Centers and Labs

College faculty provide leadership in large-scale multidisciplinary research programs as well as pursue independent research investigations.

NIH-funded Research Centers

[Botanical Estrogens & Cognitive Function research image]Botanical Estrogen Research Center

Evaluating phytoestrogens such as soy isoflavones for their potential for preventing and causing diseases

  • Project Leaders: William Helferich, Benita Katzenellenbogen, and Susan Schantz
  • Funding: National Institutes of Health

[fertility research image]Center For Research in Reproduction and Infertility

Characterizing, at molecular and cellular levels, the hormonal pathways that regulate embryo implantation and fertility. with the ultimate goal of improving human reproductive health.

  • Project Leaders: Indrani Bagchi, Milan Bagchi, Benita Katzenellenbogen, and Robert Taylor (Emory University)
  • Funding: National Institutes of Health

[cognitive test of infant]Children’s Environmental Health Research Center at Illinois (I-Kids)

Researching the impact of bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, and other endocrine disruptors on child development


A Sampling of Research Laboratory Websites

[Photic Phase-Response Curve]Chronobiology Laboratory of Megan Mahoney

Combining research into circadian rhythms, female reproductive cycles, and estrogen by examining the effect of disruptions in rhythms (jet lag and shift work) on estrous cyclicity and clock gene expression and by characterizing the expression of circadian rhythms in mice with impaired estrogen production or signaling.

[Cyclooxygenase-2 Catalysis and Inhibition in Lipid Bilayer Nanodiscs]Aditi Das Laboratory

Seeking to understand the structure-function of membrane-bound enzymes involved in lipid metabolism in their native-like lipid bilayer environment of nanodiscs.

[disease data depicted through GIS software]The Geographic Information System and Spatial Analysis (GISSA) Laboratory of Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz

Focusing on the spatial epidemiology of diseases and using spatial databases and statistical analyses to improve public health.

[diagram from Inoue Lab]Makoto Inoue Laboratory

Elucidating the interaction between immune system and nervous system in autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases.

[ovary in female aging]CheMyung Ko Laboratory

Working to elucidate the molecular mechanism of ovulation, i.e., the process of egg release from the ovary, by focusing on endothelin system in ovulation and luteal function, steroids and prostaglandins in leukocyte trafficking, steroid receptors in PCOS pathogenesis and reproductive aging.

[colorful slide from Jodi Flaws lab]Program in Embryology, Endocrinology, and Reproduction

A large, internationally recognized group of faculty, located in various departments on the Illinois campus, whose work focuses on various aspects of reproductive biology, early embryonic development and endocrine physiology.

[allender with turtle]Wildlife Epidemiology Laboratory of Matt Allender

A collaborative research, diagnostic, and training lab for new or ongoing studies in free-ranging and captive amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.