Reproductive Biology and Aging - Our research philosophy
Our research interests center on reproductive biology and women’s health, with an emphasis on aging. Active areas of research include:
Reproductive aging, oocyte dysfunction, and mitochondrial heterogeneity:
Mitochondrial heterogeneity in oocytes, and age-related shifts in molecular-defined mitochondrial subpopulations
Novel methods to evaluate mitochondrial subpopulations based on multiple parameters, and elucidation of the role of nuclear signaling to specific mitochondrial groups within a cell
Understanding the complex interactions between germline and soma (granulosa cells and their precursors) during follicle formation and growth, and how aging impacts these relationships
Stem cells as a model for ovarian somatic cell fate determination, and the utility of ‘synthetic’ stem cell-derived granulosa cells in regeneration and in application toward a bioengineered artificial ovary
Ex vivo ovarian modeling
October 2018 Congrats to graduate student Julie MacDonald and two LAIR undergraduate students, Nikki and Carleigh, on their publication in the Journal of Ovarian Research!
2018 Congratulations to lab alumna Christine Faraci and collaborator Sofia Annis on their recently accepted paper in Reproduction, Impact of exercise on oocyte quality in the POLG mitochondrial DNA mutator mouse.
May 2018 Alisha Bothun's paper was accepted to Stem Cells and Development, and her image was chosen for the cover!
2018 Woods lab awarded prestigious NSF CAREER award for work on mitochondrial heterogeneity and function. Congratulations to all graduate student and undergraduate student contributors on their excellent scientific efforts!
In December 2017, the Woods lab celebrated Christine Faraci as she graduated with her Master's degree! Congratulations Christine!
2017 Annual meeting for the Society for Reproductive Investigation was held in Orlando, Florida on March 15-18 where Alisha Bothun and Christine Faraci presented research posters, and Julie MacDonald presented a talk.
LAIR co-director Dr. Jonathan Tilly was the recipient of the Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award. Jon was honored at the Academic Honors Convocation for his contributions to the field with national and international significance.
The NSF awarded Honorable Mentions to Sofia Annis and Robert Logan, graduate students of the Khrapko Lab, for their Graduate Research Fellowship proposals. Congratulations!
Chapter contribution to the Encyclopedia of Cancer on granulosa cell tumors in press- nice work, Alisha!
2016 Annual Meeting for the Society for Reproductive Investigation was held in Montreal, Canada March 16-19th. Graduate students Julie MacDonald and Alisha Truman presented a talk and a poster, respectively.
Society for Reproductive Investigation 2015 Scientist Dr. Kshama Chandrasekhar was awarded with the 2015 SRI/Pfizer President's Presenter Award! Congrats Kshama!