Successful year for Ob-Gyn/ERP doctoral trainees

Eliza Bennett, UW Obstetrics and Gynecology
Doctoral trainees in the University of Wisconsin Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology (ERP) Program had a banner year in 2016, collecting local and national accolades in addition to academic credentials. The program, led by Program Director Ian Bird, PhD, and Associate Director Manish Patankar, PhD, both members of the UW Ob-Gyn Faculty, is a broad base, interdepartmental degree-granting program designed to provide interdisciplinary training at the predoctoral and postdoctoral level. In 2016, twelve of 32 predoctoral ERP scholars were primarily advised by UW Ob-Gyn faculty members.


Two ERP doctoral trainees who called Ob-Gyn their home department earned their PhDs in 2016. Newly minted Drs. Roxanne Alvarez and Bryan Ampey will continue as postdoctoral researchers in the Bird Lab for the near future.


Also representing the Bird Lab, doctoral student Amanda Hankes was awarded the Pfizer-SRI President’s Presenter Award at the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting, held March 16-19 in Montreal, Canada. The award recognizes the "25 most meritorious abstracts submitted by investigators in-training, " including both pre- and post-doctoral trainees. Hankes’ abstract entitled, "TNFα Decreases Monolayer Resistance but MMP Inhibitor GM6001 Improves the Monolayer Integrity in P-UAEC," was co-authored by Bird and Mary A. Grummer, also of UW Ob-Gyn.


Rosalina Villalon Landeros, who is co-advised by Ob-Gyn Research Division Professor Jing Zheng, PhD, and former faculty member Ron Magness, PhD, was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Individual F31 Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. She was also the recipient of a USDA-NIFA-AFRI Merit Award for her abstract entitled, "Programming of Endothelial Cells from Uterine Arteries Ipsilateral and Contralateral to the Gravid Uterine Horn of Unilateral Pregnant Sheep," at the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, July 16-20, 2016. At the National Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM) Conference in Long Beach, CA, October, 2016, Villalon Linderos was chosen to receive a Student Presentation Award from the Society for Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).


Marissa Kraynak, who is advised by Ob-Gyn Research Division Faculty Member David Abbott, PhD, was a recipient of the 3rd Annual Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, presented by the UW-Madison Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. The honor comes along with $2,000 in university expendable funds that Kraynak may use to pursue professional activities.

Congratulations to these Ob-Gyn/ERP trainees and their advisors, who keep our department at the cutting edge of reproductive sciences.

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Ian Bird, PhD

Ian Bird, PhD
Tenured Professor (Research)
University of Wisconsin
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology