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

4-Dec-17 1310 AH/GR 220 Secchia Guest Seminar Dr. Courtney Carignan - "Flame retardants and fertility: using IVF as a model for reproductive health"
6-Dec-17 1310 AH/GR 220 Secchia Post Doctorate Candidate Greg Burns - "Insights into Conceptus-Maternal Interactions Via Extracellular Vesicles"
11-Dec-17 1310 AH/GR 220 Secchia RDSP Faculty Seminar Dr. Rita Strakovsky - "Endocrine disruptors, maternal adiposity, and gestational estrogen status"
18-Dec-17 1310 AH/GR 220 Secchia RIP Meeting (Trainee); 2 speakers Dr. Ding (Chen Lab);


Frontiers in Reproduction


COURSE DIRECTOR: Rafael Fissore, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Rafael Fissore, University of Massachusetts, Amherst This is an intensive, mentored training program in animal and human reproductive biology designed to transmit the latest conceptual advances in the field and provide hands-on experience with techniques used in research labs and in clinics. The ultimate goal is to train the future leaders in the field to improve reproductive outcomes in humans and animals. Topics covered include the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis; stem cells, gametogenesis and fertilization; assisted reproductive technologies; placentation and implantation strategies across species.

April 28 – June 10, 2018 | Application deadline January 18, 2018

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* The MBL is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

Asgi Fazleabas - University Distinguished Professor

Asgi Fazleabas, Professor and Associate Chair for Research, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology, College of Human Medicine, named University Distinguished Professor in 2017. This recognition is among the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member at Michigan State University.

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.