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Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine

The Mission of the RSM Division is to grow and sustain a highly productive and well-funded research milieu where faculty discover, collaborate, thrive, train and mentor the next generation of reproductive scientists, while pushing the field forward. 

Core Values

  • Innovation: We foster creativity and discovery through cutting-edge research in reproductive science.
  • Excellence: We strive to achieve the highest levels of performance in reproductive science research.
  • Collaboration: We embrace working together and sharing knowledge and expertise.
  • Team Science: We achieve the highest impact through partnership and convergent ideas.
  • Impact: Our research is paradigm shifting and leads to new treatments for patients with disorder of the reproductive tract.
  • Mentorship: We prioritize training and education of the next generation of reproductive scientists.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: We value diversity and promote equity and inclusion in research, education and life.
  • Translation From Bench to Bedside and From Bedside to Bench: Our science improves the health of patients with disorders of the productive tract.

About Our Work


Research goals of faculty in the RSM Division include:

  • Understanding the pathogenesis of uterine leiomyomas and developing non-surgical treatments for the disease.
  • Discovering mechanisms of resistance to chemotherapy in ovarian cancer and new pathways regulating cancer stem cells.
  • Elucidating epigenetic regulators in endometriosis.
  • Studying the biological underpinnings of health disparities in leiomyomas, ovarian, and endometrial cancer.
  • Understanding the effects of nuclear hormones in reproductive biology and in endometrial cancer.
  • Developing new fertility preservation treatments and understanding how aging affects ovarian function.


The Master of Science in Reproductive Science & Medicine (MS-RSM)

The Master of Science in Reproductive Science & Medicine (MS-RSM) is a full-time, terminal Master of Science degree focusing on human reproductive biology and medicine. The program offers reproductive science coursework, including a hands-on laboratory course, as well as professional development. The program also includes mentored research with Northwestern University faculty. Students will also be part of a vibrant community of reproductive scientists through the Center for Reproductive Science.

Predoctoral Training Program in Reproductive Science, Medicine, and Technology (T32)

The mission of our CRS Training Program is to train future researchers, educators, and thought leaders in the reproductive sciences, while simultaneously improving human health.

Continual Professional Development

The key to building awareness and improved care outcomes lies in educating clinicians and scientists in a number of fields. The division conducts Oncofertility Virtual Grand Rounds and a multidisciplinary conference bringing together leaders in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, urology, hematology/oncology, pediatrics and surgical oncology, as well as scientists, psychologists and ethicists. Continuing Medical Education courses are frequently offered in-person and online for oncology physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers.

Patient Care

In most cases, decisions on fertility preservation need to be made before treatment begins. Reproductive specialists and social workers are working with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University physicians to assist patients explore the issues surrounding fertility preservation. Your treatment team can help you understand the options available, assess risks and eligibility and provide referrals to individuals who are experts in this field.

Learn more about fertility preservation patient services via the Patient Care page.

Meet Our Team



Daniela E. Matei, MD
Chief of Reproductive Science in Medicine

Open Positions

Interested in working with us? Open positions within the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine are listed below.


Want to support Northwestern's Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine? Please visit the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Giving Page to learn about the multiple giving options and opportunities available. 

By investing in our talented physicians, scientists, medical students, and trainees, you are supporting the people who ultimately make a difference in the lives of patients and families here in Chicago and across the globe. Donors to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are our vital partners, making much of the work we do possible, from conducting groundbreaking research to educating the next generation of leaders in medicine.