Studies conducted in my laboratory focus on (1) elucidating the role of transcription factors in fetal ovarian development, (2) identifying the function of cell-secreted vesicles containing microRNAs and protein in ovarian follicle growth and maturation, (3) uncovering the role of cell-secreted vesicles and RNA-binding proteins in ovarian cancer development, and (4) establishing a role for sex steroid signaling in placental development, and fetal developmental programming.
The phrase "stem cells" triggers a veritable avalanche of reactions –
controversial, groundbreaking, hype, miracle cures, societal division,
political football, biomedical advances, and, finally, hope for the
incurably ill. For all that has been written and debated, one thing is
certain. A lack of clarity around stem cells fuels a debate that often
hides scientific advances being made in less controversial adult stem
cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.
Drs. Jerry Bouma and Quinton Winger, faculty in the Department of
Biomedical Sciences, are working towards a solution that could give
doctors and patients a leg-up in diagnosing some serious problems in
women’s reproductive health.