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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies Discovery Day Speaker

2017 Keynote Speaker: Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD

Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD

Teresa K. Woodruff PhD, is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the vice chair for research (OB/GYN), and the chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She is professor of molecular biosciences at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and professor of biomedical engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. She is also the director of the Center for Reproductive Science, founder and director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, and director of the Oncofertility Consortium. She is an internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology and, in 2006, coined the term "oncofertility" to describe the merging of two fields: oncology and fertility. She now heads the Oncofertility Consortium, an interdisciplinary team of biomedical and social scientist experts from across the country.

Woodruff has been active in education not only at the professional level but also with high school students. To this end, she founded and directs the Oncofertility Saturday Academy (OSA), one of several high school outreach programs that engages girls in basic and medical sciences. President Obama awarded her the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring in an Oval Office ceremony in 2011. Widely recognized for her work, Woodruff holds 10 U.S. patents, and in 2013 she was named to Time magazine’s Most Influential Persons list.

Some of her recent awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship (2017), the Society for Endocrinology Transatlantic Medal (2017) and a Leadership Award from the Endocrine Society (2017). She has two honorary degrees, including one from the University of Birmingham College of Medical & Dental Sciences, U.K. (2016). She is civically active and is an elected member of The Economic Club of Chicago and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Woodruff served on the school board of the Chicago-based Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, served as president of the Endocrine Society and championed the new NIH policy that mandates the use of women in fundamental research.

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