Morsani College of Medicine

Research Experience

 All fellows are required to spend 18 months gaining practical experience with clinical and translational research methodology. The objective of this experience is to lay the groundwork necessary for future academic productivity and success. Each fellow assumes responsibility for a focused investigation executed under the direct supervision of an experienced mentor.Typically, incoming fellows elect to work with program faculty with laboratory-based research programs. During their orientation, fellows will spend a week in each of the following research mentor’s labs, to help in deciding which lab to conduct their research in.

Research opportunities are available across a wide spectrum. Additional options can also be considered depending on trainees’ specific interests and/or experience. Incoming fellows will perform research during their entire first year and will meet with program leadership early in their training to discuss available options, so that a plan for their research time will be finalized within the first month of fellowship.

It is anticipated that each fellow will have completed at least a rough draft of a manuscript suitable for subsequent use as their thesis by the conclusion of the first year. To support this goal, clinical and call responsibilities are kept to a minimum.  Academic progress will be monitored during the monthly department research meetings.

The department is very academically productive, and you are encouraged to present your research at both national and international conferences. Please see below for our recent conference presentations and publications.

Conference Presentations 

Oral presentation: “Improving the REI Fellowship interview experience: a survey”

  • Erika P New, Papri Sarkar, Rubin Alvero, & Anthony Imudia

Poster presentation: “Propranolol inhibits catecholestrogen-induced human endometrial stromal cell survival mediated by p38 MAPK signaling: potential therapy for endometriosis”

  • Rachel G Sprague, Joung W Kim, Asli Ozmen, Xiaofeng Guo, Anthony N Imudia, Charles J Lockwood, Ronald R Magness, Umit A Kayisli

Poster Presentation: “α1D-adrenergic receptor expression in human endometrial stromal cells contributes to catecholestradiol-induced cell survival: implications for endometriosis”

  • Rachel G Sprague, Joung W Kim, Esma Kirimlioglu Konuk, Anthony N Imudia, Charles J Lockwood, Ronald R Magness, Umit A Kayisli

Poster presentation: “GATA binding protein 2 expression at implantation window diminishes in women with adenomyosis: implications for impaired endometrial receptivity”

  • Joung W Kim, Chih-Feng Yen, Rachel G Sprague, Asli Ozmen, Nihan Semerci, Charles J Lockwood, Anthony N Imudia, Umit A Kayisli

Poster Presentation: “Beta-2 Adrenergic Receptor Expression in Human Endometrial Stromal Cells Potentially Mediates Catecholestradiol-Induced Proliferation: Implications for Endometriosis.”

  • Rachel G Sprague, Joung W Kim, Esma Kirimlioglu Konuk, Ronald R Magness, Anthony N Imudia, Charles J Lockwood,Umit A Kayisli.

Poster Presentation: “Synergistic Upregulation of IP-10 and ITAC Expressions by LPS + IFN-gamma in Human First Trimester Decidual Cells May Presage Preeclampsia. “

  • Bradley H. Sipe, Rachel G. Sprague, Ozlem Guzeloglu-Kayisli, Lynn Buchwalder, Frederick Schatz, Umit A Kayisli, Charles J Lockwood.

PCRS Scholarship Recipient

Awarded the Excellence in Training Award for:

Poster Presentation: “Beta-2-Adrenergic Receptor Expression in Human Endometrial Endothelial Cells Potentially Mediates 2-Hydroxyestradiol-induced Microvascular Stabilization: Implications for Endometriotic Angiogenesis.

  • Rachel G Sprague, Nihan Semerci, Esma Kirimlioglu-Konuk, Anthony N. Imudia, Umit A. Kayisli

Poster Presentation: “Increased FK506-Binding Protein (FKBP51) expression may contribute to dysregulation of steroid receptor signaling in uterine fibroids” 

  • Erika P New, Joung W Kim , Asli Ozmen A, Xiaofeng Guo, Ozlem Guzeloglu-Kayisli, Anthony N Imudia, Charles J Lockwood, Umit A Kayisli.

PCRS Scholarship Recipient

Poster Presentation: “Comparative analysis of FK506-Binding Protein (FKBP51) and 52 (FKBP52) in uterine fibroids compared to normal myometrium”

  • Erika P New, Joung W Kim , Asli Ozmen A, Xiaofeng Guo, Ozlem Guzeloglu-Kayisli, Anthony N Imudia, Charles J Lockwood, Umit A Kayisli.


  • New EP, Sarkar P, Alvero RJ, Imudia AN. Virtual fellowship interviews during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Fertility and Sterility Dialog on COVID-19 March 30, 2020. Available here
  • Imudia AI & New EP. Endometrial polyps in-office management: practical tips on what to look for to spot these common growths on ultrasound and how to remove them. Contemporary OB/GYN April 2019; 64 (4): 18-22.
  • Grimstad FW, Fowler KG, New EP, et al. Uterine pathology in transmasculine persons on testosterone: a retrospective multicenter case series. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2019 Mar; 220(3):257.e1-257.e7. PMID: 30579875
  • Imudia, AN and Sprague, RG. Adenomyosis and its impact on fertility. Contemporary OB/GYN. 2018; 64(11): 28-31
  • New EP, Mallen AR, Mancuso AC, Van Voorhis BJ. Adnexal torsion in a patient with Müllerian agenesis undergoing ovarian stimulation: a case report. Proc Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Sep 12; 8(2):Article 3 [6 p.] DOI 10.17077/2154-4751.1392
  • Niederberger C, Pellicer A, Cohen J, Gardner D, Palermo GD, O’Neill CL, Chow S, Rosenwaks Z, Cobo A, Swain JE, Schoolcraft WB, Frydman R, Bishop L, Aharon D, Gordon C, New E, Decherney A et al.  Forty years of IVF. Fertility and Sterility, volume 110, Issue 2, 15-324e5. July 15, 2018. PMID: 30053940
  • New, EP, Sarkar, P, Sappenfield, E, Mikhail, E, Plosker, S, & Imudia, AN.  “Comparison of patients’ reported pain following office hysteroscopy with and without endometrial