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CRS Scientist Spotlight on Hana Kubo

I am surrounded by some of the best reproductive scientists here – I learn new things everyday, so as a reproductive science enthusiast I couldn’t have found a better place to go through my graduate studies.”

Hana Kubo is 3rd year PhD student in Dr. Monica Laronda's lab. Her research focuses on whether stem cells can be differentiated into hormone-producing ovarian cells (granulosa and theca cells), and whether granulosa cell function can be manipulated by imposed morphological changes. 

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Name: Hana Kubo

Position: PhD Graduate Student

Mentor: Monica Laronda, PhD

Thesis Title: Form informs function: producing ovarian hormones through informed cellular environments

 

What brought you to join the CRS community and what is your current position? 

I have been interested in reproductive science and research since middle school. When applying to PhD programs I got really excited about the reproductive science community at Northwestern, and I actively looked for reproductive science labs. I joined the Laronda lab because I found the research to be very innovative and exciting, and also felt really at home. 

Could you describe your research? 

I am interested in whether stem cells can be differentiated into hormone-producing ovarian cells (granulosa and theca cells), and whether granulosa cell function can be manipulated by imposed morphological changes 

What aspect(s) of CRS do you find most valuable?  

I think being able to meet other trainees that are passionate about reproductive science is one of the best parts of being a member of CRS.  

What has been the most valuable aspect to your training as a reproductive scientist? 

It’s great that I am surrounded by some of the best reproductive scientists here – I learn new things everyday, so as a reproductive science enthusiast I couldn’t have found a better place to go through my graduate studies.  

What is one piece of advice you would give to young scientists starting in their journey in science?  

Find out what your preferred lab environment is early on in your training! I think this is key for having an enjoyable and fruitful scientific career. 

What do you think will be the next big contribution in the reproductive biology field?  

(Although I may be biased) I think it’s the use of stem cells to differentiate into reproductive tissues. Stem cells will allow for development for personalized medicine in reproductive science and further understanding of the reproductive tract. 

What hobbies do you have outside of the lab?   
I have been getting into painting my nails since I have been spending more time at home! If anyone has recommendations for brands of polish, please let me know!