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From left to right: Ritsuko Iwanaga, Jim McMannaman, Kathleen Connell, Andrew Bradford, Emily Su, Lynn Barbour (SOM Division of Endocrinology), Crystal Adams, Peggy Neville, Joe Hurt, Theresa Powell, Thomas Jansson, Frederick Rosario Joseph, Jenifer Monks


Division of Reproductive Sciences Faculty

Thomas Jansson, Faculty Page Picture Web Version.jpgThomas Jansson, MD, PhD
Florence Crozier Cobb Endowed Professor
Chief, Division of Reproductive Sciences
Vice Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research
interests:  Cellular and molecular mechanisms of regulation of placental nutrient transporters and the role of placental function in determining fetal growth and long-term health.


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Division Chief, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Secondary Appointment, Division of Reproductive Sciences
 
Research interests: Clinical, translational, and basic science approaches to finding novel treatments for ovarian cancer.




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Assistant Professor, Division of Reproductive Sciences
 

Research interests: Ovarian cancer, Wnt signaling, and epigenetics





Associate Professor, Division of Reproductive Sciences
Assistant Dean, Essentials Curriculum

Research interests: Hormone/growth factor signaling cancer.
 

 


Division Chief, Division of Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
Secondary Appointment, Division of Reproductive Sciences
 
Research interests: Molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the remodeling of the connective tissue and smooth muscle of the pelvic floor support structures.
 
 

Assistant Professor, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Secondary Appointment, Division of Reproductive Sciences

Research interests: Molecular mechanisms of pregnancy and parturition, Obesity and parturition, Gasotransmitters in repro physiology, and Regulation of Nitric Oxide Synthase.
 
 
 

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Assistant Professor, Division of Reproductive Sciences

Research Interests: Dr. Johnson's research program focuses on the control of oocyte number inside the ovary, primarily in mammals, but also in the fruit fly model organism.





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Instructor, Division of Reproductive Sciences

Research interests: The role of mechanistic target of rapamcyin signaling in placental amino acid and folate transport.



Edgar L. & Patricia M. Makowski Professor, Division of Reproductive Sciences
Associate Vice Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Secondary Appointment, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Research Interests:  All aspects of gonadotropin biology, including gonadotrope development and tumorigenesis, mechanisms of pituitary gonadotropin subunit gene expression and post-transcriptional regulation, gonadotropin biosynthesis with a focus on age-dependent glycosylation, gonadotropin secretion and action with one focus on somatic cell development and regulation in the gonads and the other on osteoclasts in 
                             the bone.


Instructor, Division of Reproductive Sciences

Research interests: Aims to elucidate the effect of hypoxia and high altitude on myometrial arteries from pregnant women .




Jim McManaman, Faculty Page Picture Web Version.jpgJim McManaman, PhD
Professor, Division of Reproductive Sciences
Director, Graduate Program in Integrative Physiology

Research interests: How cells store, metabolize, and traffic lipids at the molecular, structural, cellular, and organ system levels. 




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Assistant Professor, Division of Reproductive Sciences

Research interests
: How milk-secreting cells deliver nutrients to the neonate.
 
 
 
 
Professor, Division of Reproductive Sciences

Research interests: Physiological mechanisms underlying the normal maternal physiological responses to pregnancy and the pregancy complications of fetal growth restrictions and preeclampsia.
 


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Professor and Interim Division Chief, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology
Secondary Appointment, Division of Reproductive Sciences

Research interests: Defining essential characteristics of FSH-ovarian interactions using a multi-disciplinary approach. 

 

Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology
Secondary Appointment, Division of Reproductive Sciences

Research interests: Molecular mechanisms regulating ion and macronutrient transport in the human placenta and changes in placental function. 
 
 

E. Stewart Taylor Endowed Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology
Secondary Appointment, Division of Reproductive Sciences. 
 
Research interests: Examining the role of hormone therapy and alternative treatments in menopausal women's health, how obesity in women interferes with fertility and reproductive hormone production, examining how girls develop regular menstrual cycles as they go through puberty, and premature ovarian failure. 

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Assistant Professor, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Secondary Appointment, Division of Reproductive Sciences

Research interests:  High-fat diet associated ovarian dysfunction: mechanisms and reversal strategies; rolde of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor in ovarian biology.



Assistant Professor, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Secondary Appointment, Division of Reproductive Sciences
 
Research interests: Fetal growth restriction: molecular mechanisms underlying abnormal placental blood flow and function.