The American Society for 

Reproductive Immunology


Come to Santa Fe early and participate in a special one-day workshop for young investigators on Cutting Edge Technologies in Reproductive Immunology.

The American Society for Reproductive Immunology (ASRI) was founded to foster the field of Reproductive Immunology so both basic researchers and clinicians can better understand the immune-based etiologies underlying reproductive anomalies. Recent revolutionary advances in technical know-how now make it possible to not only investigate the issues in animals but to transport this knowledge from bench to bedside. The objective of the symposium is to provide to new investigators and trainees cutting edge exposure to new techniques for the study of immune cells and organs from the reproductive tract. This workshop will provide "hands on" opportunity and/or technical demonstrations of new technologies with direct application for reproductive immunology to better understand the connections of these technologies to clinical studies and potential clinical application.

workshop agenda - sunday, may 16, 2021

8:00 - 9:00

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration

8:00 - 8:10

Introduction & Overview Gil Mor, MD PhD & Charles Wira, PhD

8:10 - 8:50

Session 1. Cellular Insights with Live-Cell Imaging

Moderators: Gil Mor, MD PhD / Charles Wira, PhD

8:10 Epithelial and immune cell responses to trauma, cell killing, pathogens and antimicrobialsMarta Rodriguez-Garcia, PhD

ZIKA cell killing of cells from the reproductive tract - Gil Mor, MD PhD, Wayne State University

8:50 - 9:30 Session 2. High Resolution Ultrasound Imaging

Moderators: Irina Burd, MD, PhD & Surendra Sharma, MD, PhD 


High resolution ultrasound imaging of fetal-cardiovascular development - Surendra Sharma, MD, PhD, Women and Infants Hospital


High resolution ultrasound imaging of the placenta - Irina Burd, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

9:30 - 10:00

Coffee Break

10:00 - 10:40

Session 3. Single Cell Sequencing

Moderator: David Aronoff, MD


Integration of disparate single cell data in decidual immunology - Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin


Single Cell RNA Sequencing to Study Early Embryo Development and How this Technique Can be Used to Study Reproductive Immunology - Douglas Ruden, PhD, Wayne State University

10:40 - 11:20

Session 4. Exosomal Isolation and Analysis

Moderators: Ramkumar Menon, PhD & Florian Hladik, MD, PhD


Role of exosomes in semen on sexual pathogen transmission and immunity - Florian Hladik, MD, PhD, University of Washington


Exosomal communication between fetal membranes and the cervix - Ramkumar Menon, PhD, UTMB

11:20 - 12:15 

Session 5. Microbiome Analysis

Moderators: Mary Brown, PhD & Indira Mysorekar, PhD


Role of the microbiome in reproductive outcomes - Indira Mysorekar, PhD, Washington University St. Louis


Impact of vaginal microbiome on HIV susceptibility, inflammation, and antiretroviral therapy- Adam Burgener, PhD, Univ. Manitoba

12:15 - 1:30 


Gil Mor, Surendra Sharma, Chuck Wira, Mary Brown, Irina Burd, Florian Hladik, Mickey Patel, Marta Rodriguez-Garcia, David Aronoff, Ramkumar Menon, Indira Mysorekar, Adam Bergener

1:30 - 4:30  Session 6. New Methods and Technology Workshop Demonstrations

Hands-on activity with the most advanced methodology for the study of immune cells.  

Participants will be divided into small groups (15-20) and rotate at 30-min. intervals between demonstration sites.


Workshop Sponsors

Sponsor Demonstrations

  1. Live cell imaging is used to demonstrate new approaches for live cell imaging with regular light as well as fluorescence. Live-cell imaging and analysis can provide critical, temporal information about cellular events and downstream effects. You stand to gain a more complete understanding of cellular responses when observing kinetic insights from living, unperturbed cells and combining this with multiomic analysis.
  2. Microbiome Analysis reveals metabolic functions that are enriched or underrepresented in the human reproductive tract microbiome. Microbiomes are known to vary between mucosal sites and can provide information on ensuing diseases. Understanding the microbiome creates the opportunity for correcting pathological conditions by modifying the immunological environment.
  3. Exosomes and other EVs are present in tissues and can also be found in biological fluids including blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid. They are also released in vitro by cultured cells into their growth medium. As the carriers of messages from one cell to another, there cargo includes mRNA, microRNAs and proteins. This are increasingly important under normal and pathological conditions
  4. Single Cell Sequencing was developed to help advance precision medicine by enabling the accelerated and accessible detection of genomic variability within and across cell populations. Complex diseases evolve, so understanding genetic variability, including transcriptional modifications at the single-cell level, is vitally important for clinical researchers to break the cycle of treatment response, resistance and relapse.
  5. High Resolution Ultrasound Imaging. Use in Obstetrics is a safe, noninvasive procedure that uses sound waves to create images of the fetus, placenta and amniotic fluid in animal models and humans. These images can be viewed in real time on a computer monitor by patient and doctor. Of particular importance is the opportunity of providing longitudinal development of the fetus, placenta, and other organs.

Become a Workshop Sponsor

As a workshop sponsor, you will have the opportunity of giving small group presentations and/or demonstrations of your equipment to the more than 100 participants in small group rotations (15-20 individuals each) .

In addition to the workshop, if you choose to stay for the entire meeting, you will have the opportunity to interact with 250-300 attendees over the course of our 3-day meeting annual meeting.

To discuss becoming a sponsor, please contact Dr. Mary Brown.

Workshop Sponsor $2500

VIP Workshop Sponsor $3500

Workshop Registration (1 day)



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Welcome Reception ticket



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(3 days)



Awards Dinner at the New Mexico History Museum



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