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)



Mice have been and will continue to be good base models for human medicinal advances. However, their size and some of their physiological differences leave them lacking in important areas of human medicine, including neurological and reproductive research.

In a study led by Michigan State University, scientists have shown that gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technology can be quite effective in rhesus monkey embryos ­– the first time this has been demonstrated in the U.S.

The results, published in the current issue of Human Molecular Genetics, open the door for pursuing gene editing in nonhuman primates as models for new therapies, including pharmacological, gene- and stem cell-based therapies, said Keith Latham, MSU animal science professor and lead author of the study.


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Trainee Awards

Sean Nguyen (PhD student, Dr. Petroff)

  • Environmental Integrative Toxicological Sciences Travel Fellowship, Michigan State University Institute for Integrative Toxicology

Jacob Greenberg (Undergraduate Student, Dr. Petroff)

  • First place, Microbiology, Immunology & Infectious Disease Oral presentation, University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, MSU
  • William Sayer Scholarship, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, MSU
  • College of Natural Science Undergraduate Research Support Scholarship Awarded

Alysha Yoe (Undergraduate Student, Dr. Veiga Lopez)

  • 2017 Undergraduate Research Award (First Place), Michigan Society of Toxicology

Ranu Sinniah(Y1 Medical Student, Dr. Racicot)

  • Keenan Joseph Marshall Neurology Research Scholarship
  • College of Human Medicine, Office of Research 

MSU researchers study in vitro fertilization using cows


IrelandA Michigan State University researcher has received a $1.65 million grant that looks to bring a better understanding about fertility treatments in women by studying the effect of hormones on ovulation and reproduction in cows.

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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 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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