Fellowships, Residencies & CME

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Reproductive and Developmental Biology Training Program

The Reproductive and Developmental Biology Training Program at Massachusetts General Hospital provides its trainees with an intensive research experience in basic and/or clinical investigation.

OverviewThe Reproductive and Developmental Biology Training Program at Massachusetts General Hospital is a fellowship program that falls under the attentive mentorship of a skilled faculty and complemented by a strong didactic program underpinning the sciences of reproductive and developmental biology.

The Director of the program, William Crowley, MD is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director of two NIH-funded Centers. He is an established senior scientist and recognized mentor who shares the governance of this program with an experienced committee of senior faculty members (Drs. Patricia Donahoe, Joel Habener, and Janet Hall) who serve as Co-Directors. The total training faculty consists of 13 active, well-funded scientists whose diverse expertise and investigative interests span a wide range of reproductive and developmental research from fundamental developmental biology to bench-to-bedside translational clinical investigations.

Recent Selected Alumni (Postdoctoral Graduates)

Year Completed Alumni/aeResearch ProjectCurrent Position and/or Institution
2007 J. Carl Pallais, MD Effect of kisspeptin and related peptides on GPR54 signaling Instructor in Medicine, Mass General Hospital
2006 M. Yialamas, MD Effect of varying testosterone levels on insulin sensitivity Instructor in Medicine, Mass General Hospital
2006 M. Meysing, MD IHH, GnRH receptor gene
2003 N. Pitteloud, MD Role of sex steroids, inhibin and GnRH in FSH secretion in the human Division of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland
2006 Y. Pagan, MD Estradiol vs inhibin in the control of FSH in women; Is GnRH III the putative FSHRN in the human?
1999 M. Palmert, MD PhD Role of KAL gene mutations in IHH Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland
2000 L. Oleveira, MD Estradiol vs inhibin in the control of FSH in women; Is GnRH III the putative FSHRN in the human?
1999 Y. Bo-Abbas, MD Suppression of androgens in PCOS Assistant Professor of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait
1997 H. Lavoie, MD Sleep/circadian/hormonal interactions with aging Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Montreal; Consultant in Reproductive Endocrinology and Chief, Clinical Research
1998 R. Bribiescas, PhD Impact of exercise on the reproductive axis in males Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Yale University
1997 S. Seminara, MD Genetics of GnRH deficiency Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Reproductive Endocrine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
1997 C. Welt, MD Inhibin & activin subunits & receptors in ovarian cancer; Inhibin A&B physiology in females during aging
1997 L. Nachtigall, MD Physiology of inhibin B in the male Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Neurondocrine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
1997 S. Seminara, MD Genetics of GnRH deficiency Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Reproductive Endocrine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
1996 N. DeSimone, MD Inhibin/activin/follistatin/activin receptor expression and action in human ovarian cancer cell lines Assistant Professor of OB/GYN, Catholic University, Rome
1996 F. Pralong, MD Galanin as a modulator of gonadotroph biosynthesis Professor of Medicine, Lausanne, Switzerland
1996 V. Fuh, MD Biologic determinants of LH half-time Merck
1993 T. Callahan, MD Economic impact of multiple gestation  
1996 L. Halvorson, MD Gonadotropin subunit biosynthesis Assistant Professor of OB/GYN, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX

Requirements Trainees are selected from a highly talented applicant pool of MDs, MD/PhD’s or PhD’s on the basis of their prior academic and/or research accomplishments, a strong future commitment to an academic career in biomedical investigation, and a personal interview indicating their proper motivation and future potential.

Curriculum

Over the course of 2-3 years, trainees are closely supervised by senior faculty mentors. Trainees are encouraged to interact extensively with junior faculty who typically serve as in a co-mentorship role. A program of rigorous didactic sessions integrates tightly with independent laboratory programs that remain at the heart of the program. Typically, the training period involves several additional years as junior faculty that permits the consolidation of skills required for independent support, the ultimate goal of their training program.


ResearchResearch facilities are fully equipped and recently modernized. The institutional investigators are highly funded by the NIH, the environment is superb, with considerable support from the NIH Reproductive Sciences Center. This training grant represents a critical stabilizing element in all of these individual research programs and is the a crucial link that enables talented trainees to achieve independent careers in reproductive and developmental biology.

How to Apply Applicants should download the application and email, fax, or send by postal mail to:

William F. Crowley, MD
Chief, Reproductive Endocrine Unit
Bartlett Hall Extension
55 Fruit Street
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-3038
Fax: 617-726-5357Include

Qualified applicants will be invited to visit the Reproductive Endocrine Unit to interview with appropriate investigators.

Reproductive Endocrine Unit Administrative Offices

Bartlett Hall Extension
55 Fruit Street
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-3038
Fax: 617-726-5357
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

Patients with ultrasound appointments are seen on the 4th floor of the Bartlett Hall Extension Building.

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Massachusetts General Hospital provides a welcoming and supportive environment for employees of all ethnic backgrounds, cultures, ages, lifestyles and physical abilities.