Reproductive and Developmental
Sciences Program

Vision: To be the leading Center of Excellence in the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences and enhance research partnerships with other research universities and international entities and uphold the traditions of an exceptional land grant institution.

Mission: The overall goal of the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program at Michigan State University is to leverage and expand ongoing collaborations between faculty working in animal science, human medicine, veterinary medicine, genetics, and regenerative medicine and to further formalize this unique trans disciplinary focus in a manner that will enhance the rate of scientific discovery and the quality of graduate and postdoctoral training.

The past two decades have ushered in landmark discoveries in the reproductive and developmental sciences of significant potential impact to human health and animal agriculture, including advancements in assisted reproductive technologies and derivation of human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells and the transition of regenerative medicine from the realm of theory to application. Michigan State University has a long history of excellence in the reproductive and developmental sciences, and is unique in having both cutting-edge research in the reproductive and developmental sciences across a wide range of animal models, clinical entities and in population-based human reproductive outcomes all on a single campus. The Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program  (RDSP) is composed of a strong and interactive group of faculty from the College of Human Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with diverse expertise and research interests who are engaged in fundamental and translational research geared towards advancements in regenerative medicine.

Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Training Program


Seminar Series - Jeff MacKeigan, PhD

The MSU Seminar Series

Jeff MacKeigan, PhD

Associate Professor

Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Van Andel Research Institute

“Precision Medicine: The Genomic Landscape of a Tumor Syndrome.”

Presentation Overview

Cancer genomics and cancer biology are both equally poised for impact in oncology from a drug discovery and therapeutic standpoint. Cancer genomic data coupled with the right functional screening approach can be exploited to reveal new disease biology and new drug targets. Our research spans a variety of cancers and technologies. We also use our cancer biology expertise and pathway knowledge to study tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). TSC is a rare disease, characterized by mutations in TSC1 or TSC2, two tumor suppressor genes located in the mTOR pathway. Often diagnosed during childhood, the disease causes tumors in major organs including the brain, kidneys, skin, and heart. We will present our latest data on new and existing therapeutic targets along with the genomic landscape of this disease.

Monday, December 19, 2016

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
220 Secchia Center
Videoconference to 1310 Anthony Hall
Host: Dr. Jose Teixeira

Ralston Lab Postdocs Received awards in Midwest Society for Developmental Biology Meeting

Dr. Alyson Lokken and Dr. Tristan Frum, two postdocs in the Ralston Lab, both received awards on their presentations at the Midwest Society for Developmental Biology Meeting in Ann Arbor, MI, October 26-28, 2016. Alyson received a prize for best poster, while Tristan received the award for best postdoctoral oral presentation, which will pay for him to attend the Society for Developmental Biology in Minneapolis in July, 2017.

Dr. Alyson Lokken, a postdoctoral fellow

Dr. Alyson Lokken, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Amy Ralston has received an award from the National Institutes of Health Contraception and Infertility Loan Repayment Program (NIH-LRP) from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for her research on the dual roles of OCT4 in preimplantation development.

Faculty Positions in Reproductive/Developmental Biology

As part of the Global Impact Initiative, Michigan State University is making a significant investment to advance research in reproductive and developmental biology. MSU has a growing cohort of well-funded, highly interactive faculty involved in research and discovery at the interface of human and animal infertility, developmental origins of health and disease and causes and remediation of adverse pregnancy outcomes which form the foundation of the MSU Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program http://rdsp.canr.msu.edu. Applications are currently being accepted for a tenured faculty position at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor level. The ideal candidate will be committed to interdisciplinary and collaborative research that complements current focal areas within the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program.


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