In Training

SRI provides an ideal forum for young investigators to present the results of their research endeavors, in both oral and poster format, to a wide audience of peers and established colleagues, it generates an environment where critical but informal feedback is fostered, where collaborative partnerships are made, and where networking and interaction flourishes.

In Training Members are a crucial part of the Society, and during the 2013 Strategic Planning Retreat, it was determined that a stronger emphasis be put on In Training Members. Currently, various ideas and plans are being discussed and implemented in order to create a Society which focuses on its younger members. Stay tuned as these plans and ideas progress!

Meet Your In Training Member Committee!

Floor Spaans, PhD
University of Alberta
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I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. I obtained my PhD degree in 2014 at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. My current focus in reproductive research is on the role of placental circulating factors on development of vascular dysfunction in preeclampsia. I would like to contribute to the ITMC by enhancing the focus on young investigators within the SRI. I would like to get young investigators involved in their society, to assist them in expanding their network, and to explore their future (scientific) career paths. I am also looking forward to getting to know my fellow early career scientists!

Jessica Hebert, PhD
Portland State University/Oregon Health & Science University

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR. I received a PhD in Biology and a Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching from Portland State University in 2018. My current research explores the impact of obesity, gestational diabetes, and fetal sex on placental trophoblast respiration, and subsequent novel treatments. I am excited to be co-chairing the ITMC because it is at the crux of my career goals: encouraging scientific careers, networking, and collaborations for our newest investigators! Outside of research, my scientific interests also include science communication to the public and making science-based music, sometimes with the internationally-touring SRI Band The Featles.


Alison S. Care, PhD
University of Adelaide

I am an NHMRC CJ Martin Research Fellow at the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide, Australia. My research investigates maternal immune regulation of vascular adaptations that occur during pregnancy, with a particular focus on uterine artery function and placental development. I also study the effects of a complicated pregnancy on the long-term cardiovascular health of offspring (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease), as well as the impact on maternal health post-partum. As a part of the ITMC, I look forward to working with SRI’s new investigators to help them get the most out of their membership.

Leena Kadam, PhD
Wayne State University School of Medicine

I obtained my PhD in Reproductive Physiology in 2017 and currently working as a post-doctoral fellow at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit. My work focuses on studying placental trophoblast development and related pathologies. SRI is a great platform to connect with fellow researchers from across the globe. As a part of the ITMC committee I look forward to working towards extending the SRI platform to new - incoming members.


Michael Strug, DO, PhD
Michigan State University/Spectrum Health

I am currently completing medical residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Spectrum Health/Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, MI. My clinical and research interests lie in understanding endometrial receptivity and uterine repair mechanisms. Particularly, I am interested in studying diseases associated with altered endometrial function, including endometriosis and recurrent pregnancy loss. In conjunction with the goals of the SRI, I aspire to further bridge interactions between the scientific and clinical communities. As a member of the SRI ITMC, I hope to guide in-training members during their pursuit of establishing themselves as investigators in the field of Reproductive Science.

Emmanuel Amabebe, PhD
University of Sheffield

Ariel Dotts
Northwestern University


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