The American Society for 

Reproductive Immunology

President (2016-2018)

Nazeeh Hanna, MD
Winthrop University Hospital

State University of New York at Stony Brook

Dr. Hanna is a Professor of Pediatrics, State University of New York at Stony Brook and the Chief of Neonatology at Winthrop University Hospital since 2007. Dr. Hanna received his Neonatal fellowship training at Brown University. His research track is focused in the area of immune tolerance in human placenta and the potential impact of maternal exposure to environmental toxicants on preterm births. Dr. Hanna research interests were funded by several national agencies including NIH, NICHD, American Lung Association, March of Dimes and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. He is currently the director of Women and Children Research Center at Winthrop University Hospital.  

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Vice President (2016-2018)

Atsushi Fukui, MD, PhD

Hyogo College of Medicine, Japan

Dr. Fukui is a lecturer / associate professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hyogo College of Medicine, Japan. He received his M.D. degree in 1995 and his Ph.D. degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1999 from Hirosaki University, Japan. He then finished a postdoctoral fellowship in Reproductive Immunology under Professor Kenneth Beaman and Professor Joanne Kwak-Kim at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, USA. His main research interests are in the areas of reproductive immunology, especially reproductive failure such as RPL, implantation failures, PIH, GDM and pelvic endometriosis. His efforts have been focusing on bridging the gap between basic and clinical research.  More about Dr. Fukui

Treasurer (2017-2020)

Karen Racicot, PhD

Michigan State University 

Dr. Racicot received a BS from the University of Florida and a PhD from The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Animal Science with a focus on Reproductive Biology and Immunology. Afterwards, she completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale School of Medicine, primarily working with murine models of polymicrobial infections during pregnancy in laboratory of Dr. Gil Mor. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology within the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. Her research program has two major themes: Understanding how the placenta responds to environmental factors and how this response affects fetal immune development. Understanding how viral infection of the cervix affects cervical competency and pregnancy outcomes.  More about Dr. Racicot

Secretary (2017-2020)

Chandrakant Tayade, DVM, PhD

Queen’s University

Dr. Tayade’s research interests lie in interlinking mucosal, innate and adoptive immune responses to provide improved understanding of the pathophysiology of endometriosis. His long-term goal is to explore therapeutic manipulation of uterine immune cells in the context of angiogenesis during pregnancy or in pathological conditions such as endometriosis. More about Dr. Tayade

President-Elect (2018-2020)

Gil Mor, MD, PhD

Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Gil Mor is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Yale University School of Medicine. In his research he examines topics related to the immunology of pregnancy and the role of inflammation in cancer formation and progression. At the present time he is the Division Director of the Reproductive Science Division at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He directs the Reproductive Immunology Unit and the Translational Research Program “Discovery To Cure” at Yale University.  Dr. Mor has been the Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology since September 2009. Dr. Mor is funded by grants from National Institute of Child Health Development (NICHD), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and  as well as several pharmaceutical companies and is widely published in the area of immunology and reproduction with more than 250 publications and is the editor of a three books on “Immunology of pregnancy” and “Apoptosis and Cancer”.   Dr. Mor is recipient of several national and international prizes, including the J. Christian Herr Award- and the AJRI Award from the Society for Reproductive Immunology.  Dr. Mor is member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, American Association of Immunologist and the American Society of Reproductive Immunology. He is also Honorary member of several scientific societies in Asia, South America and Europe.  More about Dr. Mor

Past President (2014-2016)

Kenneth Beaman, PhD

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Dr. Kenneth Beaman received his bachelor’s degree in 1975 from Colorado State University. He was a fellow in the Clinical Microbiology Lab at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation from 1975 to 1978. He received his PhD in microbiology and immunology from Ohio State University in 1982. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pathology at Yale from 1982 to 1985. During his fellowship at Yale University, he was a member of the transplantation laboratory.  Dr. Beaman’s research interests are in clinical immunology and in immune suppression, particularly during pregnancy. In 1985, he joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Chicago Medical School. He founded the Clinical Immunology Laboratory at CMS in 1987. This laboratory supports a variety of autoimmune/rheumatology testing; its primary focus is diagnostic tests pertaining to the immunology of pregnancy. The Clinical Immunology Laboratory is one of three laboratories in the United States certified by the Committee on Postdoctoral Educational Program (CPEP) to educate postdoctoral students who are eligible for the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology.  Dr. Beaman is a fellow of the American Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists and a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology. He is on the council of several national and international societies of both reproductive and clinical immunology.  More about Dr. Beaman

Council Members

David Aronoff, MD (2018-2021)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The overarching goal of the Aronoff lab is to improve human health through discovery, with a primary interest on maternal-child wellness. The Aronoff lab studies reproductive immunology with a focus on bacterial infections that complicate pregnancy. These infections include perinatal streptococcal infections and postpartum clostridial infections. Our major interest is revealing root molecular mechanisms whereby bacterial pathogens evade innate immunity within the female reproductive tract. We also study the impact of metabolic stressors such as obesity and diabetes on reproductive immunology and placental function. Our work with toxigenic clostridia has extended to non-reproductive tract infections, such as colitis caused by Clostridium diffficile. Members of our lab engage in a range of research approaches, from purely bench science to translational science to purely clinical research. We value interdisciplinary team science.  More about Dr. Aronoff

Irina Burd, MD, PhD (2017-2020)

Johns Hopkins University  

Dr. Burd, is an Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University.  She was recruited to the Johns Hopkins University to spearhead the development of the field of Fetal Medicine and Fetal Neurology, and is the founder and Director of the Johns Hopkins Integrated Research Center for Fetal Medicine and Director of Perinatal Research.  The trans-disciplinary approach of the Center brings together physicians, scientists and physician-scientists across the Johns Hopkins University. Monthly seminars unite faculty, fellows and graduate students of the IRCFM and provide an opportunity to interact with nationally and internationally recognized faculty from US and abroad.  Research within the Center includes work on basic science (mouse model studies), translational (biomarker discovery research) and clinical (randomized clinical studies) projects and is a perfect environment for training of scholars/fellows. Dr. Burd’s research focuses primarily on how maternal infection and inflammation affect pregnancy and fetal development. Since 2014, Dr. Burd is a member of NICHD Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine Subcommittee, and from 2016 its Chair.  More about Dr. Burd

Svetlana Dambaeva MD, PhD (2015-2018)

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Dr. Dambaeva received her M.D. from Siberian State Medical University, Tomsk, Russia and Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Immunology in Moscow. She completed her postdoctoral training in the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the Dept. of Obstetrics&Gynecology studying the primate endometrial response to placental MHC molecules. She is board certified as a Diplomate from the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology (ABMLI) and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Clinical Immunology Laboratory at the Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago, IL. In April 2017 Dr. Dambaeva was appointed as Research Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology at the RFU. More about Dr. Dambaeva

Raina Fichorova MD, PhD (2015-2018)

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Raina Fichorova received her MD and PhD in reproductive immunology from the Medical University of Sofia and completed Fellowship in Reproductive Immunology at HMS/BWH. She was appointed to the Harvard University Faculty in 1997, rising within the ranks from Instructor to a Harvard Medical School Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.  In 2002 Dr. Fichorova founded within the Department of OB/GYN the Genital Tract Biology Division, the first Research Division to be uniquely accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her laboratory has been performing basic and translational research under CAP accreditation for over a decade.  More about Dr. Fichorova

Surendra Sharma, MD, PhD (2017-2021)

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Sharma is Professor of Pediatrics at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and Deputy Director of Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for Perinatal Biology. Dr. Sharma has been involved in the Pathobiology and MCB graduate programs of Brown University. He was a member of the founding Steering Committee of Pathobiology Graduate Program and currently serves on the committee. His research interests focus on the biology of pregnancy complications with emphasis on immunobiology, predictive and diagnostic biomarkers, inflammation, and vascular pathogenesis. He has trained a number of PhD, post-doctoral and clinical fellows and has served on numerous review panels of NIH and ADA. He served as President of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology (2010-2012) and has organized several international and national conferences focusing on Reproductive Immunology.   More about Dr. Sharma

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