Division of Reproductive Sciences Faculty

 

Thomas Jansson, MD, PhD
Florence Crozier Cobb Endowed Professor
Chief, Division of Reproductive Sciences
Vice Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of regulation of placental nutrient transporters and the role of placental function in determining fetal growth and long-term health.


 

Kian Behbakht, MD
Professor and Emily McClintock Addlesperger Endowed Chair in Ovarian Cancer
Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs, Quality and Improvement
Divisions of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Sciences

Research interests: Clinical, translational, and basic science approaches to finding novel treatments for ovarian cancer.


 

Benjamin Bitler, PhD
​Assistant Professor
Division of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Ovarian cancer, Wnt signaling, and epigenetics.


 

Andrew Bradford, PhD
Associate Professor
Assistant Dean, Essentials Curriculum
Divisions of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Hormone/growth factor signaling and cancer.



 

Kathleen A. Connell, MD
​Associate Professor and Division Chief
Divisions of Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery & Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the remodeling of the connective tissue and smooth muscle of the pelvic floor support structures.


 

K. Joseph Hurt, MD, PhD
​​​​​​​​Assistant Professor
Director, Preterm Labor Research Laboratory
Divisions of Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Molecular mechanisms of pregnancy and parturition, Obesity and parturition, Gasotransmitters in repro physiology, and Regulation of Nitric Oxide Synthase.


 

Joshua Johnson, PhD
​Assistant Professor
Divisions of Reproductive Sciences & Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Dr. Johnson's research program focuses on the control of oocyte number inside the ovary, primarily in mammals, but also in the fruit fly model organism.


 

Fredrick Rosario Joseph, PhD
Instructor
Division of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: The role of mechanistic target of rapamcyin signaling in placental amino acid and folate transport.


 

T. Rajendra Kumar, PhD
​Professor and ​​Edgar L., Patricia M. Makowski and Family Endowed Chair
Associate Vice Chair of Research
Divisions of Reproductive Sciences & Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: All aspects of gonadotropin biology, including gonadotrope development and tumorigenesis, mechanisms of pituitary gonadotropin subunit gene expression and post-transcriptional regulation, gonadotropin biosynthesis with a focus on age-dependent glycosylation, gonadotropin secretion and action with one focus on somatic cell development and regulation in the gonads and the other on osteoclasts in the bone.


 

Ramón Lorca, PhD
​​​Instructor
Division of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Aims to elucidate the effect of hypoxia and high altitude on myometrial arteries from pregnant women.


 

James McManaman, PhD
​​​Professor
Director, Graduate Program in Integrative Physiology
Division of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: How cells store, metabolize, and traffic lipids at the molecular, structural, cellular, and organ system levels.


 

Jenifer Monks, PhD
​​​​Assistant Professor
Division of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: How milk-secreting cells deliver nutrients to the neonate.


 

Lorna Moore, PhD
​​​​​Professor
Division of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Physiological mechanisms underlying the normal maternal physiological responses to pregnancy and the pregnancy complications of fetal growth restrictions and preeclampsia.


 

Alex J. Polotsky, MD, MS
​​​​​Professor and Division Chief
Fellowship Director
Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility & Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Defining essential characteristics of FSH-ovarian interactions using a multi-disciplinary approach.


 

Theresa Powell, PhD
​​​​​Professor
Section of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics
Division of Reproductive Sciences, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Molecular mechanisms regulating ion and macronutrient transport in the human placenta and changes in placental function.


 

Nanette F. Santoro, MD
​​​​​Professor and E. Stewart Taylor Chair
Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility & Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Examining the role of hormone therapy and alternative treatments in menopausal women's health, how obesity in women interferes with fertility and reproductive hormone production, examining how girls develop regular menstrual cycles as they go through puberty, and premature ovarian failure.


 

Malgorzata E. Skaznik-Wikiel, MD
​​​​​​​​Assistant Professor
Division of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: High-fat diet associated ovarian dysfunction: mechanisms and reversal strategies; rolde of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor in ovarian biology.


 

Emily J. Su, MD, MSCI
​​​​​​​​Associate Professor
Divisions of Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Fetal growth restriction, molecular mechanisms underlying abnormal placental blood flow and function.


 

Owen Vaughan, PhD
​​​​​​​​Instructor
Division of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: My research concerns the endocrine regulation of placental and fetal metabolism, and the developmental programming of cardiometabolic disease. In particular, my work focuses on the role of the placenta in mediating the effects of environmental factors like maternal nutrition, stress, obesity and hypoxia on intrauterine development. I am currently studying the role of fetal circulating microRNAs in the developmental origins of heart disease.


 

Zachary Levi Watson, PhD
​​​​​​​​Instructor
Division of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research interests: Ovarian cancer, epigenetics, therapy resistance, tumor microenvironment, tumor-adipocyte interaction, immune evasion.


 

Contact Info

Olivia Castillo
Division Administrator
12700 East 19th Avenue
Room 3000D, MS 8613
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-4144

 

 

Contact Info

Olivia Castillo
Division Administrator
12700 East 19th Avenue
Room 3000D, MS 8613
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-4144