NIH T32 Institutional Training Grant in Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology
Why a Pre-doctoral Training Grant?
A.1 Rationale for the Program. The objective of the program is to provide training at the predoctoral and postdoctoral level in interdisciplinary research at the forefront of reproductive physiology and health, as well as provide a nucleus by which interdepartmental faculty and students from across campus can meet and synergize.
A.2 Need for the Research Training Proposed. From a research and health perspective, the need for a greater understanding of reproductive mechanisms and related health issues is extremely high. Regulation of fertility is a major factor in population control and, indirectly, the eradication of poverty. Conversely studies in reproduction can also provide solutions to infertility. These areas, as well as the successful completion of gestation to term free of disease is not only of immediate relevance to maternal and fetal health in humans, but recent studies increasingly show the completion of normal gestation is an important key to long term health far into adulthood, and therefore of benefit to society.
Comparative physiology is a powerful tool in the study of human reproduction and an important part of this program but it is also relevant in its own right since similar completion of normal gestation in domestic species directly effects newborn survival and health/growth rate and so the efficiency of US agriculture. The Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Program includes studies from neuroendocrine control of ovulation, sperm motility and fertilization, implantation and placentation all the way through development to term and beyond in a wide variety of mammalian species as well as numerous cell models. Several aspects of the reproductive studies currently active in this program are also relevant to many other areas of human health. Studies of embryo implantation and placentation are of relevance to invasive tumors and immune tolerance in general. Studies of placental growth factors and estrogens in placental and maternal vascular remodeling/ angiogenesis impact directly on the control of blood supply to and growth of tumors. Many of the studies of the endocrine regulation of and roles of estrogen and progesterone in the reproductive cycle and pregnancy are directly relevant to both menopause and the possible fertility suppressing effects of phytoestrogens. In addition there are several faculty directly investigating pregnancy related diseases, including preeclampsia, timing of puberty, menopause, intrauterine growth retardation, prenatal programming of polycystic ovarian syndrome and social/stress inhibition of fertility. Many of our faculty also study tumors of mammary and other origins, as well as leading the field in more general areas of cell signaling. These topics are highly relevant to all aspects of reproductive physiology in general and human reproduction in particular. Finally, a recent addition to the breadth of the program of relevance to human health is that of Embryonic Stem Cell research, stimulated largely by the recent recruitment of Dr. James Thomson, a pioneer in the field, and Dr. Jon Ordorico, a transplant surgeon.
In view of the importance of the need for an understanding of reproduction to society it follows that the training of future scientists in this field is of value to society. We propose the ERP, with its wide base of interdisciplinary research at all levels of reproduction, is an appropriate body to undertake that training and we therefore submit this proposal for predoctoral fellowship support.
Professional Development Resources for Graduate Students
The ERP Program is committed to providing all graduate students professional development opportunities through participation in scientific meetings, teaching, grant writing, responsible conduct in research, technical skills and career development. Each student’s faculty member will play a significant role in their professional development, however the University has a number workshops, seminars, and resources to compliment the individual training. The program has developed a list of resources of interest to both students and faculty members that can be accessed at our Professional Development page.
The training grant will only support domestic students who are either US citizens or greencard holders pursuing a PhD degree. Selected students must be within 1 semester of passing the preliminary exam and have at least 1 full year of experiments (bench work) to complete.
|wdt_ID||TRAINEE||GRANT YEARS||DEGREE||YEAR GRADUATED||ADVISOR||FIRST POSITION|
|1||Rachel Lane Dahn||2019-2020||PhD||In Progress||Bird||In Training|
|2||Amanda Mauro||2019-2020||PhD||In Progress||Boeldt||In Training|
|3||Katie Beverly||2018-2020||PhD||In Progress||Pattnaik||In Training|
|4||Anqi Fu||2018-2019||PhD||2019||Jorgensen||Research Account Manager, Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp|
|5||Sydney Nguyen||2018-2020||PhD||2020||Golos||Patient Safety Program Officer, Iowa City VA Medical Center|
|6||Jessica Vazquez||2018-2019||PhD||2019||Stanic-Kostic||Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Wisconsin - Madison|
|7||James Garcia||2017-2018||PhD||2018||Terasawa||Research Associate, University of Wisconsin - Madison|
|8||Nathan York||2017-2018||PhD||2018||Pattnaik||Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University St. Louis|
|9||Kenna Organ||2016-2018||PhD||2019||Shah||Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin - Madison|
|10||Marissa Kraynak||2016-2018||PhD||2018||Abbott||Science and Technology Policy Fellow, California Council on Science and Technology (Sacramento, CA)|
|11||Erin McMillan Slosarek||2015-2017||PhD||2017||Audhya||Scientist, Cellular Dynamics (Madison, WI)|
|12||Adriana Rodriguez||2015-2017||PhD||2017||Downs||Postdoctoral Scholar, MDI Biological Laboratory|
|13||Bryan Ampey||2014-2016||PhD||2016||Magness||Postdoctoral Trainee, Department of OBGYN, University of Wisconsin|
|14||Amanda Hankes||2014-2016||PhD||2018||Bird||Senior Scientist Group Leader, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories (Gaithersburg, MD)|
|15||Roxanne Alvarez||2013-2015||PhD||2016||Bird||Postdoctoral Trainee, Department of OBGYN, University of Wisconsin|
|16||Fatou Jallow||2013-2015||PhD||2018||Schuler||Assistant Researcher, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Wisconsin - Madison|
|17||Mayra Pastore||2012-2014||PhD||2015||Magness||Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept of Cell and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco|
|18||Luca Clemente||2012-2014||PhD||2018||Bird||Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Wisconsin|
|19||Megan Maguire||2011-2013||PhD||2017||Jefcoate||Postdoctoral Scholar, Aminal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland|
|20||Brian Kenealy||2011-2013||PhD||2013||Terasawa||Postdoctoral Scholar, WI National Primate Research Center, University of Wisconsin|
|21||Samantha Lewis||2010-2012||PhD||2014||Jorgensen||Applications Scientist, Promega Corp., Madison, WI|
|22||Katie Hackbart||2010-2012||PhD||2013||Wiltbank||Postdoctoral Trainee, Departmen of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin|
|23||S. Omar Jobe||2010-2011||PhD, MBA||2013||Magness||Global Product Manager, Boston Scientific|
|24||Ann Rozner||2009-2011||PhD||2011||Golos||Endocrinologist, Minitube of America, Verone, WI|
|25||Chanel Tyler||2009-2010||PhD||In Progress||Patankar|
|26||Derek Boeldt||2008-2010||PhD||2013||Bird||Postdoctoral Trainee, Department of OBGYN, University of Wisconsin|
|27||Kate Guerriero||2008-2010||PhD||2012||Terasawa||Student, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin|
|28||Maria Giakoumopoulos||2007-2009||PhD||2010||Golos||Postdoctoral Scholar, WI National Primate Center, University of Wisconin|
|29||Justin Bushkofshy||2007-2009||PhD||2012||Jefcoate||Postdoctoral Trainee, Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin|
|30||Amy Reeder||2006-2008||PhD||2008||Parrish||Assistant Research Scientist, Nichols Lab, Dept. of Surgery, University of Wisconsin|
|31||Jessica Drenzek||2006-2008||PhD||2008||Golos||Postdoctoral Scholar, WI National Primate Research Center|
|32||Jennifer Arens Gubbels||2006-2008||PhD||2009||Patankar||Assistant Professor, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD|
|33||Sekoni Noel||2005-2007||PhD||2008||Terasawa||Postdoctoral Scholar, Harvard University|
|34||Behzad Gerami-Naini||2004-2006||PhD||2006||Golos||Postdoctoral Scholar, Harvard University|
|35||J. Christina Pattison||2004-2006||PhD||2008||Bird||Medical Student, Penn State University|
|36||Jacqueline Cale||2004-2005||PhD||2005||Bird||Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Michigan|
|37||Nicole Korpi Steiner||2004-2005||PhD||2006||Bertics||Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Fellowship Program, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education|
|38||Adam Beard||2020-2021||PhD||In Progress||Wiltbank||In Training|
|39||Amanda Vanderplow||2020-2021||PhD||In Progress||Cahill||In Training|