Director, Institute for Reproduction and Perinatal Research
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Ph.D., University of Hawaii, 1981
Postdoctoral, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1981-1983
Postdoctoral, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 1983-1984

msoares@kumc.edu

CURRENT LAB MEMBERS

Khursheed Iqbal, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

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Kaela Varberg, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

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Regan Scott, M.S.

Graduate Student

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Mahfuz Adnan, M.S.

Graduate Student

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Marija Kuna, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Esteban Dominguez, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Kelly Gorman, M.D.

Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow

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Ayelen Moreno, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Vinay Shukla, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Brynne Musser

Senior Research Associate

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Mikaela Simon

Graduate Student

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Gerardo Herrera Birrueta 

Graduate Student

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Olha Krichevskiy

Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow

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PAST LAB MEMBERS

Undergraduate Students

Barbara Foster(1985-86)
Kathleen D. Schaberg (Summer 1986)
Catherine S. Pinal (Summer 1986)
Sarvepalli Jokhai (Summer 1987)
Gary Podschun (Summer 1987)
Michael Chang (Summer 1987)
Kendall Boone (1988)
H. Philip Owens (Summer 1988)
Adam Newman (Summer 1991)
Sean Vellucci (Summer 1993, Summer 1995)
Richard Heck (Summer 1994)
Michael J. Riley (Summer 1994)
David Razafsky (Summer 2000)
Kerry McGonigle (Summer 2001)
My-Linh H. Trinh (2001-2003)
Kristin Woo (Summer 2002)
Darya Kahlili (Summer 2004)
Jessica Lerner (Summer 2005)
Naomi Butler (Summer 2007)

Medical Students

Daniel Prohaska (Summer 1992)
Sandra Archer (Summer 1999)
Robert Ray (Spring 2007)

Graduate Students

Teresa N. Faria (1987-1991) Present address: Research Scientist, Bristol-Myers Squibb, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Lindsey Kent Graduated September, 2011. Present address: Postdoctoral Student, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
Xing-jian Lu (July, 1990-1993) Present address: Private practice physician, Kansas City area. 
Gary P. Hamlin (1991 to 1994) Present address: Associate Lecturer in Pharmacology/Physiology in the Department of Molecular Sciences, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
Christine A. Rasmussen (1993-1996) Present address: Legal consultant, Kansas City area.
Thomas J. Peters (1995 to 1998) Present address: Instructor, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, Missouri.
Jennifer K. Ho-Chen (2003 to 2007). Present address: Instructor of Human Physiology, Anatomy, & Biology at Long Beach City College & Coastline Community College, Long Beach, CA. 
Damayanti Chakraborty (2007 to 2013) Present address: Postdoctoral Fellow, 
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Jovana Rajovic (2019-2020) Graduate student at the University Kansas Medical Center and candidate for Master of Science in Reproductive Biology from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

Regan L. Scott (2019 to present) Recipient of a 2020 Lalor Foundation Merit Award and Poster Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction.  Recipient of an NIH-NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship (F31 HD104495; 2021-2025).  Recipient of an NIH New Investigator Award for the 2021 International Federation of Placental Associations Annual Meeting. Recipient of a 2021 Society for the Study of Reproduction Trainee Travel Award.

Mikaela E. Simon (2021 to present) Selected to give an oral presentation at the 2021 Society for the Study of Reproduction Meeting.

Gerardo Herrera-Birrueta (2021 to present) – currently on a leave of absence.

Mahfuz Rahman Adnan (2022 to present) – will join April 2022.

Visiting Graduate Students

Andrea Bertazolli Albieri (1996) Present address: Department of Cell Biology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Eliana Lippe (2009-2010); Recipient of a CAPES National Fellowship, University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil, Ph.D., February 2011.  Present position:  University of Campinas, Brazil.

Research Assistants

Amanda Crowley (2006-2010) Present position: Research Assistant, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. 
Lisa Lei (2012-2014) Present position: Research Assistant, Rumi Laboratory, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Division of Cancer and Developmental Biology, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Swapan De (1986-87) Present position: Staff Scientist, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland. 
Dr. Mamata De (1986-87) Present position: Staff Scientist, Marion Merrell Dow, Inc., Cincinnati, OH.
Dr. Kazuyoshi Hashizume (1987-88, 1992) Present position: Professor of Physiology, Iwate University, Moriaka, Japan.
Dr. Santanu Deb (1987-93) Present position: Department of Homeland Security, Skokie, Illinois.
Dr. Wendy Jo Campbell (1988-89) Present position: Streck Laboratories, Inc., Industrial Road, Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Katherine F. Roby (1990-1992) Present position: Research Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, University of Kansas Medical Center.
Dr. Toshiya Yamamoto (1992-1994) Present position: Chief, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Sakai Municipal Hospital, Osaka, Japan.
Dr. Takayuki Kamei (1993-1996) Present position: Staff Scientist, Takeda Chemical Industries, Osaka, Japan.
Dr. Guoli Dai (1994-1998) Present position: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.
Dr. Dong-Soo Lee (2007-2010) Present position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Kyle E. Orwig (1994-1998) Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Magee Women's Research Institute, Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Heiner Müller (1995-1997) Present position: Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany.
Dr. Toru Takahashi (1997, 2001-2002) Present position: Staff Scientist, Department of Reproductive Biology and Technology, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Ibaraki, Japan.
Dr. Ryuta Ishimura (1997) Present position: Postdoctoral Associate, Jackson Laboratories, Bar Harbor, Maine.
Dr. Gregory Knipp (1997-1999) Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
Dr. Danhua Wang (1997-2000) Present position: Research Scientist, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA. 
Dr. Long-jiang Shao (2001-2002) Present position: Research Associate, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Shigeki Ohboshi (2002-2004) Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science, Nippon Veterinary and Animal Science University, 1-7-1 Kyonan, Musashino, Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Juan A. Arroyo (2003-2004) Present position: Instructor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Juan J. Bustamante (2003-2007) Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX.
Dr. Lea A. Rempel (2005-2007) Present position: Research Physiologist, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Reproduction Research Unit, USDA, Clay Center, Nebraska.
Dr. Gracy X. Rosario (January 2006- April 2008) Present position: Developmental and Regenerative Biology Group, Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore.
Dr. Jennifer K. Ho-Chen (February 2008-June 2008). Present position: Human Physiology, Anatomy and Biology, Long Beach City College and Coastline Community College, Long Beach, CA.
Dr. Kazuo Asanoma (2007-2010) Present position: Instructor, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Kyushu University School of Medicine, Kyushu, Japan. 
Dr. Pengli Bu (2009-2014) Present position: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, St. John's University, Queens, NY.
Dr. Wei Cui (2013-2014).Present position: Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Dr. Stephen J. Renaud (2009-15) Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Lindsey N. Kent (2010-11) Present address: Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Cancer Genetics Program, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Dr. Kaiyu Kubota (2010-2016) Present position: Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Pramod Dhakal (2013-2017) Present Position: Senior Scientist, Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing - Columbia.

Dr. Damayanti Chakraborty (2013-2017) Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Lei Wang (2015-16) Present position: Staff Scientist, Charles River Laboratories, Ashland, Ohio.

Dr. Khursheed Iqbal (2015-2016) Present position:  Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.  Recipient of the Best Poster Award at the 2015 Annual Greenwald Symposium on Reproduction. Present position:  Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. 

Dr. Keisuke Kozai (2015-2021) Recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Lalor Foundation (2015-2016).  Recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association (AHA Reference Number:  17POST32860004), January 2017 to December 2018. Present position:  Senior Research Scientist, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

Dr. Jackson Nteeba (2015-2018) Recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Diabetes Association (Grant Reference No. 1-16-PMF-012), January 2016 to December 2018.  Recipient of a Lalor Foundation Research Merit Award at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction.  Deceased.

Dr. Masanaga Muto (2016-2019) Recipient of postdoctoral fellowships from the Lalor Foundation (2016-2017) and American Heart Association (19POST34430015; 01/01/2019-12/31/2020).  Present position:  Assistant Professor, Department of Stem Cells and Human Disease Models, Research Center for Animal Life Science, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta, Tsukinowa-cho, Otsu, Shiga 520-2192, Japan. https://sumsdbweb.shiga-med.ac.jp/profile/en.973bf274fe9f5bc4b92303b09826e9a1.html

Dr. Nehemiah Alvarez (2016-2018) - Recipient of an NIH Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship, (2016-2018).  Present position:  Assistant Professor, Department of Physiological Sciences, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Kaela M. Varberg (July 2017-present) – Recipient of a Postdoctoral Training Award from the KUMC Biomedical Training Program (2017-2018), Lalor Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018); NIH-NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2021)

Dr. Marija Kuna (June 2018-present) - Recipient of a Postdoctoral Training Award from the KUMC Biomedical Training Program (2019), K-INBRE Postdoctoral Award (2019-2020). Recipient of a 2020 Society for the Study of Reproduction Trainee Travel Award. Recipient of a 2021 Lalor Foundation Merit Award and Postdoctoral Platform First Place Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction.

Dr. Vinay Shukla (June 2019-present) – Recipient of a Postdoctoral Training Award from the KUMC Biomedical Training Program (2020) and K-INBRE Postdoctoral Award (2020-2021). Recipient of 2020 and 2021 Society for the Study of Reproduction Trainee Travel Awards.

Dr. Ross P. McNally (September 2019-June 2021) – Recipient of a 2020 Lalor Foundation Merit Award and Post-doctoral Poster Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction.  Present position:  Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. https://labs.feinberg.northwestern.edu/kim/people/index.html

Dr. Ayelen Moreno-Irusta (November 2019-present) – Recipient of a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Lalor Foundation (2020-2021); recipient of a 2020 Lalor Foundation Merit Award and Post-doctoral Platform Finalist from the Society for the Study of Reproduction.  Recipient of an NIH New Investigator Award for the 2021 International Federation of Placental Associations Annual Meeting. Recipient of a 2021 Society for the Study of Reproduction Trainee Travel Award.

Dr. Esteban M. Dominguez (June 2020-present) – Recipient of a Postdoctoral Training Award from the KUMC Biomedical Training Program and from K-INBRE Postdoctoral Award (2021); recipient of a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Lalor Foundation (2021-2022). Recipient of an NIH New Investigator Award for the 2021 International Federation of Placental Associations Annual Meeting. Selected to give an oral presentation at the 2021 Society for the Study of Reproduction Meeting. Recipient of a 2021 Society for the Study of Reproduction Trainee Travel Award.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellows

Dr. Ayesha Hasan (July 2018-June 2020) – Present position:  Assistant Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois. http://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/departments/academic-departments/obstetrics-and-gynecology/obgyn-faculty/ayesha-hasan/

Dr. Mae-Lan Winchester (February 2019-2021) – Recipient of the Best Basic Science Abstract at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, January 2021. Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospitals in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. https://www.uhhospitals.org/doctors/Winchester-MaeLan-1730507294

Dr. Kelly Gorman (February 2020-2022) – Present position:  Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas

Dr. Olha Krichevskiy (February 2021-present)

Senior Scientists/Research Assistant Professors

Dr. Guoli Dai (1998-2002) Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology.  Present position: Tenured Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana.  https://science.iupui.edu/people/dai-guoli

Dr. Rupasri Ain (1999-2003) Present position: Research Scientist, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India.
Dr. Namita Sahgal (2002-2006) Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Recipient of an NIH K08 Award.  Present position:  Pediatrics, Logansport Memorial Hospital, Logansport, IN. https://www.logansportmemorial.org/Physician-Detail/?Name=Sahgal&directoryID=2203

Dr. S.M. Khorshed Alam (2004-2010) Present address: Senior Scientist, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas CIty, Kansas.

Dr. Toshihiro Konno (2008-2009) Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.  Present position:  Associate Professor, Laboratory of Animal Functional Morphology, Department of Agro-Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan.  http://kenkyushadb.lab.u-ryukyu.ac.jp/html/100000682_en.html

Dr. Mohammad Azharul Karim Rumi (2008-2014) Research Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.  Recipient of an NIH RO3 HD072100 Award:  “Role of SATB in Placental Development”, April 2012 to March 2014.  Present position:  Tenure-Track Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. https://www.kumc.edu/mrumi.html
Dr. Kaz Imakawa (2013-2014) Present address: Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo (Japan).

Dr. Stephen J. Renaud (2013-2015) Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. Recipient of an NIH R03 HD079850 Award:  Role of OVO-like 1 in the regulation of human trophoblast differentiation”, September 2014 to August 2016. Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.  https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/anatomy/about_us/profiles/dr_stephen_renaud.html

Dr. Khursheed Iqbal (2016-present) Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.  Recipient of NIH R21 ES028957 Award: “Endocrine disruptors, Ahr signaling, and placentation”, August 15, 2018 to July 31, 2021 and NIH R21 HD104071 Award:  “A new animal model for investigating the invasive trophoblast lineage”, July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Kazuyoshi Hashizume (1992); Current Position:  Professor of Physiology, Iwate University, Morioka, Japan.

Dr. Kazuhiko Imakawa (2013-2014) Current Position:  Professor, Kyushu Tokai University, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Kumamoto, Kyushu, Japan.