Division of Reproductive Biology
The Division of Reproductive Biology, established at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1972, is a formal division of the School's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The primary goals of the division mesh particularly well with those of the BMB Department, given a premium placed on research devoted to the cellular, biochemical and molecular bases of normal and abnormal cellular processes, and on training highly qualified scientists who, through research, teaching and service, provide new understanding of biomedical issues that have an impact on public health.
The research of division faculty is both basic and applied, often extending from the molecule to the individual patient to the population. Another major goal of the division is to foster interaction among the reproductive biologists at Johns Hopkins University through teaching, seminars, collaborative research, and joint education programs.
The areas of research emphasis in the division:
- Regulation of testosterone production in the mammalian testis
- Molecular mechanisms of androgen action in target tissues
- Aging of the reproductive tract
- Hormonal, cellular, genetic and molecular regulation of mammalian spermatogenesis
- Molecular mechanisms of meiotic maturation
- Regulation of testicular and ovarian stem cells
- Impact of nutrition on germ stem cells and fertility
- Oocyte maturation
- Sperm-egg interactions during fertilization
- Development of methods for contraception
- Infertility: causes and cures
- Effects of environmental toxicants on the reproductive tract