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Research Interests

Teresa K. Woodruff Ph.D. is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Professor of Molecular Biosciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. She is also the Director of the Center for Reproductive Science, Founder and Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, and Director of the Oncofertility Consortium. She is an internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology and, in 2006, coined the term “oncofertility” to describe the merging of two fields: oncology and fertility. She now heads the Oncofertility Consortium, an interdisciplinary team of biomedical and social scientist experts from across the country.She has been active in education not only at the professional level but also with high school students. To this end, she founded and directs the Oncofertility Saturday Academy (OSA), one of several high school outreach programs that engages girls in basic and medical sciences. She is civically active and is an elected member of The Economic Club of Chicago and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Woodruff served on the school board of the Chicago-based Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, served as president of the Endocrine Society and championed the new NIH policy that mandates the use of females in fundamental research.

Training Experience

1991Fellowship, Genetech, Inc.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Northwestern University

… → 1989

Research interests

  • Endocrinology
  • Infertility (female)
  • Infertility (male)
  • Oncology
  • Women's Health
  • Women's Health / Women's Reproductive Health
  • Cancer: Female Reproductive System (ovary, cervix, uterus)

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Research Output

A 10-year follow-up study of sex inclusion in the biological sciences

Woitowich, N. C., Beery, A. & Woodruff, T., Jun 9 2020, In : eLife. 9

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Author Correction: Engineered reproductive tissues (Nature Biomedical Engineering, (2020), 4, 4, (381-393), 10.1038/s41551-020-0525-x)

    Gargus, E. S., Rogers, H. B., McKinnon, K. E., Edmonds, M. E. & Woodruff, T. K., May 1 2020, In : Nature Biomedical Engineering. 4, 5, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Open Access
  • Creating a global community of practice for oncofertility

    Ataman, L. M., Rodrigues, J. K., Marinho, R. M., Caetano, J. P. J., Chehin, M. B., Alves da Motta, E. L., Serafini, P., Suzuki, N., Furui, T., Takae, S., Sugishita, Y., Morishige, K. I., Almeida-Santos, T., Melo, C., Buzaglo, K., Irwin, K., Hamish Wallace, W., Anderson, R. A., Mitchell, R. T., Telfer, E. E. & 30 others, Adiga, S. K., Anazodo, A., Stern, C., Sullivan, E., Jayasinghe, Y., Orme, L., Cohn, R., McLachlan, R., Deans, R., Agresta, F., Gerstl, B., Ledger, W. L., Robker, R. L., de Meneses e Silva, J. M., Melo e Silva, L. H. F., Lunardi, F. O., Lee, J. R., Suh, C. S., de Vos, M., van Moer, E., Stoop, D., Vloeberghs, V., Smitz, J., Tournaye, H., Wildt, L., Winkler-Crepaz, K., Andersen, C. Y., Smith, B. M., Smith, K. & Woodruff, T. K., Jan 1 2020, In : Journal of Global Oncology. 6, p. 317-330 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Scopus citations

    Engineered reproductive tissues

    Gargus, E. S., Rogers, H. B., McKinnon, K. E., Edmonds, M. E. & Woodruff, T. K., Apr 1 2020, In : Nature Biomedical Engineering. 4, 4, p. 381-393 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Good news on the active management of pregnant cancer patients

    Folsom, S. M. & Woodruff, T. K., Jan 1 2020, In : F1000Research. 9

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access