Participating Faculty

College of Agriculture

Phillip Bridges, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
PhD: West Virginia University, 1999
Research Interests: Cellular and molecular regulation of ovarian health and ovulation
PhD: Colorado State University, 1985
Research Interests: Regulation of uterine prostaglandin production by ovarian hormones and the conceptus
Research Interests:
Karen McDowell, PhD, Associate Professor
PhD: University of Florida, 1986
Research Interests: Embryonic/uterine physiology and in investigating causes of embryonic loss
PhD: University of Wisconsin, 1974
Research Interests: Maternal recognition of pregnancy, early embryonic development
PhD: University of California Davis, 1991
Research Interests: 1) Maternal recognition of pregnancy 2) Importance of seminal proteins for sperm transport, elimination and fertilization 3) Endometritis


College of Arts and Science

Edmund Rucker, PhD, Associate Professor
Research Interests: Autophagy and Apoptosis

College of Medicine

PhD: Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, 1984
Postdoc: Massachusetts General Hospital, Northwestern University
Research Interests: Neuroendocrine regulation of seasonal reproduction cycles, especially the role of the pineal
PhD: Paris Lodron University, 1978
Postdoc: INSERM, University of Lille, France; University of North Carolina
Research Interests: Control of GnRH secretion and mechanisms of GnRH action
PhD: East Carolina University, 1983
Postdoc: University of Miami
Research Interests: Mechanisms of ovulation, specifically the role of proteolytic enzymes in follicular rupture, luteal formation, and regression
Misung Jo, PhD, Assistant Professor
PhD: Cornell University, 2002
Postdoc: University of Kentucky
Research Interests: Ovarian physiology
PhD: University of Michigan, 1974
Postdoc: Emory University, University of Michigan
Research Interests: Reproductive neuroendocrinology, specifically in the mechanisms whereby gonadal steroids feed back on the hypothalamo-pituitary axis to control gonadotropin secretion
Melinda Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor
PhD: Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, 1997
Research Interests: Neuroprotective effects of estrogen
Michael Kilgore, PhD, Associate Professor
PhD: Texas Tech University, 1990
Research Interests: Effect of estrogen and environmental toxins in developing breast cancer
Mary Vore, PhD, Professor
PhD: Vanderbilt University, 1972
Postdoc: Department of Biochemistry and Metabolism, Hoffmann-LaRoche
Research Interests: Effects of estrogen, pregnancy, and prolactin on hepatic function

College of Pharmacy

PhD: State University of New York at Buffalo, 1979
Research Interests: Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, with a particular emphasis on drug transfer into milk, including transporter gene expression at the blood mammary epithelial barrier