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Sex Steroid Hormones & Female Reproductive Biology

Multiple components of the cells in that female reproductive tract work in concert to provide an optimal microenvironment for gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos to establish a successful pregnancy. At Winuthayanon Lab, we focus on studying how ovarian steroid hormones (estrogen and progesterone) affect fertility during sperm migration, fertilization, embryo development, and embryo transport within the female reproductive tract. We use genetic-engineered mouse models to dissect the molecular mechanisms and functional requirement of estrogen and progesterone signals through their classical nuclear receptors (estrogen receptor; ESR1 and progesterone receptor; PGR) during early pregnancy. Our research aims to provide fundamental knowledge in reproductive biology during early pregnancy as well as potential contraceptive targets for women and therapeutic approaches for infertility in humans.

Dr. Winuthayanon received the Dean’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 09/17/2020

Dr. Joy Winuthayanon, an assistant professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, is the recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award! The award is sponsored by the dean and is designed to recognize outstanding junior faculty who are already establishing themselves as innovators and leaders in their chosen fields. 

Dr. Winuthayanon received the SMB Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring Award, 05/09/2020

Our lab received the Largest New Individual Grant Award, a Recognition from WSU Office of Research, 10/29/2019

In FY2019, Winuthayanon received a $1.59 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the oviductal epithelium environment to tackle the poor success and inherent problems associated with assisted reproductive technologies (ART). – By Karen Hunt, Office of Research