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Reproductive Sciences Seminars

Reproductive Sciences Seminars are generally scheduled September through May on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Additional special seminars are noted below. These are basic/translational and other research topics across the entire breadth of reproductive sciences and women's health research topics. Location is RC2, 3rd floor Conference room (P15-3109). All are welcome!

For additional information or to meet a visiting speak​er or to suggest a speaker, please contact:

Dr. Raj Kumar, PhD Seminar Series Co-Director.

Dr. Heidi Wilson, PhD Seminar Series Co-Director.

Office: (303) 724-3506   Fax: (303) 724 3512

Sponsored by Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Division of Reproductive Sciences.​​​​

​​​Date ​Speaker ​Affiliation ​Title
​9/5/2017 Clyde Wright, MD
Associate Professor
​Department of Pediatrics-Neonatology
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
​Oxygen Toxicity in the Premature Lung: Can We Separate the Signal from the Inevitable Consequence?​
​9/19/2017 Kathleen Barnes, PhD
Director, Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine
Head, Division of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine
​University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus ​Ancestry, Genetic Risk, and Better Treatment Through Personalized Medicine
​9/26/2017​ Warren Nothnick, PhD, HCLD
Professor (with Tenure)
Vice Chair
Director, Center for Reproductive Health Sciences
​Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Kansas University Medical Center
​New Insights Into the Pathophysiology of Endometriosis: The role of miR-451a​
​10/03/2017 Ivana Yang, PhD
Associate Professor
​Department of Medicine, University of Colorado
Center for Genes, Environment and Health, National Jewish Health
Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health
​Epigenetic Marks of In Utero Exposure to Gestational Diabetes and Childhood Adiposity Outcomes: The EPOCH Study
10/17/2017​ Alexandre Bonnin, PhD
Assistant Professor
​Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Department of Cell & Neurogiology, Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
​Prenatal Exposures and Placental Serotonin: a Potential Pathway for the Developmental Programming of Mental Diseases
​10/24/2017 Heidi Wilson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Reproductive Sciences
University of Colorado
​Novel Functions of a Tight Junction Protein in the Progression of Ovarian Cancer
​10/31/2017 Kian Behbakht, MD
Division Chief
​Division of Gynecologic Oncology
University of Colorado
Opportunities for translational research in ovarian cancer
​11/07/2017 Jennifer Richer, PhD
​Department of Pathology, University of Colorado
​TNBC and Serous Ovarian Cancer: High-jacking a Program of Immune-Suppression from Trophoblasts
​11/21/2017 Colleen Julian, PhD
Assistant Professor
​Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine
University of Colorado
​Developmental Origins of Pulmonary Vascular Dysfunction
​12/05/2017 Yevgeniya Ioffe, MD
Assistant Professor
​Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
​Mechanism of Tumor Suppressor miRNA-7 Downregulation in Ovarian Cancer: Role of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition Factor Snail
​12/12/2017  ​Theresa Powell
​​Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology
University of Colorado
​Maternal Obesity, Placental Function and Long Term Health
​​12/19/2017 Ramon Lorca, PhD
​Division of Reproductive Sciences
University of Colorado
​Effects of High Altitude on AMPK Activation and Maternal Uterine Vascular Function During Pregnancy​
​01/16/2018 Sandra Davidge, PhD
​Departments of OB/Gyn and Physiology
Executive Director, Women and Children's Health Research
Institute Canada Research Chair
in Maternal and Perinatal Cardiovascular Health
University of Alberta
​Preeclampsia: New Insights for the Mechanisms of Vascular Dysfunction​
​01/23/2018 Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, MD
​Departments of Medicine, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
Associate Dean for Research Education SOM
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Director, Physician Scientist Residency Training Program
​Peregrinations of a Persistant Scientist: From Pituitary Biology to Bone Formation to Breast Cancer and Beyond​
​01/30/2018 Fredrick Joseph, PhD
​Division of Reproductive Sciences
University of Colorado
​Mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) Regulates Trophoblast Amino Acid Transport and Pancreatic ß​ Cell Function
​02/06/2018 Anil Sood, MD
​Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine
Director, Ovarian Cancer Research
Vice Chair, Translational Research
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
​Therapeutic Applications of Non-Coding RNAs
​​02/27/2017 Christopher Baker, MD
Associate Professor
​Pediatrics - Pulmonary Medicine
Director, Ventilator Care Program
University of Colorado
​Umbilical Cord and Cord Blood Progenitors: Opportunities for Collaboration
​03/20/2017 Pamela Moalli, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
​Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
University of Pittsburgh, Division of Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
​The Science Behind Urogynecologic Meshes: Learning from Current Products to Improve Future Materials​​
​04/03/2018 George Saade, MD
Professor and Jennie Sealy Smith Distinguished Chair
​Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Texas Medical Branch
​Statins for the Prevention of Preeclampsia
​04/17/2018 Paul MacLean, PhD
​Division of Endocrinology/
Metabolism/Diabetes & Pathology
Department of Medicine
University of Colorado
​Merging Models for Menopause: A Tumor's Tale of Two Mammary Glands
​04/24/2018 ​Emin Maltepe, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
​Department of Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
​HIF-dependent Integration of Trophoblast Fate and Metabolism in the Placenta
​05/01/2018 Ben Bitler, PhD
Assistant Professor
​Division of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Colorado
​Targeting Wnt Signaling in Therapy Resistant Ovarian Cancer
​05/15/2018 Alex Polotsky, MD
Associate Professor & Division Chief
​​Division of Reproductive Endocrinology
Division of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Colorado
​Obesity is Associated with Decreased Pituitary LH and FSH, Inadequate Folliculogenesis and Reduced Ovarian Steroid and Protein Production: WHY?
​05/22/2018 Jenifer Monks, PhD

​Divison of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Colorado
​​Cell Biology of Lactation: Docking and Stimulated Secretion of Milk Fat Globules
​​Date​​​​ ​Speaker ​Affiliation ​Title
​​09/06/20​16​ ​Thomas Jansson, MD, PhD​
Chief, Division of Reproductive Sciences
​Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​mTOR as a critical regulator of fetal growth: From mechanisms to intervention
​09/13/2016 Joshua Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor
​Department of Obstetrics & Gyncecology
Division of Reproductive Sciences
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​The Impact of Fragile X Premutation Upon Ovarian Follicle Development and Survival
Monday @ 12pm
Carlos Salomon, PhD ​The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research
Brisbane, Australia
​The potential role of exosomes in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Focus on pregnancy complications and ovarian cancer
​09/27/2016 Sanaz Memarzadeh, MD, PhD
Professor with Tenure
​Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital
​Insights into mechanisms of platinum resistance pave the path for personalizing ovarian cancer therapy
​10/04/2016 Laura Cox, PhD
Scientist, Vice Chair of Genetics
​Texas Biomedical Research Institute ​Maternal nutrition during pregnancy and offspring energy management - studies in nonhuman primates.
​10/11/2016 Kurt Stenmark, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Anesthesiology
​Head, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Director, Cardiovascular Pulmonary Research and Developmental Lung Biology Laboratories
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​Metabolic Control of Vascular Cell Phenotype in Pulmonary Hypertension: Similarities to Cancer
​10/18/2016 ​Dean's Distinguished
Susan Ozanne, PhD ​University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
​Mechanisms underlying the developmental origins of metabolic disease: are we ready to intervene?
​10/25/2016 Kristen Boyle, PhD
Assistant Professor
​Department of Pediatrics
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​Maternal Obesity and the Fetal Programming of Disordered Metabolism
​11/01/2016 Russ Anthony, PhD
Hill Professor of Biotechnology
​Department of Biomedical Sciences
Colorado State University
​A new tale for an old hormone
Vadivel Ganapathy, PhD
Department Chair of Cell Biology and Biochemistry
​Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center ​The good and ugly sides of the iron-overload disease Hemochromatosis​
​11/15/2016 ​Dean's Distinguished
Jason Cyster, PhD
​UCSF Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
​Deciphering the Guidance Cue Code for B Cell Immunity
​11/22/2016 ​Thanksgiving Break
​11/29/2016 Lee Niswander, PhD
​Pediatrics-Developmental Biology
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​Genetics of neural tube defects and environmental impacts on neural tube closure
​12/06/2016 Michael J Soares, PhD
University Distinguished Professor
​Director, Institute for Reproductive Health and Regenerative Medicine
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Kansas Medical Center
​Adaptive mechanisms regulating placental development
​Vikki M Abrahams, PhD
Associate Professor
​Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Division of Reproductive Sciences & Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
​Mechanisms of placental inflammation in obstetric antiphospholipid syndrome
​12/20/2016 ​Christmas Break
​12/26/2016 ​Christmas Break
​01/03/2017 Kathleen Connell, MD
Associate Professor
​Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​Oxytocin Receptor Response in Uterosacral Ligaments
​01/10/2017 Gerrit J Bouma, PhD
Associate Professor
​Department of Biomedical Sciences
Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory
Colorado State University
​Androgen signaling and the placenta
​01/17/2017 ​Dean's Distinguished
Carl H June, MD
​Richard Vague Professor in Immunotherapy
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine/Center for Cellular Immunotherapies
University of Pennsylvania
​CAR T Cells for Cancer
​01/24/2017 Margot Damaser, PhD
Associate Professor
​Department of Biomedical Engineering
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
​Regenerative Therapies for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
​01/31/2017 Heide Ford, PhD
​Department of Pharmacology
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​Tumor Heterogeneity, EMT, and Metastasis
​02/07/2017 ​John Kingdom, MD, FRCSC, FRCOG, MRCP
Gordon C. Leitch Chair & Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Toronto
​Can Heparin Prevent Severe Pre-eclampsia?
​02/21/2017 ​Dean's Distinguished
Joan Brugge, PhD
​Louise Foote Pfeiffer Professor of Cell Biology
Director of Ludwig at Harvard Medical School
​Mutant p53 Regulation of Early Events in Ovarian Cancer
​02/28/2017 ​Emre Seli, MD
​Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences; Egg Donation and Gestational Surrogacy Program
Yale University School of Medicine
​Translational Regulation of Gene Expression During Oocyte and Early Embryo Development: The role of EPAB
​​Masahito Ikawa, PhD
​Animal Resource Center for Infectious Diseases
Research Institute for Microbial Diseases
Osaka University, Japan
​CRISPR/Cas9 mediated genome editing and its application for the study of reproduction
​03/21/2017 ​Dean's Distinguished
Jennifer Doudna, PhD
​Investigator, Howard Huges Medical Institute
La Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences
Professor, Depts. of Molecular and Cell Biology and Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley
​Rewriting the Language of Life: Impacts and Challenges of DNA Editing
​03/28/2017 Lynne Bemis, PhD
Department Chair, Biomedical Sciences
​University of Minnesorta Medical School - Duluth ​tRNA Fragments as Regulators in Ovarian Cancer Cells
​04/04/2017 ​Irina Burd, MD, PhD
Director, Integrated Research Center for Fetal Medicine
Associate Professor
​Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics and Neurology
Johns Hopkins University
​Intrauterine inflammation and infection: Journey to the center of the fetal brain
​04/11/2017 Timothy Crombleholme, MD, FACS, FAAP
Ponzio Family Chair in Pediatric Surgery
​Department of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​Placental Gene Therapy for Placental Insufficiency
​04/18/2017 ​Dean's Distinguished
Erik Jorgensen, PhD
​Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Distinguished Professor, Department of Biology
University of Utah
​Ultrafast endocytosis at synapses: Revisiting Heuser and Reese in the 21st century
​04/25/2017 Steven Abman, MD
​Pediatrics-Pulmonary Medicine
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​Fetal Origins of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
​05/02/2017 Ayman Al-Hendy, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACOG, CCRP
Director of Interdisciplinary Translational Research
Assistant Dean for Glabal Translational Research
Professor and Director, Division of Translational Research
​Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Augusta University
​Why are Uterine Fibroids more common in women of color?
​05/09/2017 ​Dean's Distinguished
Craig Mello, PhD
​Distinguished Professor
Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine
Co-Director, RNA Therapeutics Institute
University of Massachusetts Medical School
​A Worm's Tale: Secrets of Inheritance and Immortality
​05/16/2017 Steven M Anderson, PhD
James C Todd Professor in Experimental Pathology
Vice Chair for Research
​Department of Pathology
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​GLUT1 and Glucose are Required for Mammary  Tumorigenesis Induced by Activated ErbB2
​05/23/2017 T Rajendra Kumar, PhD
Edgar L and Patricia M Makowski Endowed Professor
Associate Vice-Chair of Research
​Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Division of Reproductive Sciences
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​An Intergrated Approach to Understand Gonadal & Non-Gonadal Actions of FSH

Date​​​ ​​Speaker ​​​Affiliation​​ ​Title
​09/14/2015 Caroline Gargett, PhD​​
Assistant Professor ​
​T​he Ritchie Centre
Monash Institute of Medical Research, Australia
​​Role of Endometrial Stem Cells in Normal Physiology and Gynecological Disease
​9/22/2015 Tanna Wuren, MD, PhD
Associate Professor 
​Qinghai University Medical College
Qinghai, China
​Tibetan Reproductive Success ​at High Altitude: Insights from Placenta Studies
​9/29/2015 ​Juan Arroyo, PhD
Assistant Professor
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

The Gas6/AXL Relationship: A New Model for Preeclampsia?



Bo Rueda, Ph​D

Associate Professor 

Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Endometrial cancer: PIK - HER path of resistance
10/13/2015 ​Blair Dodson, PhD ​University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
Children's Hospital
The Vasculopathy of the Intrauterine Growth Restricted Fetus
​10/27/2015 Marilyn Cipolla, PhD
Department of Neurological Sciences
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Mechanisms of seizure during pregnancy and preeclampsia
11/3/2015 ​Diana Cittelly-Cuevas, MS, PhD Department of Pathology
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
​​The contribution of brain and ovarian estrogens to brain metastatic colonization in pre-menopausal women.
​11/10/2015 ​Rebecca Krisher, PhD
Research Director
​National Foundation for Fertility Research ​The Mammalian Oocyte: Metabolic Challenges and Opportunities
​11/17/2015 ​Gary Clark, PhD ​University of Missouri School of Medicine The Human Fetoembryonic Defense System Hypothesis and Its Relationships to Pathogenesis
12/01/2015 ​Jennifer Condon, PhD Wayne State University
Perinatal Research Branch - NICHD
CS Mott Center for Human Growth and Development
​​​​Uterine Quiescence During Pregnancy is Caspase Dependent

Theresa Powell, PhD


​Department of Pediatrics, Section for Neonatology
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​How to Feed a Fetus​
​01/12/2016 ​Lynn Barbour, MD, MSPH

Jed Friedman, PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Colorado

Department of Pediatrics
University of Colorado​
​Intrauterine and Postnatal Influences on Offspring Metabolic Diseases: From Mouse to Macaque to Mom
​01/26/2016 ​Yoel Sadovsky, MD ​Magee-Womens Research Institute ​New Insights into the Maternal-Placental-Fetal Comunication Interface
​02/02/2016 ​Crystal Adams, MD ​Division of Reproductive Science
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​​Uterine fibroids and leiomyosarcomas: a tale of two tumors
​02/09/2016 ​Kerrie Moreau, PhD
Associate Professor

​Division of Geriatrics
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
​Translational Insight into Vascular Aging in Women
​02/16/2016 ​Anna Malykhina, PhD

Associate Professor
​Department of Surgery, Division of Urology
University of Colorado
​Chronic pelvic pain and pain co-morbidities: understanding the complex patient
​02/23/2016 ​Stephanie Wesolowski, PhD

Assistant Professor
​Department of Pediatrics, Section for Neonatology
University of Colorado
​What is it about placental insufficiency that dysregulates fetal liver metabolism?
​03/01/2016 Indira Mysorekar, PhD
Associate Professor

​Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pathology and Immunology
​Microbes and Host Defense in the Placenta: Impact on Parturition and Preterm Birth
​03/08/2016 ​Britta Jacobsen, PhD

Assistant Professor
​Department of Pathology
University of Colorado
​Finding New Treatments for Invasive Lobular Breast Carcinomas; no KIT-ing
​03/22/2016 ​M. Camille Hoffman, MD, MSCS, FACOG
SCL Assistant Professor

​Maternal Fetal Medicine
Denver Health

Departments of OB/GYN and Psychiatry
University of Colorado
​Measures of Maternal Stress and Mood in Relation to Preterm Birth
​03/29/2016 Michael Rudolph, PhD​

Faculty Instructor
​Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes

University of Colorado
​Early life omega-6 fatty acid exposures associate with elevated infant adipose deposition: obesity risk, metabolic programming, and mechanism 
​04/05/2016 ​Michael Gordon, PhD ​Department of Pathology
University of Colorado
​Targeting non-coding RNAs in ovarian cancer
04/12/2016 ​Leanne Redman, M.S., Ph.D. Pennington Biomedical Research Center of LSU ​Use of Innovative Technologies to Manage Obesity in Prenatal and Postnatal Women
​04/26/2016 ​Richard Legro, MD

​Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Penn State University College of Medicine
​Personalized Medicine for Women with PCOS: Present at the Conception, Still Waiting for the Birth
​05/03/2016 ​Margaret Davenport, MD

Assistant Professor
​University of Alberta
Director, Program for Pregnancy and Postpartum Health
Exercise during pregnancy: Baby steps to better health
​05/17/2016 Dan Huh, PhD

Assistant Professor
​Department of Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania
Microengineered Physiological Biomimicry: Human Organs-on-Chips
​05/24/2016 ​Johann Urschitz

Assistant Professor
​University of Hawaii

Institute for Biogenesis Research
​​In vivo gene modulation in the placenta