About Us

Main Staff

Director

Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Reproductive and Placental Research Unit

Research Assistant Ob/Gyn

Director of Laboratory Services

Director of Clinical Services

Sponsors

Women's Health Research at Yale

Women’s Health Research at Yale funds promising new approaches to understanding sex and gender differences. They bring together Yale faculty from different fields to answer real-world health questions and train the next generation of researchers and clinicians committed to advancing women’s health. They share their findings with the public and policymakers, so that everybody can make more informed health decisions. To learn more about Women's Health Research at Yale, their mission, funding opportunities, community partners and affiliates, please visit their website or click their logo.
Lincoln Kliman

Lincoln W. Kliman Memorial Fund

The Lincoln W. Kliman Memorial Fund supports research into the causes and potential cures of sarcomas and other cancers.

National Institutes of Health

A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world. Thanks in large part to NIH-funded medical research, Americans today are living longer and healthier. Life expectancy in the United States has jumped from 47 years in 1900 to 78 years as reported in 2009, and disability in people over age 65 has dropped dramatically in the past 3 decades. In recent years, nationwide rates of new diagnoses and deaths from all cancers combined have fallen significantly.

Collaborators, Students, & Staff

Bio Profile

Clare Flannery, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and of Medicine (Endocrinology)

Co-Director, Yale University Reproductive Sciences Biobank (YURS)

Dr. Flannery received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Wellesley College in 1995 before obtaining her M.D. degree from Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland in 2001. She completed internship in medicine and surgery at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin Ireland, and then Internal Medicine residency in the Women’s Health Track at Jacobi Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. She was selected to be Chief Resident in Internal Medicine in 2005-2006. She then went on to...

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France Galerneau, MD, FRCS(C)

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Across the Lifespan Mastercourse, YSM

Dr Galerneau was born and raised in Canada where she completed her medical education including a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. After practicing perinatalogy for 12 years at University of British Columbia in Canada, she joined the MFM team at Yale University.

Her scholarly interests include: undergraduate medical education in the field of reproduction, graduate education in maternal-fetal-medicine, particularly Ob&Gyn ultrasound, obstetrical and...

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Seth Guller, PhD

Senior Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Gyn/Endocrine Laboratory

Dr. Seth Guller, trained as a biochemist, joined the Yale Fertility Center as Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology Laboratory in 2007. The function of this clinical laboratory is to provide rapid hormone analysis for patients as well as test results for research studies. Dr. Guller strives to implement new tests for the recently acquired Roche Cobas e411 analyzer to improve the quality of patient care. He has also directed a research laboratory for the last 21 years. Dr. Guller has...

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Akiko Iwasaki, PhD

Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Akiko Iwasaki received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (Canada) in 1998, and her postdoctoral training from the National Institutes of Health (USA) (1998-2000). She joined Yale University (USA) as a faculty in 2000, and currently is an Investigator of the HHMI and Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Department of Immunobiology, and of Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology. Akiko Iwasaki’s research focuses on the mechanisms of immune defense against viruses at the...

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Carolyn M. Mazure, PhD

Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women's Health Research and Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology

Director, Women's Health Research at Yale

Carolyn Mazure is the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women's Health Research and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale School of Medicine. She created and directs Yale's interdisciplinary research center on health and gender — Women's Health Research at Yale.

After three years at the National Institutes of Health and fellowship training at Yale, Dr. Mazure was invited to join the Yale faculty — becoming an active clinician, a researcher funded by the...

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Gil Mor, MD, PhD, MSc

Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director Reproductive Immunology Unit and Discovery to Cure Program

Editor in Chief, AJRI

Gil Mor, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Mor has focused his studies on the interaction between reproductive organs and the innate immune system. In his research he examines topics related to the immunology of implantation, the role of apoptosis in tissue remodeling and cancer, as well as the role of inflammation in cancer formation and progression. Dr. Mor earned his Ph.D. in Immunoendocrinology from the...

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Lubna Pal, MBBS, FACOG

Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Director, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Program

Director, Menopause Program

Interim Section Chief, REI

REI Fellowship Director

Dr. Lubna Pal is the director of two clinical programs at Yale Reproductive Endocrinology: the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Program and the Menopause Program. Dedicated to helping couples conceive, Dr. Pal develops individualized treatment plans to help infertile couples overcome specific fertility-related challenges they may face. “It is a privilege to assist couples achieving healthy pregnancies,” she says.

In 1988, Dr. Pal received her MBBS from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan....

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Gary Rudnick, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology

Professor Rudnick is a graduate of Antioch College, where he received a B.S. in Chemistry in 1968. He performed graduate studies in the enzymology of amino acid racemases in the laboratory of Robert H. Abeles in the Graduate Department of Biochemistry at Brandeis University, receiving a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1974. His graduate studies led to an understanding of the structure and mechanism of proline racemase that was confirmed by the crystal structure of a homologous protein in 2006. ...

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W. Mark Saltzman, PhD

Goizueta Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Chemical Engineering, Head of Jonathan Edwards College

Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering

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Reshef Tal, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Dr. Reshef Tal is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale School of Medicine and a Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Scholar. He obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at Sackler School of Medicine in Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Following a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Lunenfeld Research Institute at the University of Toronto, he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maimonides Medical Center, NY,...

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Hugh Taylor, MD

Anita O'Keeffe Young Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine

Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Dr. Taylor is the Anita O'Keeffe Young Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is also Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental biology at Yale University. His clinical interests include IVF, infertility, endometriosis, implantation, menopause, uterine anomalies and DES exposure.

Dr. Hugh Taylor received his undergraduate training at Yale...

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Gunter Wagner, PhD

Alison Richard Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Günter P. Wagner is an evolutionary geneticist with training in biochemcial engineering, zoology and mathematics from the University of Vienna, Austria. He spent six postdoctoral years at the Max Planck Institutes for Biophysical Chemistry (Goettingen, Germany) and for Developmental Biology (Tübingen, Germany). His academic career started at the University of Vienna and in 1991 he received a call to assume a full professorship at the Biology Department at Yale. From 1996 to 2001 he was Chair...

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Previous Staff

  • Julie McSweet, Research Supervisor
  • AnnMarie Franco, Research Assistant
  • Neha Desai, Research Assistant
  • Alicia Nicoletti, Patient Relations



Previous Students

Graduate Students
L-C Kao, Department of Pathology, University of Pennsylvania, “Trophoblast Interactions with Extracellular Matrix Proteins”
S Caltabiano, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania, “Role of GnRH in Trophoblast hCG Synthesis and Secretion”
E Meaddough, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale University, “Sexual activity, orgasm and tampon use are associated with a decreased risk for endometriosis”
C Lynch, Nurse-Midwifery Program, School of Nursing, Yale University, “Causes of IUFD”
S Ye, Department of Statistics, Yale University, “Modeling of Estimated Placental Volume Growth Curves” and “Frequencies of trophoblast inclusions in normal and at-risk populations.”
K Anderson, Nurse-Midwifery Program, School of Nursing, Yale University, “Trophoblast Inclusions as a Predictor of Autism Risk.”
K Anderson, Nurse-Midwifery Program, School of Nursing, Yale University, “Estimated Placental Volume Normative Curves in Rwanda.”
B Fleming-Jones, Nurse-Midwifery Program, School of Nursing, Yale University, “Trophoblast Inclusions and Autism”
Saier (Vivien) Ye, Department of Statistics, Yale University, "Estimated Placental Volume" and "Trophoblast inclusions and autism risk."

Medical Fellows
MA Feinman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania, “Role of cAMP in Trophoblast Differentiation”
L Schwartz, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale School of Medicine, “Mouse Ascites Golgi (MAG) Mucin Expression And Regulation By Progesterone In The Rat”
D Fishman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale School of Medicine, “ECM Attachment  Assay for Ovarian Cancer Cells Lines”
M Cunningham, Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, “Interleukin-8 Secretion by Trophoblasts in Response to Endotoxin”
M Nachtigall, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale School of Medicine, “Role of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor in Trophoblast Differentiation and Implantation”
T Asis, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale School of Medicine, “EPO  and CRH Expression in Normal and Stressed Placentas”
A Rebarber, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale School of Medicine, “Identification of fetal squamous cells in the maternal circulation”
D Duffy, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale School of Medicine, “Frequency of placental pathology in a community hospital population.”
X Ying, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale School of Medicine, “Frequency of placental pathology in a community hospital population.”
K Yusuf, Department of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, “Maternal immunologic rejection of the placenta”
H Azpurua, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Yale University “Validation of mathematical models of intrauterine placental volume estimates”
K Campbell, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale School of Medicine, “Normative placental growth curves using Estimated Placental Volume (EPV)”

Post-Doctoral Fellows
R Feinberg, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania, “Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor Expression in Invading Trophoblasts”
X Li, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Korea, “Degradation Pathways of hCG in the Chorionic Villous”
K-S Lee, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pusan National University, Korea, “Degradation Pathways of hCG in the Chorionic Villous Core”

Senior Medical Thesis Advisor
E Buchanan, Medical Student Research Fellow of the American Heart Association, Department of Pathology, University of Pennsylvania, “Urokinase Receptor: A Modulator for Trophoblast Invasion?”
L Elmore, Yale University School of Medicine, “Induction of MAG Mucin Estrogen Responsiveness in HT-3 Cells”
R Dubowy, Yale University School of Medicine, “Cyclins as a Marker of Endometrial Differentiation”
E Nannenberg, Visiting Medical Scholar, State University Groningen, Faculty of Medical Sciences, “Expression of MAG mucin in normal and infertile patient populations.”
E Arleo, Yale University School of Medicine, “Psycho-social implications of complicated obstetrical cases”
E Harel, Yale University School of Medicine, “5HT expression in human trophoblasts.”
K MM Isakov (Murdaugh), Yale University School of Medicine, "Association of Estimated Placental Volume with Birthweight."

Undergraduate Senior Thesis Advisor
S Wu, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania, “Effect of ECM on Trophoblast Endocrine Function”
K Ahn, Yale College, Yale University, “Identification of endometrial tissue in menstrual and peritoneal fluid: precursor for endometriosis?”
J Arruda, Yale College, Yale University, “MAG mucin as a predictor of endometrial receptivity”
M Sleater, Yale College, Yale University, “Villous edema expression in the placenta as a consequence of intrauterine inflammation”
I Maytal, Yale College, Yale University, “Degradation pathways of hCG in the human placenta”
L French, Yale College, Yale University, “Association of trophoblast inclusions with genetic defects”
J Catalanotti, Yale College, Yale University, “Does MAG mucin expression in a natural cycle predict subsequent IVF outcome?”
T La, Yale College, Yale University, “Correlation of syncytial knots with umbilical artery Doppler velocimetry”
Y Levin, Yeshiva University, New York, “Timing and cytokine regulation of villous edema”
C Drewes, Yale College, Yale University, “Time course of meconium interaction with the fetal membrane”
K Gluck, Yale College, Yale University, “Endometrial function test (EFT) patterns in infertile women”
A Labowsky, Yale College, Yale University, “Time course of meconium interaction with the fetal membrane”
A Lorch, Yale College, Yale University, “Endometrial function test (EFT) patterns in infertile women”
I Magidina, Yale College, Yale University, “TNFalpha expression in normal and inflamed placentas”
A Jacobs, Yale University Physician’s Assistants Program, “Placental Morphology in Developmental Disorders”
N Tamhankar, Yale College, Yale University, “Expression of 5HT and its receptors in normal and genetically abnormal placentas.”
S Lynch, Yale College, Yale University, “PP13: localization, function and utility in predicting gestational hypertension.”
A Socik, Yale College, Yale University, “Frequency of trophoblast inclusions in normal and ASD populations.”
Y Lee, Yale College, Yale University, “Estimated Placental Volume (EPV) normal curve development.”
P Subramanyam, Yale College, Yale University, “Estimated Placental Volume (EPV) normal curve development.”
C Seaver, Yale College, Yale University, “The Duality of Psychological Distress in the Evolving Interplay of Psychology and Infertility."
N Garza, Yale College, Yale University, “Frequencies of Trophoblast Inclusions in Karyotypically Validated Pregnancy Loss Placentas.”
S Quaratella (Barry), Yale College, Yale University, “Serotonin expression and function in ASD versus normal placentas.”
T Stanic, Yale College, Yale University, “The Role of Serotonin in Colon Cancer Growth.”

Summer Student Advisor
J Wetmore, Yale College, Yale University, “Endometrial MAG mucin expression in normal and infertile patients”
L Gordon, Yale College, Yale University, “Endometrial receptivity and MAG mucin expression”
I Maytal, Yale College, Yale University, “Degradation pathways of hCG in the human placenta”
G Brainard, Yale College, Yale University, “Cyclin E and p27 expression in the endometrium of patients with unexplained infertility”
C Millerick, Yale College, Yale University, “Validation of the Endometrial Function Test (EFT)”
A Orina, Yale College, Yale University, “Effect of stress on markers of endometrial development”
A Lorch , Yale College, Yale University, “Endometrial function test (EFT) patterns in infertile women”
C Lynch, Duke University, “Trophoblast inclusions as a marker of genetic and/or developmental abnormalities”
C Castaneda, Yale College, Yale University, “Frequency of Chlamydial infections in unexplained infertility cases”
R Baker, High School Scholar, “Epidemiology of IUGR”
Y Chen, Yale College, Yale University “Validation of mathematical models of intrauterine placental volume estimates”
C Lynch, Yale University School of Nursing, Midwife Program, “Causes of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss”
A Anders, University of Washington, St. Louis, BioSTEP Scholar, “Validation of Vscan for Estimated Placental Volume measurements”
N Sinha, Discovery to Cure High School Internship Program, Yale University School of Medicine, "Serotonin Expression in the Placenta"
C Kruglik, Discovery to Cure High School Internship Program, Yale University School of Medicine, "Frequency of Trophoblast Inclusions in Pregnancy Loss Tissues"
E Siegman, Fordham University, "Serotonin Expression in Cancers."
A Setaro, Boston University, "Serotonin transport in the human placenta."
K Quinlan, Yale College, Yale University, "Behavioral Outcomes Following PlacentASD Testing."
Z Subha, Yale College, Yale University, “Serotonin expression and function in cultured trophoblasts.”
S Waddell, University of Miami, “Regulation of 5HT transport in the human placenta.”
J Norahs, University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy of Medicine, Gothenburg, Sweden, “Serotonin uptake into placental nuclei.”