Division of Reproductive Sciences

We are often asked, “Why conduct and invest in basic research in a clinical department?” An investment in basic research at the cellular and molecular level provides us with the tools needed to understand diseases that do not yet have a clinical treatment. Where therapies are known and have complications, basic science research is essential to understanding their side effects and how to avoid them.

A significant focus of our basic research program is in seeking to understand the cellular and molecular interactions and functions that are needed to establish a healthy pregnancy to full gestation in both animal and human models. A healthy pregnancy has the greatest benefit to mother, child and society; however, understanding the causes of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia and potential pre-term labor and delivery that result from this condition is essential to developing safe, effective treatments for mother and child.

Our Mission

As an academic institution, our mission is to educate future scientists and physicians in the new world of interdisciplinary and collaborative biomedical research. In particular, for NIH’s (National Institutes of Health) initiative to build interdisciplinary teams to be achieved we must have basic researchers working in clinical departments in order to understand what the clinical problem is at a mechanistic level. Likewise for doctors who are practicing clinical medicine to know what is possible they need to see and understand cutting edge research being done in their own department. We must not overlook the pre- and post-doctoral scholars within our department who are essential to advancing the research mission not only to support work conducted by the faculty Principal Investigator, but also to develop their own career paths through guided mentorship and training. For these reasons, conducting basic research in a clinical department is essential to a healthy and bright future for all women, infants and children.

Congratulations to winners of the 2024 UW Department of Ob-Gyn awards!

On June 13, 2024, 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, including both service in the Department of Ob-Gyn and at the University of Wisconsin or UW Health over... more

Undergraduate researcher Anna Just in Abbott Lab receives Hilldale research fellowship

Congratulations to UW–Madison undergraduate Anna Just, who received a 2024 Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship to support her work in the lab of David Abbott, PhD, professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences! The Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship provides research training and support to... more

Rengarajan, Virumbrales-Muñoz, Boeldt publish in Lab on a Chip

Aishwarya Rengarajan, PhD, María Virumbrales-Muñoz, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, and Derek Boeldt, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, co-authored a new article published in the journal Lab on a Chip. Co-author... more

Hutcherson to present research at UW-Madison Day at the Capitol

Congratulations to Beverly Hutcherson, graduate student in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program, who was selected by the UW-Madison Office of State Relations and Catalysts for Science Policy to present research at UW-Madison’s Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 17.Hutcherson will present a new hypothesis ... more

Phoebe Hayes to work with Abbott Lab during Honors Summer Apprenticeship

Congratulations to Phoebe Hayes, University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduate student, who earned an Honors Summer Research Apprenticeship Grant from the College of Letters and Science to work in the lab of David Abbott, PhD, of the Division of Reproductive Sciences. Hayes will work with the lab’s ovary team to characterize ... more