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Research into animal and human reproductive biology has widespread implications for human health.  The Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Training Program (RDSTP) at Michigan State University trains young scientists to pursue research in Programmatic High Priority Topic Areas identified by the NICHD/Fertility and Infertility (FI) Branch and the Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch.

Trainees in our program are engaged in research in four Areas of Specialization:

  • Gonad and Gamete Biology
  • Early Embryo Development
  • Reproductive Tract Biology and Gynecological Pathologies
  • Environmental Factors in Reproduction

Our program provides trainees with competencies in:

  • Hypothesis-driven Basic, Applied, Clinical, and Translational Research,
  • Use of a variety of model organisms in reproductive biology research
  • Cutting edge methodologies in developmental biology and embryology, molecular and cellular biology, reproductive physiology, genome editing, epigenetics, and bioinformatics/genomics biology
  • Skills for successful professional development, such as oral communication, grant writing, job interviewing skills, mentoring, laboratory management, alternate career awareness, intellectual property and entrepreneurship, and teaching.