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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

Keywords

  • 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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Grants 2001 2023

Research
Reproductive Medicine
Bioethics
Social Sciences
Reproductive Health
Ovulation
Contraceptive Agents
Genes
Oocytes
Ovum
Reproductive Health
Research
Communication
Biomedical Engineering
Behavioral Medicine

Research Output 1986 2019

A survey study of attitude and knowledge regarding female fertility preservation among reproductive health professionals in Fujian, China

Ju, K., Kopp, M., Wang, Y., Yuan, G., Zheng, W., Ataman, L. M., Woodruff, T. K., Chen, Q. & Xiao, S., Feb 1 2019, In : Journal of adolescent and young adult oncology. 8, 1, p. 67-73 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fertility Preservation
Reproductive Health
China
Neoplasms
Fertility

Bovine eggs release zinc in response to parthenogenetic and sperm-induced egg activation

Que, E. L., Duncan, F. E., Lee, H. C., Hornick, J. E., Vogt, S., Fissore, R. A., O'Halloran, T. V. & Woodruff, T. K., Mar 15 2019, In : Theriogenology. 127, p. 41-48 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Eggs
Ovum
Spermatozoa
Zinc
zinc

Comparison of National Institutes of Health Grant Amounts to First-Time Male and Female Principal Investigators

Oliveira, D. F. M., Ma, Y., Woodruff, T. K. & Uzzi, B., Mar 5 2019, In : JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association. 321, 9, p. 898-900 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Research Personnel
1 Citation (Scopus)

Development of a Pediatric Fertility Preservation Program: A Report From the Pediatric Initiative Network of the Oncofertility Consortium

Moravek, M. B., Appiah, L. C., Anazodo, A., Burns, K. C., Gomez-Lobo, V., Hoefgen, H. R., Jaworek Frias, O., Laronda, M. M., Levine, J., Meacham, L. R., Pavone, M., Quinn, G. P., Rowell, E., Strine, A. C., Woodruff, T. K. & Nahata, L., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Adolescent Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fertility Preservation
Infertility
Pediatrics
Program Development
Fertility

Factors Affecting Fertility Decision-Making Among Transgender Adolescents and Young Adults

Chen, D., Kyweluk, M. A., Sajwani, A., Gordon, E. J., Johnson, E. K., Finlayson, C. A. & Woodruff, T. K., Apr 1 2019, In : LGBT Health. 6, 3, p. 107-115 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Transgender Persons
Fertility Preservation
Fertility
Young Adult
Decision Making