2017 Seminars


David Ferguson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Michigan State University

Department of Kinesiology

Early life nutrition influences cardiac function and exercise capacity in adulthood”

March 7, 2017

March 27, 2017:


Alvaro Rojas-Pena, MD

University of Michigan

“Animals in artificial organ research”


Jack Harkema, DVM, PhD, DACVP


Michigan State University

Food Safety

“Animal models of air pollutant-Induced asthma and rhinitis: What we have learned from monkeys, rats, and mice”


Clifford Les, DVM, PhD

Oakland University

“Large animal models for bone materials and remodeling research”


Lisa Larkin, PhD

Professor, Molecular & integrative Physiology

Professor, Biomedical Engineering

University of Michigan

“Using sheep as a large animal model to test ligament/tendon repairs”


Andrew Shaver


“RNAseq solutions”


Adam Moeser, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor

Michigan State University

“Porcine models of stress-induced gastrointestinal disorders: pathophysiology and translational implications”


Sean Limesand, PhD


University of Arizona

“Biomedical animal models for pregnancy”


RD Roghair, MD

University of Iowa

“Translational cardiovascular investigations in sheep and transgenic pigs”


Ariela Shikanov, PhD

University of Michigan

“Engineering the follicle environment”


Lonnie Shea, PhD

University of Michigan

“Local ;and systemic immunomodulation for regenerative medicine”


Randall Prather, PhD

University of Missouri

“Genome editing-state of the art, promises, pitfalls, & applications”


Tom Spencer, PhD

University of Missouri

“Understanding fertility in agriculturally important large animals: Impacts of technology”

Arjun Krishnan, PhD

Assistant Professor

Michigan State University

“Nobody knew health and disease could be so complicated!”

July 17, 2017


Melanie B. Jacobs

Senior Associate Dean

Michigan State University

“The complicated art of parentage determination in the time of A.R.T.”

October 2, 2017


Gina Leinninger, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Physiology

Michigan State University

“Weighing in on how central neurotensin controls body weight”

October 16, 2017


Ashley George, PhD-c

Endocrinology and Animal Biosciences

Rutgers University

Maternal lactocrine programming of porcine uterine development”

October 17, 2017


Xiao-Jiang Li, MD, PhD


Department of Human Genetics

Emory University School of Medicine

“Genetically modified non-human primate models of human diseases”

November 20, 2017


Courtney Carignan, Phd

Assistant Professor

Food Science and Human Nutrition

Michigan State University

“Flame retardants and fertility. Using IVF as a model for reproductive health”

December 4, 2017


Rita Strakovsky, PhD

Assistant Professor

Food Science and Human Nutrition

Michigan State University

“Endocrine disruptors, maternal adiposity, and gestational estrogen status”

December 11, 2017

2016 Seminars


Jeff MacKeigan, PhD

Associate Professor

Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Van Andel Research Institute

"Precision medicine: The Genomics Landscape of a Tumor Syndrome"

December 19, 2016


Gil Mor, PhD

Professor and Director

Division of Reproductive Sciences

Director, Discovery to Cure Translational Resarch Program

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Yale University School of Medicine

"Origins of Ovarian Cancer and Mechanisms of Recurrence"

November 7, 2016


Richard Behringer, PhD


Department of Genetics

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

"Developmental Genetics of Mammalian Reproductive Organs"

October 3, 2016


Alex Bonnin, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Cell and Neurobiology

University Southern California – Keck School of Medicine

“Prenatal Exposures and Placental Serotonin: A Potential Pathway for the Developmental”

September 28, 2016


Sathish Kumar, PhD

Assistant Professor

University of Texas Medical Branch

“Maternal Androgens in Cardiovascular Function, Placental Development and Fetal Programming”

September 20, 2016


Ben Major, PhD

Associate Professor

Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Department of Cell Biology and Physiology

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

"Proteomics and Functional Genomics of Signal Transduction in Cancer"

September 13, 2016


Paul Soumen, PhD

Associate Professor


Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Division of Cancer and Departmental Biology

University of Kansas Medical Center

"Transcriptional Control of Trophoblast Development"

May 23, 2016


Susan Fisher, PhD


Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

University of California - San Francisco

"Genome- Scale Fluctuations in the Cytotrophoblast Epigenome Over Gestation and in Placental Pathologies"

May 13, 2016


Steve Ondersma, PhD


Wayne State University

"Maximizing Reach Via Computer-Delivered Screening and Brief Intervention for Substance Use Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women"

April 29, 2016


Sascha Drewlo, PhD

Assistant Professor

Wayne State University School of Medicine

C.S. Mott for Human Growth and Development

"Introduction into a New Era for the Detection and Improvement of Placental Function"

April 28 and 29, 2016


Sophia Lunt, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Biochemistry

Michigan State University

"Cancer Metabolomics"

April 25, 2016


Thaddeus Golos, PhD


Department of Comparative Biosciences

University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Reproductive Tract Targets of Listeria Monocytogenes in Early Pregnancy"

March 24, 2016



Katherine Aird, PhD

Staff Scientist

The Wistar Institute and Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA

"Metabolic Regulation of Oncogene - Induced Senescense"

March 21, 2016


Xin Sun, PhD

Professor, Laboratory of Genetics

Department of Medical Genetics

University of Wisconsin - Madison

"Building a Functional Lung, Lessons From Mouse Models of Diseases"

January 25, 2016