Our laboratory investigates specialized survival strategies used by the embryo as it grows within the uterus. Central to the embryo's survival is the formation of an organ derived from the embryo called the placenta. This organ gains access to the maternal blood supply and facilitates the delivery of nutrients to the fetus. We study how early stem cells develop into the placenta. We have learned that the placenta is built in response to cues present in the maternal environment; and diseases of pregnancy, such as preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction, result when the embryo is not successful in its adaptations to the maternal environment. Inadequate in utero adaptive responses have potentially long-lasting impacts on adult health and disease.
Society for the Study of Reproduction Annual Meeting
July 26-29, 2022
Society for Reproductive Investigation
March 15-19, 2022
Greenwald Symposium on Reproduction
Kansas City, MO
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
October 22-26, 2022
Ayelen Moreno won an Award for Best New Investigator Poster Presentation - SRI 2022
Mikaela Simon gave an oral presentation at the 2021 SSR meeting.
Kaela Varberg won an Award for Best New Investigator Poster Presentation - SRI 2022
Marija Kuna took First Place for the 2021 SSR Post-doctoral Platform Competition
Regan Scott won a 2021 SSR Trainee Travel Award and has been selected to give an oral presentation at the 2022 SRI meeting
Esteban Dominguez won a 2021 SSR Trainee Travel Award
Vinay Shukla was selected to give an oral presentation at the 2022 SRI annual meeting
Khursheed Iqbal received an R21 grant for his project entitled "A new animal model for investigating the invasive trophoblast lineage"
ASCL2 reciprocally controls key trophoblast lineage decisions during hemochorial placenta development