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"None of us is as smart as all of us." -Ken Blanchard

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The Team

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Ripla Arora
Associate Professor
My interests lie in understanding cellular and developmental mechanisms that underlie tissue morphogenesis and organ formation. My training is in biochemistry and developmental genetics.  In order to better understand maternal-fetal interactions  I developed a technique for imaging and analyzing organization of the uterine structure in 3D. Using this methodology we have observed dynamic changes in the structure of the mouse uterine lumen and glandular architecture as the window of receptivity approaches. In my laboratory we combine the strengths of classic developmental biology methods, mouse genetics, organ culture, 3D imaging, computational image analysis and gene expression analysis, to establish how hormones influence the uterine luminal and glandular epithelium to modulate receptivity and implantation. Other than science I am passionate about dancing and yoga.

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Katrina Granger
Research Technologist
I am a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and a B.F.A. in Dance. Scientific research has always been fascinating to me because of how much knowledge and information can be gleaned by delving rigorously into the most fundamental mechanisms of life. I believe that finding answers to biological questions is an art, as it involves using basic principles to make a new discovery or develop a creative solution. Additionally, the intersection of medicine and engineering provides unique methods for combating the medical concerns of the future. In the Arora lab, my research focuses on how uterine gland structure and function affects the embryo at various stages of implantation. Through my research and further studies, I aim to contribute to scientific insights that will improve lives. Outside the lab, I enjoy dancing, creating art, and spending time with family and friends.

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Noura Massri

Graduate Student (Cell and Molecular Biology, BMS)

I completed my undergraduate degree at Michigan State University with a major in Food Science and a minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Currently, I am a graduate student in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program as part of the BioMolecular Sciences graduate program. My undergraduate and work experiences have inspired me to pursue an advanced degree to study the adverse effects of chemicals on biological processes. I am interested in identifying the molecular mechanisms by which chemicals drive the pathophysiology of major chronic diseases, with the aim to develop therapeutic strategies to protect and improve public health. In the Arora lab, I study the mechanism of uterine vascular remodeling during embryo development and the impact of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs on vessel development. Outside of lab, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

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Kaylie Chiles
DO-Phd student
I am a third-year DO-PhD student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I graduated from Michigan State University with Bachelor’s degrees in Physiology and Genomics & Molecular Genetics and a minor in Spanish, then earned my Master’s degree in Microbiology from MSU. I am interested in female reproductive physiology and plan to specialize in Obstetrics & Gynecology. As a physician, I hope to conduct clinical research to investigate complicated or high-risk pregnancies, with a particular focus on maternal causes of infertility. In the Arora lab, I am evaluating the role of progesterone in shaping the three-dimensional structure of the uterus during implantation. Outside of the lab, I enjoy dancing ballet, mountain biking, and playing with my two cats.

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Lisa Zou 
Graduate Student (Biomedical Engineering)
I am currently a first year PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering. I completed my undergraduate degree at Michigan State University with a major in Biosystems Engeering with a Biomedical concentration and a minor in Computer Science. My undergraduate coursework and research have inspired me to pursue an advanced degree in Biomedical Engineering. I am interested in the advancement of the application engineering principles and designs in medicine to develop methods to improve healthcare. In the Arora lab, I am interested in understanding uterine epithelial-stromal cell organization and cross-talk. I am developing methods for modeling the uterine environment within 3D scaffolding micro-environments. Outside the lab, I enjoy playing with my cat and reading. 

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Aishwarya Bhurke 
Graduate Student (Genetics and Genome Sciences, BMS)
I am a PhD student in the Genetics and Genome Sciences Program. I completed my B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Savitribai Phule Pune University, India, and M.Sc. in Biomedical Genetics with specialization in Genetic Counseling from Vellore Institute of Technology, India. Before coming to MSU, I worked as a research assistant in the Clinical Research Laboratory at ICMR-National Institute for Research in Reproductive and Child Health, India, where I studied the pregnancy outcomes in endometriosis patients and its correlation with autoimmune markers. As I progressed in women’s health research, I realized how medical practice can largely benefit from understanding of the underlying basic biology. This inspired me to pursue an advanced degree to study the biological interactions between the embryo and uterus during pregnancy. In Arora lab, I am interested in studying the structural and functional role of uterine glands in embryo survival, development, and implantation. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, making illustration art and watching Netflix.

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Harini Raghu Kumar 
Graduate Student (Genetics and Genome Sciences, BMS)
I am a Ph.D. student enrolled in the Genetics and Genome Sciences Program. My educational background includes B.Tech in Biotechnology from St. Joseph's College of Engineering in India and M.Sc in Human Genetics from Sri Ramachandra Medical College, India. Before joining MSU, I worked as a Genome Analyst at MedGenome Labs, India, where I gained expertise in analyzing Next Generation Sequencing data from patient samples. In my role at MedGenome Labs, I utilized disease databases and computer prediction tools to identify Single Nucleotide Variations (SNVs) and Copy Number Variations (CNVs) in the genome. My work primarily focused on patient samples related to fetal medicine, neonatology, and reproductive biology. This experience allowed me to collaborate with geneticists and deepen my understanding of genetics in a clinical context. Currently, I am a member of the Arora Lab, where my research focuses on understanding how gene expression changes in the uterine luminal epithelium, smooth muscle and stroma modulate uterine 3D structure in normal and hyper-stimulated pregnancies. Apart from my academic pursuits, I enjoy traveling, going to gym, listening to music, and spending quality time with my family and friends.

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May Shen
Research Technician
I graduated from Lyman Briggs College with a Bachelor's degree in Genomics and Molecular Genetics. I am interested in research because it allows us to answer questions through testable hands-on experiments. I am intrigued by how changes in parts of an organism's DNA can alter the development of the organism as a whole, and how in research we use this information to better understand the human body.  My goal is to enter medical school and become a physician. In my free time, I enjoy reading, drawing, and taking walks with my family.

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Deaziah Ford
CHM Medical Student
I am currently a rising 3rd year medical student at Michigan State College of Human Medicine. I completed my undergraduate degree at Michigan State University with a major in Human Biology and a minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology. I am currently interested in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology, specifically maternal-fetal medicine. I am excited to join the Arora lab to gain more knowledge in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology that will assist me in my role as a physician. I also hope that this experience will further my knowledge and skills in the process of conducting research.

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Laasya Koduri
Undergraduate student
I am currently a senior in Lyman Briggs College pursuing a major in Human Biology as well as Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Bioethics. I aspire to go to medical school after my undergraduate studies and become a physician. I am fascinated by women’s health and research because research has the astounding ability to answer the unanswered. This is one of the many reasons I enjoy research, as it is an outlook into understanding intricate ideologies and solving complexities unknown in the human body. I am interested to look into how uterine gland structure and function affects the survival and development of the embryo. On campus, I am involved in MSU Pre-Street Medicine, Perfect Pair, and Haven House. I also love dedicating my time to volunteering, and I am a volunteer for the Sparrow Hospital and the Mother Teresa House. In my free time, I love to play golf, watch Netflix, and bake.

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Jarrett Lloyd
Undergraduate student
I am a senior at the University of Maryland Baltimore County majoring in biological sciences on the pre-med track. I am also a Meyerhoff scholar at UMBC. After completing my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue higher education to be able to get into medical school to become a physician scientist. I am extremely invested in cell biology. To this end I am using image segmentation to quantify cell-specific gene expression in the Arora Lab. At UMBC I am also member of the Starz-Gaiano lab, which does research on cell motility and uses Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. In my free time I enjoy working out, cooking, hanging out with friends, and watching movies and shows.

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Shivani Anandhasenthil
Undergraduate student
I am a senior in Lyman Briggs College and majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Health Promotion. After my undergraduate studies I will pursue a career as a physician. I am eager to learn about women’s health research and to explore opportunities to help improve their health and safety in all aspects of their lives. On campus, I am a part of Pre-SOMA, UBI, and volunteer at Sparrow Hospital. I am also a part of the OMSP program and the Honors College. My hobbies include dancing and exploring new places!

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Chloe Sayre
Undergraduate student
I am a junior in Lyman Briggs majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Bioethics on the pre-med track. I plan to pursue a career as an OBGYN with the goal of helping women in the realm of reproductive health and raising awareness to the inequalities women face in the healthcare system. I am interested in women’s reproductive health due to the lack of attention that is brought to the specialty, leaving many of the processes waiting to be discovered. At MSU, I am apart of Pre-Street Medicine and Women in Stem, and enjoy volunteering at the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing in my free time. When I’m not busy with school work, I love to watch movies, spend time with my friends, and read!

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Tanishka Shenoy
Undergraduate student
I am currently a junior in Lyman Briggs College pursuing a major in Human Biology with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at MSU. After my undergraduate studies, I aim to attend medical school and become a physician in the OB-GYN department. I am passionate about female reproductive health and research and aspire to delve deeper into the intricate biological and functional roles of uterine glands in embryo development and implantation. Outside of research, on campus I am involved in my professional medical fraternity Delta Epsilon Mu, volunteer at Haven House and Sparrow, and involvement in CIUS and MSU SAAN. In my free time, I love to spend time with friends and family, workout, and watch new shows.

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Mia Simone
Undergraduate student
I am a junior in Lyman Briggs College majoring in Human Biology on the pre-med track and minoring in Music. I am also a student in the Honor College and College of Music. After my undergraduate education, I plan to attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician. I am very excited to learn more about Women's reproductive health with the Arora Lab and plan to specialize in OB/GYN practices in the future. At MSU, I am also a member of State of Fifths, a co-ed competitive a cappella group and a volunteer at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. My hobbies include singing, watching movies, baking and scrapbooking!

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Curtis Chen
Undergraduate student
I am an undergraduate student at MSU majoring in Biochemistry. I am an aspiring physician and hope to attend medical school. I have a background in plant lipid transport, confocal microscopy, and optogenetics. The Arora lab interests me because of 3D modeling of the uterus and the research done using confocal microscopy. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, hiking, and skiing. Some fun facts about me: I’m from Okemos, I work at McLaren, and I have a younger brother.

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Ria Bramhane
Undergraduate student
I am currently a sophomore at Lyman Briggs College majoring in Human Biology. After completing my undergraduate education, my goal is to attend medical school and work in the OB-GYN department. I have always been fascinated with learning about women's health and raising any awareness surrounding inequalities women experience in the healthcare system. However, I have recently become intrigued by research, as it excites me to delve deeper into the intricate and functional roles of the uterus and learn more about embryo development. Outside of working within the Arora Lab, I am involved in clubs such as the co-ed competitive South Asian a capella team at Michigan State University as well as an active member in my co-ed fraternity, Delta Epsilon Mu. In my free time, I love to spend time with family and friends, as well as singing and playing the guitar. 

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Rohit Mahesh
High School student
I am a sophomore at Salem High School. My research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and computational biology, particularly in the field of genomic medicine. I really enjoy being part of Dr. Arora’s lab as it provides an amazing opportunity to learn about the role of uterine horn contractions in embryo movement. It also gives me a chance to experience how professional research truly operates. In my free time, I enjoy watching star wars movies and playing the violin

Lab Alumni

Lindsey Royer
Current position: Research Assistant, Nechiporuk Lab, Oregon Health State University

Anna Coronel
Current position: Prenatal Genetic Counselor

Jayani Balaji
Current position: Veterinary Student, Michigan State University

Diana Flores
Current position: Research Assistant, University of Michigan

Savannah Wright
Current position: Graduate Student, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Sameed Khan

Current position: Medical Student, Case Western Reserve University

Manoj Madhavan
Current position: Research Scientist, Fount Bio, Cambridge, MA 

Maddie Dawson
Current position: Graduate Student, University of Michigan

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Holiday Party (December 2023) 

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Annual Society for Developmental Biology Meeting - Chicago 
July 2023

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Girl Math and Science Day May 2023

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Tenure celebration
July 2023

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Grandparents University - June 2023

Arora Lab first student (Manoj Madhavan) graduation - (May 2023) 

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Thesis Defense - (April 2023) 

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Holiday Party (December 2022) 

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Lab Photo (October 2022) 

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Pictionary (October 2022) 

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We love Sushi!!! (December 2022) 

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RDSP Annual Day 2022

Poured Paint Workshop April 2022

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Lab Meeting 2021

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Lab photo 2021

Quarantine Diaries 2020

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Chilli Chicken

Graduating Seniors 2020

Game night 2020

Kebabs

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Never miss lab meeting!! June 2019

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Girl Math and Science Day, March 2019

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MSU SciComm, April 2019

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Lab Photo 2019

Paint Night July 2018

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Christmas Party Game Night 2018

April 2018

Learning Baboon Endometrial Anatomy with Prof. Asgi Fasleabas 

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Christmas lunch 2017

IQ holiday party 2017

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