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

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The Team

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Madeline Dawson
Undergraduate student
I am currently a senior 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.

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May Shen
Undergraduate student
I am a junior 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.

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Akanksha Kapur
Undergraduate student
I am currently a junior 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.

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Kaylie Chiles

First year DO student

I am a first-year medical 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 the relationship between the female genital microbiome and pregnancy outcome. In the Arora lab, I am evaluating the three-dimensional structure of the uterus to determine the impact of luminal folding on embryo orientation during implantation. Outside of the lab, I enjoy mountain biking and playing with my two cats. 

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Drue Rogers

Second year DO student

I am currently a second-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I received my undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Michigan State University. I have always been interested in medicine. I have a passion for women’s health with a specific interest in pregnancy and infertility. In the Arora lab I will be honing my research skills while learning new imaging methodologies. My project aims to understand the hormonal regulation of uterine horn contractions and their impact on embryo implantation. Outside of the lab and schoolwork, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family!

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Laasya Koduri
Undergraduate student
I am currently a freshman 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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Nazia Haque
Undergraduate student
I am a sophomore majoring in Human Biology through Lyman Briggs College. After my undergraduate degree, I plan on going to MSUCOM through the Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program. My ultimate goal is to become a pediatric endocrinologist. My reason for wanting to become a pediatric endocrinologist is because I was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome at six years old. Essentially, I want to help children who have been diagnosed with similar conditions to mine and be a source of support for them. I am currently working on founding a rare disease advocacy organization on campus called Students for Rare. Also, I am an Honors College Peer Mentor, a member of Tower Guard, and an active member of Pre-SOMA. I am a volunteer at Henry Ford Hospital and a literacy mentor for the Center for Success. I enjoy getting boba tea watching copious amounts of Netflix during my free time. By partaking in research in this lab, I hope to open my mind to various methods of thinking and get involved with groundbreaking research that will change lives. 

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Sarah Harrison
Undergraduate student
I am currently studying at Michigan State University to concentrate on computer science engineering with a pre-medical focus. My goal after I finish my undergraduate degree is to work on biomedical software and attend medical school. I am interested in research because health and medicine are very personal to everyone. There are always ways to improve the health of our world, and research provides grounds to new discoveries and innovation in our current systems and health. In my free time, I enjoy sailing, yoga, and golf.

 

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Gladys Kamdem
Undergraduate student
I am currently a junior pursing a bachelor's degree in Human Biology. After my undergraduate degree, I hope to attend medical school and become a physician.  I am interested in which pathways lead to embryo development and allow for a successful pregnancy. In Arora lab, I hope to learn about the embryo-embryo and embryo-uterine interactions necessary for proper implantation sites. Research fascinates me because it provides for engagement and overlap in medical and cellular mechanisms using innovative methodologies. On campus, I am involved in the Aspiring Black Women Doctors club. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, spending time with my family, and volunteering in my community.  

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

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: Research Assistant, Alessio Lab, Michigan State University

Lab Meeting 2021

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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