Huge Galdones was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who joined the Woodruff Lab in March 2009. He received his B.Sc. (Physiology) and Ph.D. (Pharmacology and Therapeutics) at McGill University (Montreal, QC, Canada). With a particular focus on teratology and toxicology, his doctoral thesis examined the molecular mechanisms underlying vitamin A-induced birth defects. His present work focuses on (1) understanding how aberrant exposure of bisphenol A affects follicle ploidy and (2) determining how ovarian rigidity disrupts the signals required for proper follicle development and maturation.
Shauna Gardino, clinical research coordinator for the Oncofertility Consortium, manages the portfolio of social science research initiatives within the Consortium including a bioethics, law and religion initiative, a willingness to pay assessment out of the economics department, a communications study on the pediatric patient/parent/oncologist decision-making triad, a sociological study on fertility issues associated with breast cancer patients, and an overall quality of life survey for cancer patients. With a background in public health and anthropology, Shauna helps to recruit, consent, and interview patients for the various social science research projects and assists with preparing and submitting research protocols for these projects as well. She is also charged with the task of fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, both among the group of social science researchers as well as among basic science and clinical researchers as well. Additionally, Shauna is currently conducting an independent study on adoption agency attitudes and perspectives towards cancer survivors as potential parents, and has prepared a reflective manuscript on the maternal paradox of thinking about one’s future potential to parent when one is confronted with a cancer diagnosis.
My name is Rosemary Hines. I am a rising sophomore at Harvard University, where I am a premed student with a concentration in History of Science. At Harvard, I run cross-country and track and am a member of Harvard’s chapter for FIMRC (Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children). During my first semester at Harvard, I took a seminar called Child Health in America, which sparked my interest in pediatric health issues in our country. I am a Chicago native and a Cubs fan. I am so thrilled to be joining Woodruff Lab this summer!
Jennifer joined the Woodruff lab as a post doc in July 2008. She earned her M.D. from the University of Minnesota and recently completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago. She initiated her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Northwestern this summer. The research portion of her fellowship will be conducted in the Woodruff lab where she will be focusing on understanding potential differences in follicular growth and hormone levels in aged compared to young and prepubertal mice.
Jennifer is joined the IDSA team for the 2010 summer session. She is currently in medical school at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.