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Woodruff Named Watkins Memorial Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology

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November 21, 2006 | by Megan Fellman

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Teresa K. Woodruff, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and of endocrinology at the Feinberg School of Medicine and professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed the Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Woodruff's career has included a strong focus on ovarian biology, interdisciplinary approaches to problems in reproductive science and the translation of her work to humans. Her research addresses methods to preserve fertility for young women and girls with a cancer diagnosis and the role of two peptide hormones, inhibin and activin, in regulating the reproductive axis.

Woodruff, who joined Northwestern in 1995, has been appointed director of the Feinberg School's newly created Institute for Women's Health Research and is chief of the newly established Division of Fertility Preservation. She also is associate director for basic sciences in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and director of the Center for Reproductive Research.

She has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and 50 reviews, book chapters or editorials. Woodruff is an editor of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology and an editorial board member of Endocrine Reviews and Journal of Reproduction. Woodruff has received the Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award from the Endocrine Society and the Distinguished Teaching Award from Northwestern.

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