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Student Q&A: Ariel Dotts, Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences

Ariel Dotts

Ariel Dotts, a fifth-year student in the Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences (DGP), studies the role of progesterone and estrogen in initiating labor in the laboratory of Serdar Bulun, MD, chair and the John J. Sciarra Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and interim chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine.

Read a Q&A with Dotts below.

Where is your hometown?

I'm from the South! My hometown is Charlotte, North Carolina.

What are your research interests?

My research interest is women's reproductive health. Specifically, I’m interested in bridging gaps in health disparities for women’s reproductive health.

What exciting projects are you working on?

I am currently investigating the role of Progesterone and Estrogen receptors in the initiation of human labor to understand the processes that take place for the labor cascade. Hopefully this will lead to better therapeutics to prevent preterm labor.

What attracted you to your program?

As a young graduate student, I wasn't quite sure what field I was most interested in studying. The DGP allowed me to rotate through labs in different departments, broadening my experience and elucidating the field that piqued my interests!

What has been your best experience at Feinberg?

Research Day has been an exciting experience. To see the vast array of research performed at Feinberg was amazing and sharing my own research with others in different fields was a great training opportunity for me as a student.

How would you describe the faculty at Feinberg?

From pharmacology courses to the introduction of clinical trials, the faculty are knowledgeable in their fields and really aim to help students master the topics themselves.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I love having Disney sing-a-longs with my three-year old daughter!

What are your plans for after graduation?

After graduation I plan to embark on a career that allows me to bridge health disparity gaps in women's reproductive health, whether that be a post-doctoral fellowship at an academic institution or a position in the public sector.