Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program

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 Keith Latham, PhD
 Professor of Animal Science and Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics


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.

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.

Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Training Program

This Month

August 7, 2017 1310 AH/GR 220 Secchia Journal Club Yong Pu (Veiga-Lopez Lab)
August 14, 2017 1310 AH/GR 220 Secchia Guest Seminar SooHyun Ahn - Post Doctoral candidate seminar (Petroff lab)
August 21, 2017 1310 AH/GR 220 Secchia RIP Metting (Trainee); 2 speakers Meghan Ruebel (Latham Lab), Ashley Severance (Latham Lab)
August 28, 2017 1310 AH/GR 220 Secchia RIP Meeting (Trainee); 2 speakers Peter Schall (Latham Lab)

News

Michigan State researchers are on the cusp of developing a birth control for men

Scientists at Michigan State University might have uncovered the key to developing an effective male birth control pill.

In studying the causes of male fertility and infertility and using a new gene editing technology, researchers discovered that they can effectively block the gene that controls sperm production in mice, rendering them infertile.

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Gene discovery points to potential male birth control

New research offers a genetic foundation for male birth control beyond condoms or vasectomies.

As reported in Nature Communications, Chen Chen, assistant professor of animal science at Michigan State University, and a team of scientists turned off the gene that controls sperm production, effectively silencing spermatogenesis in mice.

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RDSP Image featured on AJP-Cell Physiology Website

AJP Cell Cover Image Oct Dec 2017 Image from manusript "PLK1 regulates spindle association of phosphorylated eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E binding protein, and spindle function in mouse oocytes” to the American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology" by Keith Latham featured on AJP-Cell Physiology website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Research Day Event

The Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program comprises a multidisciplinary, multi-college, multi-departmental group of >30 faculty having research interests related to reproductive biology and developmental biology, including, basic, clinical, agricultural, and translational science. The RDSP is also home to an NIH-funded T32 Training Grant. The RDSP Annual Research day, supported in part by the NIH T32 Training Grant and by the Michigan State University Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, provides an opportunity for our trainees to showcase their research, in either oral or poster formats. Additionally, this year’s Plenary speaker will be Dr. Susan Moenter, University of Michigan, who is a world-renowned expert in central regulation of reproduction with an emphasis on gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons communication and neuroendocrine feedback control. The title of her talk will be: “Don’t judge a book by its cover: the reproductive neuroendocrine system before puberty”. All interested faculty and trainees are welcome to register and attend. Undergraduate, Graduate and Postdoctoral trainees are encouraged to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations. The meeting will be held November 16, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Auditorium and Lincoln Room.

November 16th
9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Auditorium
219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824
Lunch and poster sessions will be held in the Lincoln Room.
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PLK1 regulates spindle association of phosphorylated eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E binding protein, and spindle function in mouse oocytes

New role for Polo like kinase one in mammalian meiosis discovered. See article in upcoming issue of American Journal of Physiology, Cell Physiology

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