"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.

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!

Lindsey Royer

Undergraduate Student 

I am a senior in the Lyman Briggs College pursuing a dual degree in Human Biology and Neuroscience, and I am minoring in Spanish with a goal to enter the medical field after college. On campus, I am involved with the Neuroscience Club, the Spartan Pre-Professional Club, and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). I am also the founder of the MSU Water Brigades chapter on campus, and one of the Co-Campus Chairpersons of Global Brigades at MSU. I am interested in research because there is always an opportunity to learn and discover beyond what is already known. In the Arora lab, I study the 3D structure of the uterine glands in different mammalian species. Through this research I hope to understand species-specific differences in uterine gland function. I also study how the 3D architecture of nerves in the uterus changes in response to varying levels of hormones. Outside of academia, I love watching any new Netflix Originals, grabbing Cold Stone ice cream with friends, spending too much money at Target, and taking long walks with my dog, Spot!

Jayani Balaji

Undergraduate Student

I am currently a senior in the Lyman Briggs College. I am studying Human Biology with a minor in Cognitive Sciences. I am fascinated by how research is like solving a puzzle, and each new discovery gets you one step closer to understanding the bigger picture. My project in the Arora lab focuses on uterine gland gene expression differences during  early stages of implantation. On campus, I am a member of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association, Spartan Pre-Professional Club, Coalition of Indian Undergraduate Students, and on a Bollywood-fusion competitive dance team. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, taking photographs, and being with friends and family. 

Savannah Wright

Undergraduate Student 

I am currently a junior majoring in Genomics and Molecular Genetics with a minor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. I am pursuing my degree through the College of Natural Sciences with the goal of entering a program for Masters in Genetic Counseling. Research interests me greatly because I can use hands-on experimental techniques to begin to address the many questions pertaining to how the human body works and then there is the prospect to apply it to other organisms as well. As part of the Arora lab, I am working on understanding the basis of embryo spacing using genetic mouse mutants that display this phenotype. Outside of studies I am a member of the MSU Chaarg. I love to go to football games, spend time with my friends and family and enjoy cooking.

Zachary Raider

Undergraduate Student 

I am a Senior in the College of Natural Science pursuing a degree in Human Biology with the aim of entering the medical field after college. On campus, I’m the Vice President of the Jewish Pre-Medical Club, and an active member in the Mental Health Club. I am interested in research and the field of medicine because of the everlasting impact of novel and in-depth scientific knowledge on the quality of human life. In the Arora lab, I study changes in uterine 3D structure during altered hormonal conditions. In my personal life, I love playing hockey, eating sushi, and spending time with my friends and family.

Sameed Khan

Undergraduate Student 

I am a Junior 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 Junior 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. 

Anna Coronel

Undergraduate student

I am currently a Senior in the College of Natural Science pursuing a degree in Genomics and Molecular Genetics with a minor in Linguistics. My aspiration after undergraduate is to enter graduate school to work towards a masters in Genetic Counseling. I am interested in research because we are able to be hands-on and apply what we have learned in the classroom to something that will make a difference. My work at the Arora Lab involves using 3D image analysis to study uterine vasculature during implantation.  On campus, I am part of the Sexual Assault Advocacy Program and in my free time, I enjoy swimming, reading and being outdoors.

Christmas lunch 2017

IQ holiday party 2017

April 2018

Learning Baboon Endometrial Anatomy with Prof. Asgi Fasleabas 

Paint Night July 2018

Christmas Party Game Night 2018

Never miss lab meeting!! June 2019

Girl Math and Science Day, March 2019

MSU SciComm, April 2019