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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

Ligands, Receptors, and Transcription Factors that Mediate Inter-Cellular and Intra-Cellular Communication during Ovarian Follicle Development

Bernabé, B. P., Woodruff, T., Broadbelt, L. J. & Shea, L. D., Feb 1 2020, In : Reproductive Sciences. 27, 2, p. 690-703 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Scaffold-Free Endometrial Organoids Respond to Excess Androgens Associated With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    Wiwatpanit, T., Murphy, A. R., Lu, Z., Urbanek, M., Burdette, J. E., Woodruff, T. K. & Kim, J. J., Jan 8 2020, In : Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 105, 3, dgz100.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • An Intellectual App for Successful Scientists

    Woodruff, T. K., Jul 1 2019, In : Endocrinology. 160, 7, p. 1679-1680 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access

    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 2019, In : Journal of adolescent and young adult oncology. 8, 1, p. 67-73 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    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

  • 4 Scopus citations