Current Staff

Administrative Director of the Oncofertility Consortium and Research Project Manager

Lauren is the Administrative Director of the Oncofertility Consortium and works closely with Clinical Director to provide administrative support for a variety of functions including comprehensive research administration for the Center for Reproductive Health After...

Histology Core

Keisha Barreto is currently a junior at the University of Illinois-Springfield.  She is majoring in Biology and plans to become an elementary school teacher. She has been working in Dr. Teresa Woodruff’s lab since her senior year of high school.


Program Assistant 

Chelsea Castleberry joined the Woodruff Lab in July 2016 as Dr. Woodruff's Program Assistant. Chelsea helps support all administrative tasks within the Woodruff Enterprise. Prior to joining the Woodruff Lab, Chelsea worked in Ann Arbor, MI on dialysis-related projects contracted with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Policy Studies...

Project Coordinator

Megan earned her B.A. degree from Argosy University in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management. As a two-time cancer survivor,  she is a strong advocate for transformative and innovative clinical research. In her current role, she coordinates research studies conducted by the WHRI and acts as a liason between its clinical partners. 

Financial Specialist

Barbara joined Woodruff Lab in 2006 as the U54 program coordinator. She is responsible for the administration of all facets of the Center for Reproductive Research. Prior to this, she worked at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare as a Research Coordinator and Practice Manager in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.


Danijela joined the Woodruff lab in October of 2014. After earing her M.D. at the University of Belgrade-Serbia, she moved to the United States and began basic science research in the labs of Dr. Paul Schumacker and Dr. Jacqueline Jeruss, where she acquired significant knowledge in the fields of cancer, molecular, and cellular biology. She currently investigates the effects of secreted factors on primary follicle development.

PhD, Executive Director, Center for Reproductive Science

Associate Research Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Francesca has spent her research career focusing on female reproductive health.  She graduated from Haverford College with a BS in Biology and Biochemistry and earned her doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked in Dr. Teresa Woodruff’s laboratory at Northwestern (2009-2014...

Maxwell is a MD/PhD student, and joined the Woodruff Laboratory in 2015. He earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Rhode Island. In the Woodruff lab Maxwell investigates male-based reproductive science projects. Specifically, he is developing bioengineered in vitro culture systems for spermatogenesis, and modeling androgen-dependent interactions in testis and prostate physiology. This work will be...

Graduate Student

Emma is a graduate student in the MD/PhD program (MSTP) at Northwestern. She joined the Woodruff Lab in 2016 and is currently co-advised by Dr. Woodruff and Dr. Ramille Shah. She earned her BS in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT. Her doctoral studies focus on enginerring novel biomaterial inks for use in 3D printing an ovarian bioprosthesis. This bioprosthesis could ultimately restore hormone activity and fertility to girls and young women...

Research Assistant Professor

So-Youn joined Woodruff Lab as a post-doctoral fellow in 2008. She earned her PhD from Yonsei University of Korea in 2005, working on the molecular function of SREBP-1c in glucose metabolism. Her interest in the oocyte death pathway against chemo- and radiation therapy has led her to work on oocyte-specific conditional knockout models to discover which...