Ian M. Bird, PhD

Email: imbird@wisc.edu
Title: Professor
Department: Obstetrics & Gynecology
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BSc (hons) 1984 Birmingham University, Birmingham, U.K.
PhD 1987 University of London, Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London, U.K.
1st Postdoctoral Position: University of Edinburgh, Scotland


Research Focus

Control of pregnancy-induced changes in cell function / endocrine signaling in response to growth factor and heptahelical receptor agonists by uterine artery endothelium. Control of adrenal zonation and function by Angiotensin II and integration of adrenal and gonadal steroidogenesis in higher mammals/humans. Gestational development of zonation and function of fetal adrenal gland in sheep and primate. Control of adrenal and gonadal steroidogenesis at the level of P450c17 vs 3BHSD expression and 17 alpha-hydroxylase vs lyase activity.

Program Activities

  • Joined ERP Program: 1996
  • Teaching
    • Animal Sciences 875: Endocrine Physiology
    • Animal Sciences 875: Reproductive Patterns
    • Animal Sciences 954: Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Seminar
    • OBGYN 955: Responsible Conduct of Research for Biomedical Graduate Students
  • Program Director – Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Program
  • Committes
    • Chair – Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Program NIH T32 Predoctoral Steering Committee
    • Chair – Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Program Student Affairs Committee
    • Ex Officio Member – Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Program Symposium Committee
    • Ex Officio Member – Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Program Admissions Committee
  • Career Coach – TEAM Science Program, Women’s Health Center

Research Funding

  • PI NIH R13 HD036244 2015/04/01-2019/06/30 Perinatal Research Society Annual Meeting
  • PI NIH T32 HD41921 2014/05/01-2019/04/30 Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Training Grant
  • CPI NIH P01 HD38843 2013/07/01-2018/06/30 Importance of Endothelial Cell-Cell Communication at the Maternal Fetal Interface
  • PI NIH R13 HD079163 2013/07/01-2018/06/30 Perinatal Research Society YI Grants Writing Workshop
  • Co-Investigator NIH T32 HD049302 2012/05/01-2017/04/30 Health Disparities Research Scholars
  • Co-Investigator NIH R25 2012/02/01-2017/01/31 Training and Education to Advance Minorities in Science (TEAM-Science)
  • PI NIH R01 HL079020 2011/05/01-2016/04/30 Pregnancy/NO Induced Changes in UAE Ca2+ Signaling
Current Trainees Degree Goal
Danielle Berdahl, MD MS
Luca Clemente PhD
Amanda Hankes PhD
Past Trainees Degree Completed
Roxanne Alvarez PhD
Heather Bankowski, DO MS
Derek Boeldt PhD
Jacqueline Cale PhD
Tao Di MS
Nauman Khurshid, MD MS
Shannon (Gifford) Koehler PhD
Jennifer Krupp, MD MS
J. Christina Pattison
(In Memorium)
Jeremy Sullivan PhD