Alexandra Yaw

Alexandra Yaw, postdoc in Dr. Hanne Hoffmann’s Lab, received an NIH F32 fellowship for her project entitled, “The role of seasonal changes in light on the reproductive axis in female mice.”

Hanne Hoffmann

Dr. Hoffmann’s opinion piece for Science, Boosting cognition with a hormone, discusses gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), shown to improve cognitive function in mouse models of Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s, as a potential avenue for people living with genetic disorders. Dr. Hoffman is also interviewed in both Scientific American, A Hormone May Boost Cognition in Down Syndrome and U.S. News, In Small Study, Hormone Boosts Thinking Skills in Men with Down Syndrome.

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MSU researchers reveal findings from a dual-purpose grant from the USDA and NIH to study assisted reproductive technologies for cattle and humans

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at Michigan State University are studying ovarian stimulation protocols in cattle and in vitro fertilization in humans simultaneously. The team found the standard practice of using high levels of hormones to stimulate ovaries is linked to negative outcomes in live birth rates in women and disruptions to ovarian genes in cattle.

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Dr. Hanne Hoffmann’s article entitled “Low CLOCK and CRY2 in 2nd Trimester Human Maternal Blood and Risk of Preterm Birth a Nested Case Control Study,” published in the October 2021 issue of Biology of Reproduction -  has been selected as Biology of Reproduction’s most popular research article of 2021 based on Altmetric score. She and her group received the “2021 BoR Most Popular Research Article Award” at the SSR annual meeting held in Spokane, Washington in July 2022.

RDSP 5th Annual Research Day

Announcing this year’s award winners for best oral presentation, Robin Kruger, and best poster presentation, Alex Moauro, at the 5th Annual RDSP Research Day, held April 14th at the Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building (ISTB) on the East Lansing campus.

Special thanks to all of the organizers and volunteers who helped make the event a success!

The 2022 Trainee Organizing Committee:

Soo Hyun Ahn, Ph.D.
Gregory Burns, Ph.D. 
Cole McCutcheon
Kaitlin Karl
Genna Moldovan
Maria Ochoa-Bernal
Diana Pacyga
Yong Song, M.D., Ph.D.
Alexandra Yaw, Ph.D. 
Zhaoran Zhang

Christina Chan

At Michigan State University, researchers are unlocking the power of genuine collaboration to drive discovery and create healthier tomorrows for all.

Spartan engineers are partnering with biological and health scientists to develop innovative solutions to fight diseases and improve treatments.

“Engineers and biological scientists look at problems differently,” says Christina Chan, University Distinguished Professor, George W. Bissell Professor and interim chairperson of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. “The advantage of having different perspectives is that then people come with different backgrounds, and that tends to engender a more creative approach to solving some of these research problems and questions that are raised.”

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asgi fazleabasDr. Asgi Fazleabas received the 2020 Career Achievement Alumni Award from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of living University of Illinois College of ACES alumni who have had exceptional professional achievement and/or made extraordinary humanitarian contributions. Due to COVID, last year’s gala was virtual, so recipients attended this year’s gala in person to be recognized for their great accomplishments.

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rita strakovsky phdDr. Rita Strakovsky received the 2021 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of University of Illinois College of ACES young alumni who have had exceptional professional achievement and/or made extraordinary humanitarian contributions.

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Yuan Wang

For a human life to form, a sperm must fertilize an egg. Michigan State University’s Yuan Wang is working to understand how the precursors of eggs and sperm are developed in embryos and what interferes with this process to cause infertility in adults.

"In multicell organisms like humans, one fertilized egg can develop into all cell types with diverse biological functions that make up the body,” says Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Some of these cells become eggs (in female) and sperm (in male). This fascinating process forms a cycle of life and inspires me to understand how this happens."

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One in ten babies is born prematurely in the United States, but a blood test during a routine prenatal visit could reveal if a woman is at risk of a preterm delivery, according to a Michigan State University researcher.

“Preterm births are common,” said Hanne Hoffmann, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “If we know the mother is at risk for a preterm birth, her doctor can monitor her more closely.”

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