility Institute


"Environmental Factors and Maternal-Child Health in Metropolitan Detroit"
Andrea E. Cassidy-Bushrow, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Henry Ford Health System
Department of Public Health Sciences
1 Ford Place, 5C
"Principles of CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Targeting in Mouse and Rat Models"
Thomas Saunders, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Transgenic Animal Model Care
University of Michigan
"Ovarian Cancer: Genes and Hormones"
Jaeyon Kim, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Melvin & Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center
Indiana University School of Medicine

Yaddanapudi Ravindranath, M.B., B.S.
Profesor of Pediatrics
Georgie Ginopolis Chair for Pediatric Cancer and Hematology
Wayne State University School of Medicine

"Real-time chemical tools to modulate dynamic sugar signaling in cells."
Charlie Fehl, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Wayne State University 
June Britany Affolter-Caine, Ph.D.
URC Executive Director
Michigan's University Research Corridor
"Cell Cycle Control of Oocytes Meiosis"
Joshua Bembenek, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
MCDB Department
University of Michigan
September Sorin Draghici, Ph.D.
Director, James and Patricia Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute
College of Engineering 
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Director of the Intelligent Systems and Bioinformatics Laboratory
Wayne State University
October 13
"Molecular Mechanisms of Transcriptional Addiction in Cancer."
Ata Abbas, M.S., Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Division of Hematology and Oncology
Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Member, Developmental Therapeutic Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
October 20 Patty Yuhas Kieleszewski, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Contract Administration
Wayne State University
Sponsored Program Administration
October 27
"Long-term memory of adverse prenatal micronutrient environment on offspring"
Masako Suzuki, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine



"Stopping Pre-Term Labor by Electrical Inhibition of the Myometrium"
Frederick Naftolin, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine Course Director, Human Reproduction Director, Reproductive Biology Research
New York University, Langone Health


"MNRR1, a Moonlighting Target for Mitochondrial Heterosplasmy"
Siddesh Aras, MBBS, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Center of Molecular Medicine and Genetics

March - September

Cancelled Due to Covid-19


"Molecular Insights into Regulation of Early Lineage Formation and Pluripotency in Preimplantation Embryos"
Jason Knott, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Animal Science
Michigan State University


"Post-copulatory Genetic Matchmaking – Towards a Deeper Understanding of Fertilization and Infertility"
Jukka Kekalainen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Eastern Finland


"Placental Small Extracellular Vesicles in Maternal-Fetal Communication and Pregnancy Health"
Yoel Sadovsky, M.D.
Executive Director, Magee-Womens Research Institute, Elsie Hilliard Hillman Chair of Women's Health Research, Distinguished Professor of OB-GYN, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Vice Chair (research), Department of OBG-YN and Reproductive Sciences, Associate Dean, Women's Health Research and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Magee-Womens Research Institute

The seminars are currently held virtually due to COVID-19. Please contact for more information.