Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
College of Human Medicine

Professor Barbara Luke Sc.D, MPH, is the recipient of over $2.5 million NICHD/NIH Award

 

 

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The title of her project is "Assisted Reproduction and Child Health: Risk of Birth Defects, Mortality, and Effect on Grade School Performance." Her project began late September of 2016 and will continue on until May 30th of 2021.


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the risk of mortality, birth defects, and effect on grade school performance among children conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF, the process by which an oocyte is fertilized by semen outside the body) and assisted reproductive technology (ART, all infertility treatments to achieve conception), their siblings, and non-IVF controls. This is the first time children conceived with IVF have been tracked through school age in the United States.


 

Welcome Dr. Jeff MacKeigan to the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology Department

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Dr. Jeff MacKeigan, currently an adjunct associate professor at Michigan State University, will join the College of Human Medicine's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology as a professor with tenure on August 15th. He will be a part of the Global Impact Initiative and will be moving to the Grand Rapids Research Center this fall.

Some of his higlighted research efforts include:

  • Lab investigates the metabolic triad encompassing autophagy, the PI3K-mTOR pathway, and cell metabolism
  • Systems biology approach integrating multiple technologies and multidisciplinary collaborations to study cancer and complex diseases
  • Current NCI funding to develop a computational model of autophagy in KRAS-driven lung cancer
  • Active collaboration with Caryl Sortwell on repositioning kinase inhibitors for treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Please join us in welcoming Dr. MacKeigan to the department.

 

Dr. MacKeigan and Research Team Featured in MSU Today - Research Offers New Clues to Rare Genetic Disease

 

Jae Wook Jeong to Begin His Term As Member of the Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section

 

Dr. Jae-Wook Jeong has recently accepted the invitation to serve as a member of the Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section. Members who are selected demonstrate competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements, and honors. Service on a study section requires mature judgement and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group, qualities the NIH Center for Scientific Review believes Dr. Jeong will bring to this important task. His term will begin on July 1st, 2017 and will end on June 30th, 2021.

 

Dr. Asgi Fazleabas Awarded University Distinguished Professor Title

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Dr. Asgi Fazleabas has been recommended by the MSU Provost and the Board of Trustees to be designated as a University Distinguished Professor. The University Distinguished Professorship is an honor to be held throughout the remaining years of being active at Michigan State University. Select individuals that receive this award have been recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarly achievements. They will have also exemplified superior teaching skills and a distinguished record of public service. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Fazleabas for his success and this impressive accomplishment.

 

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Stacey Missmer Invited to Join World Endometriosis Society Board of Directors.

Dr. Stacey Missmer has been invited to join the World Endometriosis Society (WES) Board of Directors for the 2017-2020 term. The WES Nominations Comittee met on April 18th and unaminously agreed that she would be a great asset to the WES Board in moving their mission forward: to improve the lives of all affeected women and their families. She began her term at the 13th World Congress on Endometriosis in Vancouver, Canada on May 17th and has been selected to be the treasurer. Please join us in congratulating her on this amazing opportunity.

Ronald Chandler, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2016 Mary Kay Foundation Cancer Grant.

image001The title of his project is SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling and Pl3-kinase pathway crosstalk mechanisms in ovarian cancer. Dr. Chandler aims to identify the mechanism of ARID1A-PIK3CA functional cooperatively in endometriosis-associated ovarian cancers. His research will help to identify signaling pathway co-dependencies and drug targets in ovarian cancers with limited therapeutic options. (view biography)