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Mike Soares

Michael J. Soares, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Reproduction and Perinatal Research
Director, Center for Perinatal Research

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Professor Michael J. Soares serves as Director of the Institute for Reproductive Health and Regenerative Medicine (IRHRM). Professor Soares received his undergraduate training at California State University, Chico where he received a B.A. degree in Psychology in 1976. In 1981, Professor Soares completed his Ph.D. degree in Reproductive Biology at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. From 1981 to 1983, he received postdoctoral training in molecular endocrinology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Additional postdoctoral training in cell and developmental biology was obtained at Baylor College of Medicine. A National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported Professor Soares' postdoctoral training. In 1984, Professor Soares was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He progressed through the academic ranks and in 1993 was promoted to the position of Professor of Physiology. In 2002, Professor Soares was appointed Director of the Institute of Maternal-Fetal Biology. In 2004, Professor Soares moved to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. In 2010, Professor Soares was appointed Director of the Institute for Reproductive Health and Regenerative Medicine.

Professor Soares is internationally recognized for his novel and innovative scientific achievements in the field of developmental and regenerative biology. His laboratory is actively investigating mechanisms underlying the control of cell differentiation during hemochorial placentation.

For the past 25 years, Professor Soares' research has been continuously supported by the NIH and has resulted in the publication of 187 peer-reviewed reports, eighteen chapters in books, and three books. Professor Soares has served as a member of editorial boards and NIH advisory panels. He has been recognized for his research on trophoblast cell development by the University of Kansas School of Medicine with a Faculty Research Award in 1989, by the University of Tokyo with a Distinguished Visiting Scientist Award in 1994, by the European Placental Group with the Adriana and Luisa Castellucci Award Lecture in 1995, with a lecture at the Presidential Symposium during the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction in 1997, the University of Kansas Chancellor's Club Research Award in 2001 and Higuchi Research Achievement Award in 2004. Professor Soares was appointed as a University Distinguished Professor of the University of Kansas in 2007.

Professor Soares has also directly supervised the training of thirty-one postdoctoral fellows and ten graduate students, served as Director of an NIH-sponsored training program in Reproductive Biology (1996-2000), and as Program Director of an NIH supported BIRCWH K12 Faculty Development Program in women’s health research (2005-2010).

Warren B. Nothnick, Ph.D., H.C.L.D.
Director, Center for Reproductive Sciences

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Warren B. Nothnick, PhD, HCLD is a Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. Dr. Nothnick received his undergraduate training at the Ohio State University where he received a B.S. degree in Animal Science in 1987 and a M.S degree in Dairy Science/Reproductive Physiology in 1989. In 1993, Dr. Nothnick completed his doctoral degree in Physiology from the University of Kentucky followed by post-doctoral studies at the University of Kentucky in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. During his post-doctoral studies, Dr. Nothnick received both basic research and clinical training, achieving board certification in clinical andrology and embryology. In 1997, Dr. Nothnick was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2003 and full Professor in 2012 which coincided with his movement to the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at KUMC. In 2013, he was appointed as the Scientific Advisor for the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) at KUMC, and in 2017, he was appointed Vice Chair of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology.

Dr. Nothnick is internationally recognized for his work in the field endometrial physiology and pathophysiology. His laboratory is actively investigating the pathophysiology of the female disease endometriosis with emphasis on the identification of novel diagnostic and therapeutic targets. His expertise in this area of research was recognized by his appointment as an ambassador to the World Endometriosis Society in 2012.

For the past 17 years, Dr. Nothnick's research has been continuously supported by the NIH. Dr. Nothnick has served on NIH Study Sections, served as an external reviewer for funding agencies in Australia, Israel, Belgium and Austria as well as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals. He has been honored for his research by the University of Kansas Medical Center receiving the Kansas - Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (K-BRIN) Faculty Scholar Award (2004) and the University of Kansas Medical Center Faculty Investigator Research Award (2013).

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