Campion Fund Triangle Consortium of Reproductive Biology Awardees

2014

Shannon Whirledge, PhD, MSc.

Presentation: Uterine glucocorticoid receptor knockout mice are sub-fertile and have aberrant signal transduction. She was a member of Dr. John Cidlowski’s Molecular Endocrinology Group at NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina at the time the award was received. In 2016 she joined the faculty at Yale University as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale Medical School and School of Public, Environmental Health Sciences, New Haven, Connecticut.

Chang Liu, PhD

Presentation: Somatic cell linage establishment during organogenesis or the mouse ovary. He was a member of the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Laboratory, NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina when the award was given. He is now a post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Dr. Yoh-suke Mukouyama at NHLBI, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland.

2015

Alisa Suen, PhD

Presentation: Aberrant SIX1 expression may contribute to the development of uterine adenocarcinoma following neonatal xenoestrogen exposure. She was a member of the Reproductive Medicine Group, Reproductive and Developmental Biology Laboratory, NIEHS working with Dr. Carmen Williams at the time of the award. She is currently a member of Dr. Carmen Williams’s laboratory at NIEHS, NIH, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Kristen Upson, PhD, MPH

Presentation: Early life factors associated with uterine fibroid development in later life. At the time of the award Dr. Upson was at NIEHS in the Epidemiology Branch, Women’s Health Group working with Dr. Donna Baird. Dr. Upson is currently Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University, School of Human Medicine, East Lansing, Michigan.

2016

Samuel Pendergraft, PhD, MMS

Presentation: Development of a novel 3-dimensional testicular organoid model for the study of human spermatogenesis and gonadotoxicity in vitro. At the time of the award he was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Wake-Forest University under Dr. Hooman Sadri Ardekani, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Currently he is located at the Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, where he is certified Physician’ s Assistant.

Fei Zhao, PhD

Presentation: Wolffian duct regression in the female embryo is the result of COUP-TFII action, not a lack of androgen action. He was a member of Dr. Humphrey Yao’s Reproductive and Developmental Biology Laboratory, Reproductive Developmental Biology Group at the time he was given the award. Currently, he continues to play a role in that laboratory at NIEHS, NIH, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

2017

Xiaoquin Wang, PhD

Presentation: SOX 17 governs the Indian Hedgehog to promote female fertility via uterine epithelial-stromal interactions. At the time of the award he was a member of the Reproductive and Developmental Biology Laboratory, Pregnancy and Female Reproduction Group, NIEHS, NIH NIEHS where he worked under Dr. Francesco DeMayo. He is now Assistant Professor in Physiology of Reproduction, Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Brook C. Matson, MD/PhD candidate

Presentation: Adrenomedullin improves fertility by promoting pinopodes and cell junctions in the peri-implantation endometrium. She was a fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Kathleen Caron, Departmant of Cell Biology and Physiology, UNC- Chapel Hill at the time she received the award. Currently she is in her final year in the MD/PhD program at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina,

Kathryn McClelland, PhD

Presentation: Loss of COUP-TFII (NR2F2) affects fetal testicular development. At the time she received the award she was a Visiting Fellow working in Dr. Humphrey Yao’s Reproductive Developmental Biology Group, Reproductive and Developmental Biology Laboratory at NIEHS. She is now a Visiting Fellow at NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland.

2018

Margeaux Wetendorf, PhD

Presentation: Cigarette Smoke-exposed adrenomedullin high mice exhibit abnormal placenta and delayed embryonic development. At the time of the award she was a fellow in Dr. Kathleen Caron’s laboratory, UNC-Chapel Hill. Currently she is a post-doctoral student in Dr. Caron’s Laboratory, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Tyler Ramsey, DO candidate

Presentation: Steroid receptor hormonal activity of lavender and tea tree oil components. He was a predoctoral fellow in Dr. Kenneth Korach’s Reproductive and Developmental Biology Laboratory, Receptor Biology Group at NIEHS. He is now at Campbell University, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lillington, North Carolina, Class of 2022 and is Vice-President of the Student Government Association.

2019

Rong Li, PhD

Presentation: The overexpression of progesterone A or B isoform in uterine epithelium disrupts female fertility through LIF (leukemia inhibiting factor-and FOXO1 (forkhead box protein O1). She is a Fellow working with Dr. Francesco DeMayo, Reproductive and Developmental Biology Laboratory, Pregnancy and Female Reproduction Group, NIEHS, NIH, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Rosa Schrott, PhD candidate

Presentation: Cannabis use is associated with changes in autism candidate DLGAP2 DNA methylation in human sperm. She conducted this research in Dr. Susan Murphy’s Laboratory at Duke University. She is currently a graduate student in Dr. Murphy’s Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.