Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Reproductive Biology

    Research in these areas include:

    • The basis of genetic or drug-induced congenital malformations, attempting to prevent birth defects in some of the 150,000 afflicted babies born each year.
    • The processes of gametogenesis, egg maturation, embryo implantation, and gonad development, cellular processes that are prime targets for new contraceptive methods and infertility treatments. Other research includes the etiology of germ cell tumors, which are one of the most common tumors arising in children.


    Sudhansu K. Dey, MD, Professor, Director, Division of Reproductive Sciences
    Molecular and genetic basis of embryo-uterine interactions during early pregnancy [Visit the Dey Lab]

    Louis Muglia, MD, PhD, Professor
    Genetic and developmental mechanisms controlling the timing of birth and risk of preterm birth; molecular genetic analysis of the behavioral and neuroendocrine responses to stress. [Visit the Muglia Lab]

    Satoshi Namekawa, PhD, Assistant Professor
    The long-term goal of our research is to understand the mechanisms and evolution of epigenetic events during mammalian germ cell development [Visit Reproductive Sciences]

    Yuya Ogawa, PhD
    Molecular mechanisms of long noncoding RNA-mediated epigenetic gene regulation during mammalian development; X-chromosome inactivation using ex vivo differentiation system with mouse ES cells. [Visit Reproductive Sciences]

    Steven Potter, PhD, Professor
    Studies of homeobox genes that control mammalian development using gene targeting and transgenic mice [Visit the Potter Lab]

    Susan Waltz, PhD, Associate Professor
    Molecular analysis of growth factors and receptor tyrosine kinases in tumorigenesis, organ function, and cellular trauma [Visit the Waltz Lab]

    Michael Williams, PhD, Research Associate Professor
    Interaction of stress-induced hormones and drugs of abuse on adult learning and memory abilities; physiological responses to later stressors; behavioral and physiological consequences of drug reexposure. [Visit the Michael Williams Lab]

    Contact Us

    For more information about the Molecular and Developmental Biology Program at Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati, email or call 513-636-4545. You can also apply online at our application page.

  • Reproductive System Conditions

    Reproductive Biology.
    • Cancer
    • Congenital bleeding disorders
    • Germ cell tumors
    • Infertility
    • Infertility
    • Intrauterine growth retardation
    • Pre-eclampsia
    • Spontaneous abortion

    View a complete list of the diseases that our students and faculty are fighting.