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Introducing Sarah Kiesewetter

Sarah Kieswetter


Hi! I’m Sarah Kiesewetter, one of the Technologists of the lab. I finished my Bachelor’s of Science (Animal Science) at the University of Illinois in 2006, and have been with the Woodruff lab ever since. I started out working with all of the animal systems in our lab, but with the addition of a few new technologists I have made the transition to the head of education and outreach. I get the opportunity to work with all of the incoming researchers to our lab, as well as undergraduates, high schoolers, high school teachers, and anyone else who is interested in the research of the Woodruff lab! I’ve been lucky enough to be a teacher for the Oncofertility Saturday Academy for all 3 years that it has been running, and have completely enjoyed working with the students and watching how the program grows and changes each year. Other activities for me include all of the paperwork involved in actually performing research with animals, working with the Oncofertility Consortium to freeze ovarian tissue for cancer patients, helping others with their projects (they call us a “collaboratory” for a reason!), and I also get to perform a few projects of my own on the side. One study that Jen Jozefik and I are currently wrapping up deals with the process of ovulating an ovarian follicle in our culture system and showing how it turns into a corpus luteum (a progesterone-producing unit that, in vivo, helps maintain the hospitable environment of the uterus until an embryo implants). The lab is a very busy place this summer, but I’m always willing to chat about what we do – so check in and see what’s going on!


Topic of Oncofertility Summer Reading List: Global Perspectives on Reproduction

Every summer, Teresa Woodruff sends out a summer reading list to the people in her lab. Because there isn’t much of a global perspective on Oncofertility yet, this year’s theme is “Global Perspectives on Reproduction” to prepare, hopefully, to create partnerships with the World Health Organization and other global health organizations.

The reading list will provide a foundation and an entry-point into the existing literature and includes some of the recent papers from the Oncofertility Consortium and, of course, the Oncofertility book by Teresa Woodruff (recently reviewed in the journal Fertility and Sterility — see blog entry dated June 4th).

Here is a copy of Teresa’s list:

1. Woodruff, Teresa K. and Snyder, Karrie Ann Sr.  Oncofertility: Fertility Preservation for Cancer Survivors.  Springer, 2007.

2. Inhorn, Monica C and Van Balen, Frank.  Infertility Around the Globe: New Thinking on Childlessness, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies.   University of California Press, 2002.

3. Ginsburb, Faye D and Rapp, Ranya.  Conceiving the New World Order: The Global Politics of Reproduction.  University of California Press, 1995.

4. Edwards, Jeanette; Franklin, Sarah; Hirsch, Eric; Price, Francis; and Strathern, Marilyn.  Technologies of Procreation: Kinship in the Age of Assisted Conception.  Routledge, 1999.

5. Ellison, Peter T.  On Fertile Ground: A Natural History of Human Reproduction.  Harvard University Press, 2001.

6. Runowicz, Carolyn D., Petrek, Jeanne A. and Gansler, Ted S.  Women in Cancer: A Thorough and Compassionate Resource for Patients and Their Families.

7. Heiney, Sue P., Hermann, Joan F., Bruss, Katherine V., and Fincannon, Joy L..  Cancer in the Family: Helping Children Cope with a Parent’s Illness.  2001.

8. Eyre, Harmon J., Lange, Diane Partie, and Morris, Lois B.  Informed Decision: The Complete Book of Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment, and Recovery.   Viking, 1997.

9. Shenfield, Francoise and Sureau, Claude.  Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas in Assisted Reproduction.  Informahealthcare, 2006.

Introducing Huge Galdones

Huge Galdones, PhD


I’m a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and, if I’m not mistaken, the newest member of the Woodruff Laboratory. Originally from Montreal (Quebec, Canada), I received my B.Sc. (Physiology) and Ph.D. (Pharmacology and Therapeutics) from McGill University. With a background in teratology (birth defects research) and developmental biology, I have much to learn about women’s health and fertility. However, while I have yet to reach the two-month mark in the lab, I feel like I’ve hit the ground running. My work will ultimately examine how (1) aberrant exposure of specific environmental toxicants and (2) experimental models of polycystic ovarian syndrome disrupt fertility. Through this blog, I hope to share my interests with the you and look forward to hearing (or rather reading) what’s on your mind!

Introducing Susan Barrett

My name is Dr. Susan L. Barrett and I am a basic scientist in the Woodruff Laboratory for the Oncofertility Consortium. I have a PhD in Development, Cellular and Molecular Biology, namely Reproduction as well as a MS in Tumor Biology. I am currently researching new frontiers in preserving fertility for women facing a cancer diagnosis. I will be blogging about basic reproductive biology, cell biology as well as cancer formation. I would like to give readers a better understanding of what is going on in their bodies at a cellular level. I will also discuss new, breakthrough publications in the world of oncofertility aswell as sharing exciting images and videos of our work. I am looking forward in sharing information with you as well as taking your comments and questions.

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