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Hello 2018 – The Center for Reproductive Science January Recap

By: Chelsea Castleberry, CRS Program Assistant, January 22nd, 2018

The Center for Reproductive Science has had a busy start to 2018!

Two students working in the lab


Winter 2018 classes started on January 8th, and we were excited to get back into the lab! Our MS in Reproductive Science and Medicine students, both Thesis and Non-Thesis track, began the research portion of their degree.


Translational Lecture in Reproductive Science:

On January 11th, we welcomed Dr. Jennifer Gerton, Investigator at Stowers Institute for Medical Research,and Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at The University of Kansas School of Medicine. She presented a Translational Lecture in Reproductive Science, focused on, “What Ribosomal DNA Can Teach Us About Human Chromosomes and Cancer.” While she was in Chicago, she met with many of our faculty members and had lunch with our CRS Trainees.

Annual Neena B. Schwartz Lecture in Reproductive Science:

On January 17th, we welcomed Dr. Janice Evans, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Evans delivered our Annual Neena B. Schwartz Lecture in Reproductive Science on, “The oocyte’s progression through meiosis – challenges in space and time.” During her visit, she met with CRS faculty, had lunch with CRS Trainees, and spent time in the lab with some of our masters students!

Lecture audience

CRS Holiday Party:

On January 17th, the CRS Community celebrated the new year with our annual holiday party, and took home a 2018 CRS Calendar!

People at a holiday party

Career Catalysts Series:Tim Duncan giving a lecture



On January 18th, Timothy V. Duncan, PhD, Research Scientist at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discussed, “Careers for Scientists at the FDA and other government agencies” at our Career Catalyst Seminar.




CRS Alliances:

This week, we are excited to support the Women’s Health Research Institute as they celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the implementation of the landmark policy set forth by the NIH, requiring investigators to consider sex as a biological variable, at the 2nd Annual Symposium on Sex Inclusion in Biomedical Research: A Spotlight on Autoimmunity. The “Sex Cells” event will take place on January 25th, and will include plenary lectures from Maureen Su, MD, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Sabra L. Klien, PhD, Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Keynote Lecture from Jayne Danska, PhD, the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Chair in Molecular Medicine and Professor at the University of Toronto.