Reproductive Sciences

Significant Accomplishments

How Testosterone Affects Fetal Development

Tony DeFalco, PhD, published a study, “Testosterone levels influence mouse fetal Leydig cell progenitors through Notch signaling” in April 2013 in Biology of Reproduction. The journal chose an image from his paper to use as the cover image.  Following publication, the NICHD chose to use the cover image as part of their hallway display dedicated to various grantees and NICHD investigators.

Top Ten Project in Reproductive Medicine

A frequently cited paper from the laboratory of S.K. Dey,PhD, was selected as a “Top Ten Project in Reproductive Medicine: Debating Breakthrough Basic and Clinical Papers with their Authors,” for a conference sponsored by the Serono Symposia International Foundation held in Florence, Italy, in September 2013. This paper, “Aberrant cannabinoid signaling impairs oviductal transport of embryos,” was published in Nature Medicine in 2004.  A preliminary selection of 50 papers (25 basic science, 25 clinical) was made based on their impact in the field and clinical relevance. The final 10 papers were chosen by an expert panel.

First Graduate Student Receives PhD with Outstanding Accomplishments

Jeeyeon Cha, MD, PhD, is the first graduate student to complete her PhD in the Division of Reproductive Sciences. She defended her thesis, “The role of muscle segment homeobox gene in early pregnancy events,” in June 2013, and was awarded her PhD with Outstanding Accomplishments. Cha has been a great asset to projects within the division and at other universities domestically and abroad. Cha also was lead author on a major paper in preterm birth, “Combinatory approaches prevent preterm birth profoundly exacerbated by gene-environment interactions,” which was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in August 2013. This study also was highlighted by Biology of Reproduction in its “World of Reproductive Biology” section.