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

The Team

Ripla Arora

Assistant 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.

Diana Flores

Research Assistant

I believe that the science’s goal is to understand nature, and that nature’s language is mathematics. My love for science led me to follow the path of mathematics early in my life. Later during my doctoral studies, I discovered the astonishing world of neuroscience. During this time, I explored differences in the intrinsic physiology of vocal cortex neurons, which are essential for song acquisition and production in songbirds, as a function of age, sex, and experience using a combination of fluorescence imaging, electrophysiology, and mathematical modeling. I enjoy working using math and programming to understand biological processes. In the Arora lab, I study how the changing three-dimensional uterine structure and different uterine processes affect embryo movement and implantation. Outside the lab, I love to play board games, dance, and travel. 

Sarah David

Research Technologist

I am a recent graduate of Calvin College with a degree in Biochemistry with a Neuroscience concentration. I am interested in research because of the innovation it requires and the versatility of the information it offers us. These are just two of the reasons I’d like to pursue further graduate study in a scientific discipline. I am excited to better understand developmental mechanisms in the body through research, as well as how this knowledge can help improve the everyday lives of people worldwide. My research in the Arora lab focuses on how uterine gland structure and function affects the blastocyst during preimplantation and implantation stages. Outside of the lab, I enjoy going on walks, spending time with friends and travelling.  

Manoj Krishna Madhavan

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. During my in-depth training in Biotechnology, I developed a curiosity and fascination towards the field of Biomedical Engineering. I am particularly interested in the challenges posed at the interface of engineering and medicine and want to develop ways to better connect both these fields. In the Arora lab, my research focuses on studying the mechanisms of embryo movement and embryo spacing in the mouse uterus. I am currently working on developing  techniques to track the movement of embryos within the uterus in real time. Outside of the lab, I enjoy travelling, camping in Northern Michigan, going on walks and watching tv shows.

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.

Hannah Lufkin

Research Assistant

I recently graduated from the Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University with a degree in Genomics and Molecular Genetics and Human Biology with a minor in Bioethics. I plan to pursue a dual degree  program earning both a medical degree and a PhD. I am intrigued by the impact biomedical research can have on the field of medicine. My project involves evaluating the effects of hormonally imbalanced pathologies on the 3D structure of the uterus. In my free time, I enjoy going to the MSU Dairy Store, working out, and traveling!

Savannah Wright

Undergraduate Student 

I am currently a Senior pursuing a degree in Genomics and Molecular Genetics through the College of Natural Sciences. I want to pursue a Ph.D. in genetics with the goal of researching genetic variants underlying human disease. I immensely enjoy research as it is a way to challenge current ideologies and help solve the broader question of how the human body works. As part of the Arora Lab, I am currently working on how non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs affect peri-implantation events. I also assist other members of the lab in exploring mechanisms of uterine luminal closure in the mouse. Outside of my studies I am the Secretary for MSU CHAARG. I love to cook, and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Sameed Khan

Undergraduate Student 

I am a Senior in the Lyman Briggs college pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Human Biology with the aspiration to become a physician. My research interest lies at the intersection of technology and biomedicine and using my programming skillset to tackle technical problems in the biomedical domain. My work in the Arora Lab involves using computational image analysis and developing new techniques and algorithms to investigate the branching morphology of uterine glands. On campus, I am a member of the Society for Asian Scientists and Engineers and the Muslim Student Association. In my free time, I enjoy writing poetry and reading.

Pooja Gadhiya

Undergraduate student

I am currently a Senior in Lyman Briggs College pursuing a major in Human Biology and a minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology. My goal after my undergraduate studies is to enter medical school and become a physician. On campus, I am on the executive board of the American Medical Student Association(AMSA), a committee member of the Student Health Advisory Council(SHAC), and work at the ticketing office at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. I am intrigued by research because of the limitless possibilities to learn. My work at the Arora Lab involves analysis of embryos/beads along the uterine horn as well assessing 3D location through computational analysis. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, watching new TV shows, cooking, as well as spending time with family and friends. 

Madeline Dawson

Undergraduate student

I am currently a junior in the Lyman Briggs College working towards a degree in Genomics and Molecular Genetics and a minor in Bioethics. After undergraduate school I plan to pursue a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling. I have been fascinated and passionate about the genetics’ field since learning about it in high school and I find research to be a great way to further understand my field of interest and its current applications. In the Arora Lab, I am currently studying the nature of uterine horn contractions and how they change during different stages of pregnancy. In my free time I enjoy staying active with activities such as running, swimming, and Zumba.

May Shen

Undergraduate student

I am a sophomore in Lyman Briggs College pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Genomics and Molecular Genetics. I am interested in research because it allows us to answer questions we have 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. On campus, I am involved with the Pre-Physician Association. After graduating undergrad, 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.

Akanksha Kapur

Undergraduate student

I am currently a sophomore in Lyman Briggs College pursuing a major in Human Biology as well as Physiology with a minor in Bioethics. After undergraduate school my hope is to enter medical school and become a physician. On campus, I am the president and co-founder of Michigan State's chapter of United Medical Relief, a peer mentor for the Honor's College and the BOND program, and I am member of Phi Delta Epsilon. Volunteering is one of my main passions and I am a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line as well as a Medical Advocate for the Sexual Assault Healthcare Program at MSU. In my free time I love to swim, knit, and watch Netflix.

Danna Maryakhin

Undergraduate student

I am currently a senior undergraduate student at Michigan State University pursuing a degree in Human Biology and Neuroscience. Upon graduation, I plan to go to medical school in hopes of becoming a reproductive endocrinologist helping women overcome issues of infertility. I have always been fascinated by the role of different biological factors leading to a successful pregnancy and being involved in the Arora Lab allows me to further explore this area of research through 3D image analysis. On campus, I am on the executive board of the Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Fraternity and the MSU College of Natural Science Careers Club. In my free time, I love spending time outdoors with friends and family, learning how to cook, and traveling across the country.

Lab Alumni

Lindsey Royer

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

Anna Coronel

Current position: Graduate student, University of Cincinnati

Jayani Balaji

Current position: Intern, PAWS Chicago

Quarantine Diaries 2020

Chilli Chicken

Graduating Seniors 2020

Game night 2020


Never miss lab meeting!! June 2019

MSU SciComm, April 2019

Girl Math and Science Day, March 2019

Paint Night July 2018

Christmas Party Game Night 2018

April 2018

Learning Baboon Endometrial Anatomy with Prof. Asgi Fasleabas 

Christmas lunch 2017

IQ holiday party 2017