General Biology, Principles of Biology I Lab
My dissertation research focused on the impact of a functionally significant polymorphism of the progesterone receptor gene (PROGINS) on uterine function in women. I also investigated the possibility that PROGINS interacts with non-genetic factors such as anthropometric measures, physical activity patterns, and women's life histories. This research demonstrated that PROGINS impacts uterine function alone, and interacts with anthropometric variation. I also found that both smoking habits and hormonal contraceptive use alter women’s reproductive physiology at the sub-clinical level. In collaboration with colleagues at Temple University, I am currently examining the possibility that other genetic variants similarly affect uterine function.