Research Currently Funded

2020 Small Grant Recipients

  • Ahmed Balboula, Ph.D., University of Missouri, “Determining if Reduced Autophagic Activity is Responsible for DNA Damage-induced Aneuploidy in Aged Oocytes”   

  • Karen Berkowitz, M.D., University of Iowa, “CHTF18 Regulates Meiotic Cohesion and DNA Crossover formation to Safeguard the Quality of the Ovarian Reserve”   

  • Tracy Harrison, M.D., University of California San Diego, “Effects of Androgen on the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Gonadal Axis in Transgender Men”   

  • Winifred Mak, M.D., Ph.D., University of Texas Austin, “Establishment and Characterization of Miscarriage-specific Human Trophoblast Stem Cells”   

  • Rachel Mejia, D.O., University of Iowa, “Randomized Controlled Trial of Combined Letrozole and Clomiphene (CLC II) Versus Letrozole Alone for Women with Anovulation”   

  • Reshef Tal, M.D., Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine, “The Role of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Recurrent Implantation Failure”

2019 Large Grant Recipients

  • Heidi Cook-Andersen, MD, PhD/Louise Laurent, MD, PhD (co-PI’s), University of California, San Diego; "Defining the molecular basis of successful implantation and pregnancy of the human embryo to improve IVF success"
  • Werner Neuhausser, MD, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; "Identification of transcriptomic and epigenetic coordinates for post-implantation human embryonic development"
  • Gary D. Smith, PhD, HCLD, University of Michigan; "Human Embryo Mosaicism: Towards Understanding Longitudinal and Developmental Genetic Concordance Between Embryonic Trophectoderm, Inner Cell Mass, and Stem Cells"

2019 Small Grant Recipients

  • Rachel Weinerman, M.D., Case Western Reserve University, “Impact of repeated blastocyst vitrification and trophectoderm biopsy on embryonic gene expression and embryonic development in a mouse model”
  • Eve Feinberg, M.D., Northwestern University, “Characterizing Fertility Concerns among Women in Academic Medicine and Evaluating the Economic Impact of Fertility Preservation for Deferred Reproduction”
  • Lynae M. Brayboy, M.D., Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, “Dysfunctional MDR-1 disrupts mitochondrial homeostasis in the oocyte and ovary”
  • Joseph Letourneau, M.D., University of Utah, "Effect of Alkylating Agent Chemotherapy on the Uterus of Young Adult Cancer Survivors: Exploring the Uterus as a New Frontier for Fertility Preservation"
  • Amanda Kallen, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, “Noncoding-RNA-Mediated Mechanisms for Regulation of Follicular Quantity and Quality”