Monica joined the Woodruff Lab in 2013. She earned a PhD from Northwestern University in the Lab of Dean J. Larry Jameson in 2011. Her doctoral thesis focused on spermatogonial stem cell renewal and differentiation. During her first postdoc in Takeshi Kurita's Lab, Monica identified a mechanism for developmental vaginal epithelium differentiation and how this is disrupted with prenatal exposure to diethylstilbistrol. She is now studying the ovarian follicle niche to create an artificial ovary utilizing human iPSCs and a natural-synthetic hybrid scaffold. Monica will start as an Assistant Professor and Warren and Eloise Batts Scholar in the Department of Pediatrics in August. View her faculty profile here, and a feature of her on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago here.