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Interdisciplinary Collaborations and Technologies

Human sparkThe highest impact science occurs when traditional research areas are combined in unconventional ways. The CRS community brings together >200 faculty and >100 trainees across 18 departmental disciplines to re-think reproductive science and medicine. We have merged:

  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility with Oncology to establish a new field of Oncofertility that impacts the clinical care of men, women, and children with fertility threatening conditions
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Structural Biology to solve the crystal structures of critical endocrine hormones
  • Egg and Sperm Biology with Chemistry to identify the inorganic zinc signature of life, which holds the promise of a novel non-invasive marker of gamete quality
  • Gonad and Reproductive Tract Biology with Bioengineering to generate reproductive prostheses and new methods to support in vitro gametogenesis and endocrine function
  • Meiosis with Biophysics to gain unprecedented insight into the micromechanical properties of oocyte chromosomes
  • Reproductive Endocrinology with Medical Anthropology to develop blood spot assays to measure reproductive function
  • Reproductive Science with Communication Sciences to create new tools to teach reproductive biology across generations and audiences

Our faculty and collaborators work with a number of Northwestern programs, centers, and departments including: