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Get the Inside Scoop on our CRS Summit Speakers – Spotlight on Dr. Ariella Shikanov and Dr. Thomas O’Halloran!

By: Francesca Duncan, Executive Director, CRS, May 23, 2017

In preparation for our upcoming CRS Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit, the trainee organizing committee has been busy getting to know our speakers. Register for the Summit now and have the opportunity to interact with these vibrant leaders in our field!!!

Ariella Shikanov

Ariella Shikanov, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

Interviewed by Max Edmonds, MD/PhD Graduate Student, Woodruff Lab

Science topic most excited to see develop in future: Dr. Shikanov is most excited to see the development of personalized medicine. She hopes to see cancer eliminated and people being able to benefit from functional tissue engineered organs.

How she chose her career path: Dr. Shikanov has always been passionate about the human body and chemistry. She did her post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University, and her project in the Woodruff-Shea collaborator, which was the “perfect environment” for her to envision what she wanted to create in her own lab.

Thomas O'Halloran

Thomas V. O'Halloran, Ph.D., Morrison Professor of Chemistry, Molecular Biosciences, Director, Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, Associate Director of Basic Sciences, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Weinberg College of Arts & Science

Interviewed by Shimeng Liu, DGP Graduate Student, Bulun Lab

Science topic most excited to see develop in future: Dr. O’Halloran is most excited to see physical methods for single cell analysis of gametes and embryos be developed. This will allow us to better understand the inorganic physiology and molecular mechanisms governing sperm and egg quality.

How he chose his career path: Dr. O’Halloran chose his path because of his intense passion to satisfy his curiosity about the nature of the world and to use these discoveries to help people.