Each incoming fellow will be able to determine the appropriate research option to pursue:

  • A mandatory, basic science translational project that will serve as the ABOG thesis under the supervision of a mentor from the UW division of Reproductive Sciences who actively participates in the training of fellows and graduate students.
  • A Capstone Certificate in the fundamentals of clinical investigation. https://ictr.wisc.edu
  • A Master's degree in basic science under the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Program

If pursuing Master's Degree in basic science under the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Program, fellows are expected to apply to the UW ERP Graduate Program, present their credentials, qualify, and become accepted into the UW ERP Graduate Program. Through the UW ERP Graduate Program and during their MFM fellowship, fellows earn a Master of Science degree in Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology, after defending their thesis. Fellows have the option of pursuing additional research training with their mentor and prepare and defend a thesis to qualify for being awarded a PhD degree through the graduate program, which takes an additional two years beyond the three-year fellowship. Candidates are advised to access the UW ERP Graduate Program and the UW Graduate School websites.


The UW Division of Reproductive Sciences has many faculty who are nationally funded and internationally recognized for their contributions to research, primarily in perinatal biology. The PhD investigators who actively participate in the training of fellows include: Drs. Ian Bird, Ted Golos, David Abbott, Manish Patankar and Jing Zheng. In addition, we have an Associate Scientist, Fu-Xian Yi MD PhD, who has experience in training graduate students and is available to provide specialized technical expertise in the laboratory for the MFM fellows. Dr. Shah conducts translational research under the aegis of these laboratories, as well.