Disorders of the reproductive system can have a lifelong impact on the health of women and their offspring. The Division of Basic Reproductive Sciences is dedicated to furthering understanding of reproductive biology and women’s cancers by investigating reproductive function at the molecular, cellular and organismic levels and to fostering educational development of basic and clinical scientists in the areas of reproductive biology, obstetrics and gynecology, and women's health in general.
Research opportunities within the Division include projects related to molecular and cellular biology of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers; developmental regulation of placental and mammary gland functions; effects of obesity on reproductive functions; biomechanical properties of reproductive organs; hormonal regulation of menarche and menopause; and disorders of pregnancy.
Our Faculty are currently involved in the following research and studies:
Kian Behbakht, M.D., Associate Professor
Andrew P. Bradford, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Heide L. Ford, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Role of homeobox genes in breast cancer
G2/M checkpoint and cell cycle control
Link between developmental genes, cell cycle control, and breast cancer
Mouse models to examine the role of homeobox genes in normal mammary gland development and breast cancer
Twila A. Jackson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
James L. McManaman, Ph.D., Professor and Chief
- Mechanisms of lipid secretion in lactation
- Mammary Gland Development
- Biomarkers of preterm labor
Margaret (Peggy) Neville, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus
- Mammary gland development and lactation
- Gene array analysis
Monique Spillman, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor
- Steroid hormone actions in ovarian cancer
- Mouse models of ovarian cancer metastasis
Virginia D. Winn, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
- Placental development
'There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance'