Michael J. Soares, PhD
Professor Michael J. Soares serves as Director of the Institute for Reproduction and Perinatal Research (IRPR). Professor Soares received his undergraduate training at California State University, Chico where he received a BA degree in Psychology in 1976. In 1981, Professor Soares completed his PhD 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, now the Institute for Reproduction and Perinatal Research.
Warren B. Nothnick, PhD, HCLD
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).
|Soumen Paul, PhD
Director, Center for Perinatal Research
Dr. Soumen Paul is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Paul completed his PhD degree in Molecular Biology & Genetics under the supervision of Prof. Chanchal DasGupta from the University of Calcutta, India. Afterwards, he joined as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics of University of Kalyani, India. In Kalyani, he taught Immunology and Molecular Biology courses to M.Sc. students. He became interested in hematopoietic and vascular development and in December 2002, he joined Dr. Emery Bresnick's group at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Dr. Paul's postdoctoral research was focused on understanding the role of GATA factors during erythroid development. In 2007, he joined the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and he is also a member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Dr. Paul's current research program focuses on investigating transcriptional regulation in the developing embryo and the maintenance of stem cell pluripotency. He has numerous publications in high impact journals and is recognized for his contributions to his field, receiving many national and international invitations to present his findings. His research has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health and his expertise has also been acknowledged through an appointment to the National Institutes of Health Scientific Advisory Panel on Pregnancy and Neonatology. In 2012, he was awarded the Faculty Research Investigator Award for excellence in research from KUMC.
In addition to his research activities, Dr. Paul has been very active in the educational mission of the University and the Department. He has mentored over 20 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and he has developed and directed courses on signal transduction, epigenetics, and grant writing. Since 2010 he has also served as the department's Director of Graduate Studies, guiding the program's decisions on admissions and advising all graduate students.