Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Mouse Oocyte, image provided by Dr. Scott Coonrod  

Research


Reproductive Biology

Progression of spermatogenesis in wildtype malesPerpetuation of any species is the outcome of normal reproductive processes. However, this fundamental element of biology is countered by a need to control fertility to match the sustainability of our natural resources, a very difficult task of growing national and international concern. At Cornell University, research into aspects of reproductive biology encompasses a host of different species (from mice and human beings to cattle and horses), examining both male and female reproductive function and fertility at the systems, endocrine, gonadal, genetic, and molecular levels. Our research groups are highly collaborative and help to form the Center for Reproductive Genomics as well as a Training Program in Reproductive Genomics supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. This group also boasts one of the longest running journal clubs and seminar series on the Cornell campus.

 

Faculty Research area(s) Graduate Field Membership
(Biological & Biomedical Sciences Fields in bold)
Doug Antczak
Doug Antczak
pregnancy immunology; immunogenetics; equine immunology

 

Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Immunology & Infectious Disease; Molecular & Integrative Physiology
W. Ron Butler
W. Ron Butler
reproductive physiology; gonadotropins and ovarian function; reproduction/nutrition interactions Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Animal Science
Paula E. Cohen
Paula E. Cohen
etiology of spontaneous birth defects in mammals; mechanisms of meiotic recombination; DNA repair proteins in meiosis and recombination; germ cell development; ovarian development Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Genetics, Genomics and Development; Genomics
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Pierre Comizzoli
Reproductive physiology; fertility preservation and control for rare and endatngered species; assisted reproductive techniques; cryobiology of gametes and reproductive tissues; biostabilization Zoology & Wildlife Conservation
Scott Coonrod
Scott Coonrod
reproductive physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; epigenetic reprogramming during the egg-to-embryo transition; mechanisms by which specific histone modifications are dynamically regulated during hormone-dependent gene transcription in breast cancer cells Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Paul D. Curtis
Paul D. Curtis
animal behavior; population ecology; reproductive biology Zoology & Wildlife Conservation; Natural Resources
Robin L. Davisson
Robin L. Davisson
molecular mechanisms of determining normal cardiovascular function and pathogenesis of certain cardiovascular diseases; central neural control of blood pressure and autonomic function; molecular determinants of cardiac disease; molecular pathophysiology of preeclampsia Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Pharmacology;
Environmental Toxicology
Joanne Fortune
Joanne Fortune
ovarian development and function; regulation of ovarian follicular development and function Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Animal Science; Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Maria Garcia-Garcia
Maria Garcia-Garcia
development biology in mice and flies; genetics of developmental mechanisms that influence embryonic morphology Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology; Genetics, Genomics and Development
Robert O. Gilbert
Robert O. Gilbert
theriogenology; bovine health and reproduction; canine genetics Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Laura C. Harrington
Laura C. Harrington
mosquito biology and behavior; disease ecology and evolution; epidemiology; medical entomology; mosquito biology; vector-borne disease ecology Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; Entomology
Patricia A. Johnson
Patricia A. Johnson
animal science and physiology; endocrinology and reproductive physiology Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Animal Science
Siu Sylvia Lee
Siu Sylvia Lee
molecular genetics of aging; signaling pathways of nutrient sensing; molecular basis of stress response Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology; Computational Biology;
Genetics, Genomics and Development; Nutrition
Marla Lujan
Marla Lujan
nutritional regulation of fertility; endocrinology and metabolism; polycystic ovary syndrome; ultrasonography Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Nutrition
Vicki Meyers-Wallen
Vicki Meyers-Wallen
inherited canine diseases; reproductive tract disorders Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Alexander Nikitin
Alexander Nikitin
genetic modeling of human cancer in the mouse; early detection and monitoring of carcinogenesis; neoplasms of reproductive and endocrine systems Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Environmental Toxicology
Kimberly O'Brien
Kimberly O'Brien
calcium metabolism and bone health; control of maternal/fetal nutrient; partitioning and cellular mineral transport; micronutrient status in international settings; development of mass spectrometric methodology; pediatric bone health; pregnancy and mineral metabolism in adolescents Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Nutrition
John E. Parks
John E. Parks
spermatogenesis in vitro; gamete physiology; cryobiology Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Animal Science
Ned J. Place
Ned J. Place
mammalian reproductive biology with a focus on the life history of trade-offs associated with timing of hormone secretion and reproductive effort, sexual differentiation Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Molecular & Integrative Physiology;
Zoology & Wildlife Conservation; Neurobiology & Behavior
pukazhenski
Budhan Pukazhenthi

Comparative reproductive biology; Assisted reproductive technologies; Wildlife conservation

Zoology & Wildlife Conservation
Susan M. Quirk
Susan M. Quirk
reproductive physiology; focus on molecular and cellular aspects of ovarian function Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Animal Science
Mark Stephen Roberson
Mark Stephen Roberson
molecular endocrinology in reproductive tissues Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Molecular & Integrative Physiology;
Pharmacology; Environmental Toxicology
John Schimenti
John Schimenti
mouse genetics and functional genomics; genomic instability; genetic recombination; genetics of gametogenesis and development; use of ES cells to mutagenize the mouse genome Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Molecular & Integrative Physiology;
Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology; Genetics, Genomics and Development; Genomics
Donald H. Schlafer
Donald H. Schlafer
reproductive pathology; infectious diseases Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Sekvaraj
Dr. Vimal Selvaraj
Pluripotency and Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine, Animal Biotechnology, Technologies for Wildlife Conservation Zoology & Wildlife Conservation; Animal Science
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Nucharin Songsasen
Reproductive biology; cyrobiology; wildlife conservation Zoology & Wildlife Conservation
Susan S. Suarez
Susan S. Suarez
sperm motility regulation and transport into the female reproductive tract Comparative Biomedical Science; Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Zoology & Wildlife Conservation
Alexander J. Travis
Alexander J. Travis
comparative biology of male germ cells; signaling and metabolism of sperm during capacitation; organization of lipid raft membrane sub-domains in sperm; applications of technologies using reproductive stem cells for wildlife conservation Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Molecular & Integrative Physiology;
Zoology & Wildlife Conservation; Animal Science
Robert S. Weiss
Robert S. Weiss
genomic maintenance mechanisms; cell cycle checkpoints; molecular responses to genomic stress; mouse models of genomic instability Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Molecular & Integrative Physiology;
Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology; Environmental Toxicology; Genetics, Genomics and Development; Genomics
Mariana Wolfner
Mariana Wolfner
molecular, developmental, and genetic studies of Drosophila reproduction; embryogenesis and nuclear envelope; function and evolution of reproductive genes Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Genomics and Development