Interim Director: Sarah England, PhD
As the obstetric and gynecology department’s basic science division, the Center for Reproductive Health Sciences (CRepHS) endeavors to improve the overall and reproductive health of women worldwide by making reproductive health a priority in investigative science. Together with the Division of Clinical Research, CRepHS supports the department’s overall research enterprise.
We are building a team of outstanding investigators dedicated to basic and translational reproductive health research.
CRepHS provides an infrastructure of core facilities and resources to support basic and translational research while facilitating collaborations across disciplines and institutions.
Our core facilities support cross-disciplinary research in reproductive health and related fields. CRepHs members, as well as national and international collaborators, have access to these facilities, which are located in the BJC Institute of Health.
Visit the CRepHS website to learn more about our core facilities:
CRepHS faculty members manage several biobanks that acquire and store specimens throughout a woman’s lifecycle (adolescence, pregnancy, pre- and post-menopause), as well as detailed clinical histories. These specimens and data can be leveraged for translational studies and provide drivers for the Precision Medicine Initiative.
Visit the CRepHS website to learn more about these biobanks:
- Obstetrics biobank:
Women and Infants Health Specimen Consortium (WIHSC)
- Gynecology biobank:
Women’s Genitourinary Tract Specimen Consortium (WGUTSC)
- Gynecologic oncology biobank:
Gynecologic Oncology Tissue Bank (GOTB)
Department-wide resources for researchers
In addition to the core facilities provided by CRepHS, resources available to investigators in the ob/gyn department include:
- Scientific manuscript editing
- Grant-finding and -writing assistance
- Additional tissue and data banks
- Clinical research facilities
The CRepHS Seminar series features talks from national and international experts in the reproductive and GU tract health fields, interspersed with presentations on works in progress from our talented junior faculty and trainees.
See the CRepHS seminar schedule »
Our faculty comprise a community of reproductive science researchers at Washington University. They are investigating topics as wide-ranging as maternal diabetes and fertility, urothelial stem cell regeneration, ovarian cancer metastasis, potassium channels in sperm, the biology of Zika virus infection in pregnancy, Zika’s effects on male fertility, non-invasive imaging techniques and uterine function during pregnancy and pre-term birth.
View a list of current research projects »
Vice Chair, Research
Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Medicine, Ob/Gyn
Associate Program Director, Prematurity Research Center
Division: Basic & Translational Research
Admin; Kirsten Biggs
Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn
Associate Program Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Admin; Kimberly (Kim) Coombs
Chair, Department of Ob/Gyn
Mitchell & Elaine Yanow Professor
Division: Gynecologic Oncology
Admin; Tanja Wilson
Assistant Professor, OBGYN
Admin; Whitney Dunker
Additional faculty members in our department and around Washington University contribute important findings in reproductive sciences. These investigators often collaborate with our center’s faculty for their research.
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