Reproductive Sciences

Stanic Lab publishes study in Frontiers in Immunology

Aleksandar Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Divisions of Reproductive Sciences and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, co-authored a new article published in Frontiers in Immunology. Postdoctoral researcher Jessica Vazquez, PhD, is lead author on the article, and co-authors include Mona A. Mohamed, Soma Banerjee, PhD, Logan T. Keding, PhD, Michelle ... more

Boeldt awarded Office of Vice Chancellor for Research grant

Congratulations to Derek Boeldt, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences! Boeldt received a UW-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Fall Research Competition award for the project “Endothelial immunomodulatory phenotypes may underlie preeclampsia”. The award supports one year of research associate salary and fringe benefits, from July... more

Betancourt Ponce inducted into Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Congratulations to Mayra Betancourt Ponce, UW School of Medicine and Public Health MD/PhD student and trainee in the labs of Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, and Manish Patankar, PhD, who was inducted into the University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society!“The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society commemorates the f... more

REI Division members lead sessions at 2023 ASRM Congress

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director Bala Bhagavath, MD, and Associate Professor Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, led sessions at this year’s American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress on October 14-18 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bhagavath presented Cesarean Scar Isthmoceles: When and How to Diagnose and Treat Surgically.Stanic-Kost... more

UW Ob-Gyn brings presentations to Association of Managers of Gynecology and Obstetrics conference

The Association of Managers of Gynecology and Obstetrics (AMGO) hosted their 47th Annual Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina September 24-27, 2023. The UW Department of Ob-Gyn was well represented at the event. A few of our department’s accomplishments:Kara Mulligan, MHA, MBA, FACHE, UW Ob-Gyn chief administrative officer, is president of AMGO and led the conference.Do... more

Cooney, Stanic co-author publication in Women

Associate Professor Laura Cooney, MD, and Associate Professor Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, both of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, co-authored a recent study in the journal Women. In “Rapid Ovarian Reserve Decline in a Woman with Pericentric Inv(9) Variant”, Cooney, Stanic, and lead author Leeann Bui, MD, UW SMPH graduate and current ob... more

Zheng earns Editor’s Choice distinction in Journal of Physiology

Congratulations to Jing Zheng, PhD, professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences, whose recent article was selected as the Editor’s Choice in the August issue of The Journal of Physiology! Zheng is senior author on the article; Chi Zhou, PhD, former postdoctoral trainee in the Department of Ob-Gyn and current assistant professor at the University of Arizona, is the fir... more

Welcome María Virumbrales-Muñoz, PhD, to Division of Reproductive Sciences

Please help us welcome María Virumbrales-Muñoz, PhD, to the Department of Ob-Gyn’s Division of Reproductive Sciences! Virumbrales-Muñoz will joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn as an assistant professor (tenure track) on September 1, 2023. Virumbrales-Muñoz earned a Master of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Zarago... more

Abbott published in Journal of the Endocrine Society

A new article published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society by David Abbott, PhD, professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences, uses a cross-sectional, cohort study to compare hormonal concentrations and body fat distribution between normal-weight women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and age and BMI-matched controls. In “Interplay of Cortisol, Testosterone, ... more

Golos, Stanic receive NIH R21 grant

Congratulations to Ted Golos, PhD, professor in the School of Veterinary Sciences and the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, and Aleks Stanic, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Divisions of Reproductive Sciences and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility! They received a new NIH R21 grant for the project “Gestationally driven trafficking of decidual lymphocyt... more

Zheng, Zhou publish in Journal of Physiology

Jing Zheng, PhD, professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, recently published an article in the Journal of Physiology entitled “MicroRNA-29 differentially mediates preeclampsia-dysregulated cellular responses to cytokines in female and male fetal endothelial cells.” Chi Zhou, PhD, a formal member of Division of Reproductive Sciences, is the first author a... more

Banerjee, Stanic, Cooney published in Immunohorizons

Congratulations to Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology graduate student Soma Banerjee, MD, who is lead author on a new article in the journal Immunohorizons! Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Reproductive Sciences, and Laura Cooney, MD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive... more

Congratulations to winners of the 2023 UW Ob-Gyn department awards!

On June 15, 2023, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing educational, research and administrative accomplishments throughout the year.The ceremony started by celebrating service milestones:Five Years:Carol Hulland - Administrative ManagerIrene Ong, PhD - Assistant ProfessorJennifer Karnowski, MD - Clinical Assistant ProfessorLaura Cooney, MD... more

Stanic, Ong Labs publish in the Journal of Immunology

A new study in collaboration between the Stanic and Ong research groups in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn will be published in the July 2023 issue of the Journal of Immunology!“Proteogenomic and V(D)J Analysis of Human Decidual T Cells Highlights Unique Transcriptional Programming and Clonal Distribution”, by Deborah A. Chasman; Rene Welch Schwartz; Jessica Vazquez; Melina Chav... more

Patankar Lab publishes study on endometriosis treatment in Reproduction

According to the World Health Organization, endometriosis affects roughly 10 percent of reproductive-aged women around the world; despite this prevalence, treatment options are limited. In a new study in Reproduction, members of the Patankar Lab describe a novel treatment strategy for the disease.“Oxidative phosphorylation inhibitors inhibit proliferation of endometriosis ce... more

UW Ob-Gyn presentations at 2023 Society for Reproductive Investigation Conference

In March 2023, the Society for Reproductive Investigation hosted their 70th Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane, Australia. Members of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn brought fantastic representation to the meeting: Irene Ong, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences, was invited to present during the “Circulating Factors Regulating Maternal/Fetal Immu... more

Molly Willging, PhD candidate in Abbott Lab, receives UW mentoring award

Sincere congratulations to Molly Willging, PhD student in the UW Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Program and member of the Abbott Lab! Willging is one of just two graduate students to receive the 2023 Undergraduate Symposium Mentor Award in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities.The Office of the Provost offers these awards to recognize the important role ment... more

M1 Samantha Williams in Abbott Lab receives Shapiro Summer Research grant

Congratulations to Samantha Williams, M1 student in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, who received a 2023 Shapiro Summer Research Program Award! Samantha was previously an undergraduate student in the lab of Professor David Abbott, PhD, and will be co-mentored by Abbott alongside Dan Ulrich, PhD, professor in the UW SMPH Department of Neuroscience.Samantha’s proje... more

Hutcherson receives Student National Medical Association Excellence in Pre-Medical Education Award

Beverly Hutcherson, graduate student in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program, received the Student National Medical Association Excellence in Pre-Medical Education Award at the 2023 Annual Medical Education Conference in Hartford, CT! Hutcherson is an MS student in the Abbott Lab, as well as Diversity and Inclusion Manager in the UW SMPH Dean's Office.Hutche... more

Patankar trainee Sejal Sharma accepted into Morgridge Entrepreneurial Bootcamp

Huge congratulations to Sejal Sharma, PhD candidate in the UW Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program and member of Manish Patankar’s lab, who was accepted into the Morgridge Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (MEB) for 2023!The MEB is a one-week intensive training program in technology entrepreneurship for graduate students in the sciences, engineering, and math. MEB is co-... more

UW Ob-Gyn named Preeclampsia Center of Excellence by Preeclampsia Foundation

After a highly successful visit from Preeclampsia Foundation CEO Eleni Tsigas in the summer of 2022, the Department of Ob-Gyn was named a Preeclampsia Center of Excellence!In June 2022, Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Ian Bird, PhD, professor of Reproductive Sciences, and Derek Boeldt, PhD, assistant professor of Reproductive Sciences, pre... more

Boeldt earns UPH-Meriter Foundation grant for preeclampsia research

Exciting news from Derek Boeldt, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences: he received a UnityPoint Health-Meriter Foundation grant for the project “Developing a Novel Diagnostic Test for the Early Detection of Preeclampsia”!The grant will support a research project that will investigate a novel approach to develop specific biomarkers for e... more

Abbott published in Fertility and Sterility

David Abbott, PhD, professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, co-authored a new publication in Fertility and Sterility!“Randomized clinical trial: effect of low-dose flutamide on abdominal adipogenic function in normal-weight women with polycystic ovary syndrome” shares results from a human clinical trial that demonstrates that a low dose of the androgen r... more

Bird published in Journal of Molecular Endocrinology

Congratulations to Ian Bird, PhD, professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, who published a new study in the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology!Bird and postdoctoral scholar Luca Clemente, PhD, published “The Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor in Healthy Pregnancy and Preeclampsia”, which consider evidence for the possibility that the endothelial dysfunctio... more

Congratulations 2022 Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium award winners!

The 2022 UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium took place on October 20. This annual event brought together healthcare professionals, population health experts and community advocates dedicated to advancing health equity for a busy morning of presentations and poster sessions highlighting research that addresses persistent gender, racial, and oth... more

New publications from the Golos Lab!

Researchers in the lab of Ted Golos, PhD, professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences and Chair of the Department of Comparative Biosciences in the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, have recently published exciting papers!Lindsey Block, Cellular and Molecular Pathology trainee in the Golos Lab, published the paper “Zika virus impacts extracellular vesicle co... more

Stanic, Golos earn pilot grant from Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

Congratulations to Aleks Stanic, MD, PhD, associate professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Divisions of Reproductive Sciences and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Ted Golos, PhD, professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Biosciences in the UW School of Veterinary Medicine! They are co-investigators on a pilot grant from the Wisconsin National Primate Research C... more

Patankar and Ong earn grant from UW Prevention Research Center

UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences Director Manish Patankar, PhD, and Irene Ong, PhD, earned a Special Interest Project grant from the UW-Madison Prevention Research Center! Their project will focus on detecting early-stage ovarian cancer, with a goal of developing computational tools to help identify early-stage ovarian cancer and improve patient outcomes.In collab... more

Grand Rounds: Bird presents “The role of Th17 associated immune and endothelial cell fate changes in hypertensive pregnancy”

On July 14, 2022, Professor Ian Bird, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “The role of Th17 associated immune and endothelial cell fate changes in hypertensive pregnancy”.In the lecture, Bird identified recent advances being made in the department on immune cell endothelial cell interactions in preeclampsia and discusse... more

Congratulations to winners of UW Ob-Gyn 2022 department awards!

On June 23, 2022, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing educational, research and administrative accomplishments throughout the year.The ceremony started by acknowledging a few momentous departures. Many people retired from the department this academic year, including:Carol Carr, CNM (Midwife in the ASOG Division)Janet Short (Medical Studen... more

Abbott Lab publishes in Journal of the Endocrine Society

A new study by the Abbott research group, led by Professor David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, was just published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society!“Aromatase Inhibition Eliminates Sexual Receptivity Without Enhancing Weight Gain in Ovariectomized Marmoset Monkeys” shows that estrogen from extra-ovarian sources, likely the brain, play... more

Barroilhet and Patankar publish in Cancers

A new study co-authored by Lisa Barroilhet, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Division of Reproductive Sciences Director Manish Patankar, PhD was published in the journal Cancers!“Atovaquone: An Inhibitor of Oxidative Phosphorylation as Studied in Gynecologic Cancers” outlines the Barroilhet and Patankar Labs’ research of the FDA-approved antimalarial... more

Barroilhet/Patankar Labs celebrate graduates

The research labs of interim department chair Lisa Barriolhet, MD, MS and Division of Reproductive Sciences Director Manish Patankar, PhD celebrated some amazing graduates in May!Please help us congratulate Lojain Ibrahim Aljohani, MS and Kristal Gant, PhD, who graduated from the UW-Madison Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology program, and Shannon Rush, MD, graduating UW ... more

Abbott mentee Sindhu Shankar earns Hilldale fellowship

Congratulations to Sindhu Shankar, undergraduate researcher in the Abbott Research Group, who earned a Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship! Shankar plans to study adipose dysregulation with the fellowship support, under mentorship of David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences.The Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship pro... more

Hutcherson invited to Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Impact Team

Beverly Hutcherson, graduate student in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program, was invited to join the Wisconsin Department of Health Maternal Mortality Review Impact Team!The Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team (MMRT) identifies and reviews pregnancy-associated deaths, identifies factors that contribute to these deaths, and proposes recommendations that... more

Abbott mentee Jacob Blanchar wins Sophomore Honors Summer Apprentice award

Jacob Blanchar, sophomore undergrad in the Levine-Abbott lab’s Ovary team, was awarded a Sophomore Honors Summer Apprenticeship by the Letters &Science Faculty Honors Committee!Blanchar, who is part of the lab of David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, will look at aspects of diminished thermogenesis in brown fat from experimentally manipulated... more

Hutcherson wins presentation award at Wilbert C. Jordan Research Forum

Beverly Hutcherson, graduate student in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program, won Best Poster Presentation at the Wilbert C. Jordan Research Forum during the Student National Medical Association Annual Medical Education Conference in April!Hutcherson’s translational science poster “PCOS research informs biological understanding of developmental origins contr... more

Abbott published in Journal of the Endocrine Society

A new article by David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Science was published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society! Abbott is senior author on the article; co-authors include Marissa Kraynak, Molly Willging, Alex Kuehlmann, Amita Kapoor, Matthew Flowers, Ricki Colman, and Jon Levine.In “Aromatase Inhibition Eliminates Sexual Receptivity Without Enhan... more

Students in Abbott research group bring 16 presentations at Undergraduate Symposium

Undergraduate student researchers in the lab of David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, brought 16 solo or team oral presentations to the 2022 UW-Madison Undergraduate Symposium April 28-29, 2022! Abbott served as mentor on 12 of the projects.The annual Undergraduate Symposium​ showcases undergraduate creativity, achievement, research, service-... more

Bird earns Meriter Foundation grant

Congratulations to Ian Bird, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! Bird recently earned a Meriter Foundation grant for the project “Cytokine induced antigen presentation as a source of endothelial dysfunction in pregnancy”.This proposal is submitted to establish if the endothelial dysfunction already known to underlie hypertension in preeclampsia is in fac... more

Bird appointed as senior editor on editorial board of Journal of Endocrinology, Journal of Molecular Endocrinology

Huge congratulations to Ian Bird, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! Bird was appointed as senior editor to the editorial boards of the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology and Journal of Endocrinology! The Journal of Endocrinology and Journal of Molecular Endocrinology are well-established, successful journals of the UK’s Society for Endocrinology, and o... more

Division of Reproductive Sciences prepares impressive slate of research for Society for Reproductive Investigation conference

The 2022 Society for Reproductive Investigation’s Annual Scientific Meeting, held in Denver, CO between March 15-19, features several presentations, posters and abstracts from members of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! Just some of their exciting accomplishments:Clinical and Translational Perinatology Oral Presentation:Breastfeeding Promotes Predominant Bifi... more

Abbott published in International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Huge congratulations to Dave Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! Abbott is senior author on an invited paper in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences’ Special Issue on PCOS.“Experimentally Induced Hyperinsulinemia Fails to Induce Polycystic Ovary Syndrome-like Traits in Female Rhesus Macaques” demonstrates that while compensatory elevat... more

Hutcherson’s abstract selected for Wilbert C. Jordan Research Forum

Congratulations to Beverly Hutcherson, graduate student in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program and mentee of David Abbott, PhD (UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences), whose abstract “PCOS research models inform biological understanding of developmental origins contributing to maternal morbidities” was selected for a poster presentation during the 202... more

Stanic promoted to Associate Professor with tenure

We are thrilled to announce that Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Reproductive Sciences has been promoted to Associate Professor (tenure track). The promotion will be effective July 1, 2022.Since joining the UW Department of Ob-Gyn in 2014, Stanic has earned a reputation as a talented researcher, educa... more

Abbott published in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology

A new article by David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, examines historical evidence that polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may have originated as an evolutionary adaptation for reproduction during food scarcity.“Polycystic ovary syndrome as a plausible evolutionary outcome of metabolic adaptation” is a review article published in the Reproduct... more

Stanic Lab published in American Journal of Reproductive Immunology

A new article out of collaborative research between Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD and Irene Ong, PhD was published in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology!“Multiomic analysis reveals decidual-specific transcriptional programing of MAIT cells” examines the possible role of Mucosal-Associated Invariant T (MAIT) cells in tissue-repair mechanisms at the maternal-fetal ... more

Ong’s work on AyrFlo intervention featured in Madison Magazine

Over the last few years, Irene Ong, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, has been working with clinician-scientists in the SMPH Departments of Anesthesiology and Radiology to develop a device that could identify respiratory distress earlier.An article in the November 2021 issue of Madison Magazine introduces the team behind AyrFlo, tracks their progress i... more

Abbott mentees present at Biology 152 Research Symposium

Undergraduate students mentored by David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, shared their research projects at the UW-Madison Biology 152 Research Symposium on December 14, 2021!Mihika Sathe brought a poster on excess fetal testosterone exposure in male rhesus monkeys and how it induces pancreatic morphological damage in adulthood leading to type... more

Grand Rounds: Badger Bytes on PCOS

On December 2, 2021, three presenters offered different updates on PCOS during the UW Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds Badger Bytes research presentation. David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, Laura Cooney, MD, of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Leeann Bui, UW SMPH medical student, each presented updates on polycystic ovary... more

Abbott earns AEPCOS Distinguished Researcher Award

Our sincere congratulations to David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! The Androgen Excess and PCOS Society awarded Abbott the 2021 Ricardo Azziz Distinguished Researcher Award for his outstanding contributions to PCOS research. The Ricardo Azziz Distinguished Researcher Award was created through an endowment for the purpose of providing an aw... more

Stanic presents at NICHD workshop on early pregnancy loss

Aleks Stanic, MD, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Reproductive Sciences, was recently invited to speak as part of a group of experts at the NIH National Institute on Child Health and Human Development’s workshop “Idiopathic/Non-aneuploid Early Pregnancy Loss: The State of the Science”. Stanic presented as part of the session ... more

Ong publishes article on antibody binding in SARS-CoV-2 infections in PLOS Biology

Many researchers over the last many months have shifted their focus to help us better understand and treat SARS-CoV-2, and that’s true of some of the brilliant research minds in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn! Irene Ong, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences co-authored the article “The landscape of antibody binding in SARS-CoV-2 infection” in PLOS Biology. I... more

Abbott has top-cited article in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Our sincere congratulations to David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! Abbott’s article “Adipose Insulin Resistance in Normal-Weight Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Women” was one of the top-cited articles in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2019-2020. The article was one of the top 10 percent, as assessed by rate of citation,... more

Stanic earns best poster award at ASRI annual meeting

Our congratulations to Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Reproductive Sciences! He attended the American Society for Reproductive Immunology virtual meeting in May, where he won the Best Poster award. Stanic received the award for the poster “The integration of disparate single cell data in decidual im... more

Abbott’s mentoring award featured in UWSMPH Building Communities blog

In April, we learned that David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, was one of just five educators on campus to receive the UW-Madison Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities from the UW-Madison Office of the Provost. Now, a new post on the UW SMPH Building Communities blog offers more perspective on Abbo... more

Grand Rounds: Department Research Day

On May 13, 2021, the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology hosted Department Research Day, featuring exceptional presentations on fundamental, clinical, and quality improvement research. Recorded presentations from Department Research Day are available now. To start the morning, Kimberly Gregory, MD, MPH of Cedars-Sinai Obstetrics and Gynecology Department presented th... more

Abbott mentee earns Hilldale Research Fellowship award

Our congratulations to UW-Madison undergraduate student Lukas Henjum, who won a 2021-2022 Hilldale Research Fellowship for the project “Estrogen Receptor Alpha Neurons in the Arcuate Nucleus Mediate Female Neural Inhibition of Neuroendocrine Puberty”! Henjum is mentored by David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences. With Abbott’s support and mento... more

Bird to lead new iPEnd T32 grant

We are pleased to announce a new translational postdoctoral T32 lead by our own Ian Bird, PhD, of the Division of Reproductive Sciences, in partnership with Dr. Jon Levine. This application is a part of the integrated Program in Endocrinology (iPEnd), started back in 2016. This T32 is an unusual grant as it funds both PhD and MD trainees to undertake translational studies i... more

Abbott published in Cell Metabolism

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, co-authored an invited preview with long-time clinical collaborator Daniel Dumesic MD (UCLA Department of Ob-Gyn) in the journal Cell Metabolism. “Passing on PCOS: new insights into its epigenetic transmission” analyzes insights from another article published in that issue of the journal: “Polycystic o... more

Willging, trainee in Abbott Lab, presents at Diabetes Research Day

Molly Willging, a UW Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology trainee in David Abbott’s lab in Reproductive Sciences, was one of the invited speakers presenting talks at the 2nd Annual UW Madison Diabetes Research Day on March 15-16, 2021. Willging presented part of her PhD thesis work “Hypothalamic ESR1 Gene Knockdown Elicits Intermittent Decrement In Postprandial Energy E... more

Abbott receives UW award for undergraduate mentorship

Please join us in congratulating David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, who is one of just five educators on campus to receive the UW-Madison Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities from the UW-Madison Office of the Provost! Abbott earned the award for decades of meaningfully engaging undergraduates i... more

Advocacy Update: Abbott, Cooney join virtual PCOS Advocacy Day

On March 4, 2021, David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences and Laura Cooney, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility attended the virtual PCOS Advocacy Day, hosted by PCOS Challenge. PCOS Advocacy Day focuses on building connections with federal legislators and advocating for increased access to better informe... more

Lindsey Block, of Golos Lab, published in Biology of Reproduction

Lindsey Block, graduate student in the Golos Lab, is first author on a recent paper in the journal Biology of Reproduction entitled “The promise of placental extracellular vesicles: models and challenges for diagnosing placental dysfunction in utero”. Co-authors include Aleks Stanic, MD, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Repro... more

Patankar publication featured on front page of journal Analyst

A study co-authored by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences Director Manish Patankar, PhD was featured on the front page of the journal Analyst! Patankar and co-authors took on the study outlined in “Affinity-free enrichment and mass spectrometry analysis of the ovarian cancer biomarker CA125 (MUC16) from patient-derived ascites” to expand ovarian cancer diagnostic t... more

Abbott published in Fertility and Sterility

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, co-authored an article published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. “Accelerated subcutaneous abdominal stem cell adipogenesis predicts insulin sensitivity in normal-weight women with polycystic ovary syndrome” sought to examine “whether subcutaneous abdominal adipose stem cell differentiation into ... more

Abbott contributes to rhesus macaque genome study in Science

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, was part of a study published in Science that generated whole-genome sequence data for more than 800 rhesus macaques. The study, “Sequence diversity analyses of an improved rhesus macaque genome enhance its biomedical utility”, provides a high-quality genome for one of the most widely used nonhuman prima... more

Patankar grad student Alharbi published in Scientific Reports

Research led by Yousef Alharbi, PhD, former graduate student in the lab of Division of Reproductive Sciences Director Manish Patankar, PhD, has been published in Scientific Reports! “Oxidative stress induced by the anti-cancer agents, plumbagin, and atovaquone, inhibits ion transport through Na+/K+-ATPase” was written in collaboration with Patankar, Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, of... more

Abbott published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

In collaboration with ob-gyn groups from Norway, David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, published an article in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism!“Sustained Maternal Hyperandrogenism During PCOS Pregnancy Reduced by Metformin in Non-obese Women Carrying a Male Fetus” looks at the ability of metformin, a well-known PCOS therape... more

Patankar co-authors publication in Analytical Chemistry

A recent publication by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences Director Manish Patankar, PhD was selected as an Editor’s Choice article in the journal Analytical Chemistry!“On-Tissue Derivatization with Girard’s Reagent P Enhances N-Glycan Signals for Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded Tissue Sections in MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging”, coauthored with the lab of Lingjun... more

Abbott authors invited reflection in Fertility Sterility

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, published an Invited Reflection in Fertility Sterility!“Midgestation origins of androgenic and estrogenic pathophysiology in three major women’s health disorders” is a response to an article in the same issue that sought to demonstrate associations between some physiological measurements and the incidence... more

Abbott appears on PCOS advocacy panel

On September 26, 2020, David Abbott, PhD of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, appeared on a panel as part of PCOS Awareness Symposium 2020! Abbott joined the panel “PCOS Legislative Advocacy: How You Can Make a Difference.”Abbott provided a research expert contribution to individual patient advocacy visits with congressional representatives or senators to lobb... more

Abbott’s article on PCOS earns Endocrinology homepage feature

Congratulations to David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! Abbott’s paper “Androgen Receptors in Multiple Organ Systems Provide Molecular Gateways to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?”, published in the journal Endocrinology, earned a front page feature on the journal’s website in August. In the article, Abbott and co-authors offer commentary on a pa... more

Bird publishes in International Journal of Neonatal Screening

Ian Bird, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, co-authored the article “Newborn Screening for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: Review of factors affecting screening accuracy” in the International Journal of Neonatal Screening.The article discusses limitations to current screening methods for 21-hydroxylase deficiency, and what that means for screening for ... more

Abbott published in Endocrine Reviews

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, published the article “Animal Models to Understand the Etiology and Pathophysiology of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome” in the journal Endocrine Reviews!In the article, Abbott and co-authors discuss the need for further research to help predict polycystic ovary syndrome, and how animal models can help: “More t... more

Abbott co-edits Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research journal issue

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, co-edited a recent issue of the journal Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research focused on polycystic ovary syndrome! Abbott also co-authored the leading editorial in the issue: “Polycystic ovary syndrome inspires clinical consensus and scientific innovation.”The issue includes articles on cli... more

Golos earns UW ICTR Translational Basic and Clinical pilot award

Ted Golos, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, received a Translational Basic and Clinical pilot award from the UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research! Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is a collaborator on the grant.“Nonhuman Primate Placental Therapy” will build on information learned from the... more