Faculty

Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D.

Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D.

Expertise

Gamete and Embryo Biology, Mitochondrial Genetics 

Special focus on Germline Gene Therapy

Education

PhD in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology. Research Center for Medical Genetics, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia, 1994. 

Master of Science. Major: Biology of Reproduction from Timiriasev Academy, Moscow, Russia, 1987

Biography

Shoukhrat Mitalipov is a Director of the OHSU Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy. He is also a Senior Scientist in the Division of Reproductive & Developmental Sciences of Oregon National Primate Research Center. After receiving PhD degree, he came to Utah State University in 1995 to conduct his postdoctoral training in reprogramming to totipotency by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Dr. Mitalipov moved to OHSU in 1998.

Hong Ma, M.D., Ph.D.

Hong Ma, M.D., Ph.D.

Expertise

Embryo and Stem Cell Biology, Mitochondrial Genetics, Molecular Biology

Special focus on Gene and Cell Therapy

Education

M.D. Xi'An Medical University, 1983

Ph.D. Kyoto University, 1995

Biography

Dr. Ma received her M.D. degree from Xi'An Medical University in 1983 and her Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Kyoto University in 1995. Dr. Ma then conducted her postdoctoral training in integrative biosciences at OHSU in 1998. Dr. Ma joined Dr. Mitalipov lab in 2008 as a senior research associate and lab manager. In 2014, Dr. Ma was promoted to Staff Scientist at the Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy. Her research interests include mitochondrial gene replacement and stem cell therapies for mitochondrial diseases.

Paula Amato, M.D.

Paula Amato, M.D.

Expertise

Fertility, OB/GYN

Special focus on Infertility, PCOS, Menopause, Third Party Reproduction, LGBT Family Building and Transgender Care 

Education

M.D. University of Toronto, 1989

  • Residency:

Obstetrics and gynecology, University of Toronto, Canada, 1994

  • Fellowship:

Reproductive endocrinology and infertility, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 1997

  • Certification:

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Fellow, 1994 American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Diplomate, 1998

American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, Diplomate, 2000

Biography

Dr. Amato specializes in the science of caring for patients with infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, and menopausal issues. Her research interests include stem cells, metabolic-endocrine interactions, and environmental impacts on reproductive health. Dr. Amato finds her work intellectually stimulating and highly rewarding. The science of reproduction and connecting with individuals and families are what inspired her to pursue a career in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Amato loves the Pacific Northwest and says that OHSU is a great fit for her. In addition to outdoor sports, reading, independent music and film, and ethnic food, Dr. Amato enjoys spending time with her partner and their two dogs.

David E. Battaglia, Ph.D., H.C.L.D.

David E. Battaglia, Ph.D., H.C.L.D.

Expertise

Fertility, OB/GYN

Special focus on Reproductive Endocrinology, Fertility 

Education

B.S. Zoology, Oregon State University, 1977 M.S. Reproductive Biology, University of Hawaii, 1978 Ph.D. Biological Structure, University of Washington, 1986

  • Fellowship:

Postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry, University of Washington, 1990

  • Certification:

American Board of Bioanalysis, 1999-present

Biography

Dr. Battaglia has a special interest in infertility and assisted reproductive technologies. His research focuses on oocyte cryopreservation and maternal aging. Dr. Battaglia chose his specialty so that he could better apply his scientific and research skills in a clinical setting. He receives immediate gratification when treatments succeed and help patients realize their dream of starting a family.

Born and raised in Portland, Dr. Battaglia returned to Portland to work at OHSU in 2001. He is pleased to be back in his hometown and in his spare time he enjoys photography, woodworking and fly fishing.

Jeffrey T. Jensen, M.D., M.P.H.

Jeffrey T. Jensen, M.D., M.P.H.

Expertise

OB/GYN

Special focus on Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Planning, Alternatives to Hysterectomy, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Vulvar Health, OB/GYN Research

Education

M.D. Emory University, 1980 M.P.H. University of Washington, 1997

  • Residency:

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health &Science University, 1988

  • Certification:

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Biography

Dr. Jensen specializes in obstetrics and gynecology and has a special interest in contraception, menopause and vulvar disease. Currently, his research focuses on contraception. Dr. Jensen believes that knowledge is the key to cure.

A Northwest native, Dr. Jensen completed medical school in Atlanta, did his internship in California and returned to Portland for a residency at OHSU. Before accepting a faculty position at OHSU in 1992, Dr. Jensen served in the medical corps of the United States Navy. In his leisure time, Dr. Jensen enjoys birding, running, camping, biking and hiking with his family.

PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH PHILOSOPHY

"I believe in helping patients experience pregnancies that are wanted and planned."

Don Conrad, PhD

Don Conrad

Expertise

Human genetics, infertility, genome biology of germ cells, single-cell genomics, biostatistics
Special focus on male reproduction

Education

  • A.B., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Dartmouth College, 1999
  • M.Sc., Epidemiology, Stanford School of Medicine, 2000
  • Ph.D., Human Genetics, The University of Chicago, 2007
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK, 2007-2010

Biography

Don Conrad, Ph.D. is the chief of the Division of Genetics at the Primate Center. He is a broadly trained human geneticist with over 15 years of experience in developing statistical and experimental methods for genome analysis. He obtained a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Chicago and then did his post-doctoral training at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK. Before joining OHSU, Dr. Conrad was faculty at Washington University in St. Louis where he ran his own research group in the Department of Genetics.

A major emphasis of his current research includes defining the origins of mutation and the distribution of mutation frequencies that impact gametogenesis, fertilization, and pregnancy. He has a specific interest in testis biology and has done work on a) developing methods for multiplex in vivo functional characterization of genes in testicular germ cells using shRNA and CRISPR b) purifying testicular cell populations c) mapping functional elements of germ cells genomes d) characterizing testis pathology using single cell RNA sequencing e) investigating the role of the immune system in regulation of spermatogenesis.

Shawn L. Chavez, Ph.D.

Shawn L. Chavez, Ph.D.

Expertise

Embryo culture and manipulation, real-time imaging of early embryogenesis, and single-cell chromosomal and gene expression profiling.

Special focus on the origins of whole chromosomal abnormalities (aneuploidy) during pre-implantation development.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Yale University, 2006
  • M.S./M. Phil in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Yale University, 2003
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997

Biography

Dr. Chavez is an Assistant Scientist in the Division of Reproductive &Developmental Sciences and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics &Gynecology and Physiology &Pharmacology at the Oregon Health &Science University School (OHSU) of Medicine. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University before joining the faculty at OHSU in 2013. In her spare time, Dr. Chavez enjoys running, hiking, gardening and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family.

Jing Xu, Ph.D.

Jing Xu, Ph.D.

Expertise

Ovarian biology and physiology, endocrine and paracrine signaling in female reproduction, three-dimensional follicle culture

Special focus on mechanisms and regulation of ovarian follicular development and oocyte maturation, ovarian dysfunction and female fertility preservation

Education

Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oregon Health &Science University, 2006

M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oregon Health &Science University, 2003

Biography

Jing Xu is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, and the Division of Reproductive &Developmental Sciences, Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), Oregon Health &Science University (OHSU). She obtained her postdoctoral training in neuroscience and reproductive science. She was appointed as a BIRCWH (NIH/ORWH and NICHD Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health) Scholar at ONPRC, and became a faculty member at OHSU in 2012.