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Robin Skory

Robin Skory is a graduate student in the MD/PhD program at Northwestern. She graduated from Boston College where she received a B.S. in Biochemistry. Before entering medical school, she worked with high risk breast and ovarian cancer patients at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and ultimately hopes to combine her clinical and research work to improve the lives of those facing and surviving cancer. She is currently interested in studying luteinization and improving in vitro ovarian follicle culture.
  1. Robin Skory Introduction
  2. What do you like to do outside of the lab?
  3. What is the best part of working in the lab?
  4. How did you decide to become a scientist?
  5. What is an ELISA?
  6. How does an ELISA work?
  7. How do I analyze the results of my ELISA?
  8. Why is an ELISA useful?
  9. What is a gene?
  10. How can we look at differences in human DNA?
  11. How is DNA similar among all humans?
  12. Is human DNA similar to other species?
  13. How was PCR developed?
  14. What are the steps of PCR?
  15. What does it mean to 'amplify' a DNA segment?
  16. What is a primer?
  17. What are applications of PCR in science?
  18. What if I make a mistake during my PCR?
  19. How does electrophoresis work?
  20. Why is a DNA ladder important?
  21. How do the bands move on a gel?
  22. How can I see the bands on the gel?
  23. Is each band a gene?
  24. What is DNA?

Dr. Teresa Woodruff

Teresa Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Woodruff is a reproductive endocrinologist who has focused her research career on female reproductive health and infertility. She is the Chief of the Division of Fertility Preservation at the Feinberg School of Medicine. As the director of the Oncofertility Consortium, Dr. Woodruff collaborates with a team of oncologists, fertility specialists, social scientist, educators, and policy makers in her work. Dr. Woodruff also serves as an advocate for gender inclusivity in basic science research and is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Women’s Health Research. She is an educator and mentor in her field, developing the Women’s Health Science Program at Northwestern.
  1. How did you know that you wanted to be a scientist?
  2. How did you become a research scientist?
  3. What does it mean to be a director of a lab?
  4. Teresa Woodruff Introduction
  5. Teachers - Intro to NUBIO
  6. What will students get out of doing NUBIO labs?
  7. What will we study in this curriculum?
  8. What is meant by the 'bench to bedside approach'?
  9. What are the fertility preservation options for a women facing cancer treatment?
  10. What are the fertility preservation options for a man facing cancer treatment?
  11. What does it mean when a procedure is 'experimental'?
  12. What is the NUBIO curriculum?
  13. What is oncofertility?

Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith is a Patient Navigator with the Oncofertility Consortium. Kristin studied at Indiana University. Kristin meets with patients and their families after a cancer diagnosis in order to discuss fertility preservation options. She then serves as a resource and liaison for the patients and the clinicians in helping to coordinate fertility preservation into the patients’ care and treatment.
  1. Kristin Smith Introduction
  2. What is a patient navigator?
  3. Do other hospitals have patient navigators?
  4. What lead you to this job?
  5. What do you enjoy about your job?
  6. What is the most challenging thing about your job?
  7. What are the effects of cancer treatment for women, related to reproductive health?
  8. What are the fertility preservation options for pre-pubertal girls?
  9. What are the fertility preservation options for post-pubertal women?
  10. With whom else does a patient navigator collaborate?
  11. What are some self-care strategies for healthcare providers?
  12. How does the patient navigator help patients weigh risks and benefits of different options?
  13. How do patients understand which options are still experimental?
  14. Are experimental procedures more risky?
  15. What are the rights and responsibilities of the parents of the patients?
  16. What is the difference between consent and assent?
  17. What would be your response to patient #1, Grace?
  18. What would be your response to patient #2, Boyd?
  19. How would you balance Boyd's wishes with that of his parents?
  20. Boyd has mixed emotions about talking to you. How would you approach this conversation?
  21. What are the effects of cancer treatment for men, related to reproductive health?
  22. What are the fertility preservation options for males?
  23. How can I offer support to someone who has cancer?
  24. Where can I go if I want more information about fertility preservation?
  25. Some of these symptoms describe how I feel. Could I have cancer?
  26. How does informed consent apply in oncofertility to both minors and adults?