Ei Terasawa, PhD

Email: terasawa@primate.wisc.edu
Title: Professor
Department: Pediatrics
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BS 1961 University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
PhD 1966 Yokohama City University, Yokohama, Japan
1st Postdoctoral position: University of California – Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
2nd Postdoctoral position: University of California – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Research Focus

Research of my laboratory focuses on the study of the hypothalamic neuroendocrine system, the gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neuron.  The aims of the current studies are: 1) to determine the mechanism of puberty onset, 2) to investigate the role of locally synthesized and released neuroestradiol in regulation of GnRH release, 3) to study the mechanism of ovarian steroid action on GnRH neurons, which modulate pulsatile GnRH release with different time domains, and 4) to generate GnRH neurons from stem cells and investigate the cellular mechanism of pulsatile GnRH neurosecretion.

Program Activities

  • Joined ERP Program: 1997
  • Teaching
    • Neuroscience Training Program 675: Special Topics in Neuroendocrinology
  • Committees
    • Member – Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Program NIH Predoctoral Training Grant Steering Committee
    • Member – Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Program Admissions Committee

Research Funding

  • PI NIH 1 R21HD077447-01A1 04/30/14-03/31/16 “Role of neuroestrogens in control of GnRH release”
  • Subcontract PI NIH 5 R01 HD043341-13A1 4/01/15-03/31/20 “Kisspeptin and Neurokinin B: From Physiology in the Monkey to Pathophysiology in the Human” (PI Stephanie Seminara)


Current Trainees Degree Goal
James Garcia PhD
Past Trainees Degree Completed
Kate Guerriero PhD
Brian Kenealy PhD
Sekoni Noel PhD
Michael Woller PhD