Research Team

Lab Members
 Michaela Pic Michaela Reid (Lab Supervisor): Michaela received her BS in Biology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She began working at Washington University in November 2012 and joined the Moley Lab in December 2013. Michaela works directly with Theresa Okeyo-Owuor in cancer research. Email:
Anna Pic Anna Boudoures (Graduate Student): Anna received her BS in Biology from Denison University in 2012. After starting as a graduate student in the Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology Program she decided to join the Moley Lab in June of 2013 to complete her thesis work.  Email:
Andrea Pic Andrea Drury (Research Technician II): Andrea Drury joined the Moley Lab in January 2011 as a Research Technician II. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from McKendree College in May of 2003. After graduation she was hired as a Laboratory Technician at the Infertility & IVF Center at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. There, she continued her career for 7 years, eventually earning the title of Laboratory Supervisor. Drury performed lab work in Embryology, Andrology and Endocrinology until the center closed in August 2010. Email:
 Claire  Claire Stephens, PhD: Claire joined the Moley Lab in September 2015.  Her long-term research interests include understanding the interaction between metabolic homeostasis and reproductive function.  Currently, her research focuses on the metabolic and molecular mechanism(s) underlying endometrial stromal cell decidualization. She completed her doctoral training at Cornell University, where she investigate the regulation of follicle selection and lipid uptake by the oocyte. Email: 
berPraba Pic Prabagaran Esakky, PhD: Praba received his BSc in Zoology, Chemistry and Botany from Sri Paramaklyani College, Alwarkurichi, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (1992-1995). He then completed his M.Sc. in Microbiology from 1995-1997 at Paramaklyani College, Alwarkurichi, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH), ICMR, University of Mumbai in 2008. Praba was a postdoc fellow at Walter and Eliza Hall Insititute of Medical Research in Melbourne Australia from August 2008-October 2009 and then completed another postdoc at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN from October 2009-August 2010 before joining the Moley Lab in August 2010. Email:
 Wendy Pic Wendy Zhang (Senior Research Tech): Wendy received her BSc in Medical Science from Beijing University Medical School in 1983. She worked in the Morphology Core Center in the Pulmonary Department at Washington University. Wendy joined the Moley Lab in August 2012 as a Senior Technician. Email:
 IMG_0969  Maureen Schulte MD (REI Fellow): Maureen graduated from Truman State University Magna Cum Laude with a focus in Health Science & Biology. She received her medical doctorate from University of Illinois College where she was awarded the Craig Research Fellowship.She continues her training in Obstretrics & Gynecology at Washington University where she was awarded a $20,000 grant from the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology to support her research in endometrium.
Zeenat Pic Zeenat Asghar (Graduate Student): Zeenat Asghar received her BSc in Human Biology from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2001 and completed her MSc in Physiology at the University of Toronto in 2004. She started the DBBS Molecular Cell Biology program at Washington University in August 2011 and joined Dr. Moley’s Lab in July 2012 as her PhD thesis lab. E-mail:
 IMG_0911  Christina Boots MD (REI Fellow): Christina earned her B.S. in biology and chemistry from Loyola University in Chicago in 2005 and her M.D. from Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine in 2009.  She completed her residency in OB/GYN at the University of Chicago in 2013.  She is currently in her second year of fellowship in Reproductive & Infertility at the Washington University School of Medicine.  As part of her training, she is working in the Moley Lab and investigating the potential benefit of antioxidants on the effects of obesity on oocyte quality. Email:
 IMG_0914 (2)  Andrew Cusumano (Research Tech II): Andrew received his BA in Biology from DePauw University in 2014 where he also played football.  Andrew was hired as a full time technician in January 2015 after two consecutive winter breaks and summers from 2012-2013 interning in the Moley Lab. Email:
 Theresa Pic  Theresa Okeyo-Owuor, PhD:  Theresa received her BS in Biological Sciences from Prairie View A&M University in 2007 and her PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology at Washington University St. Louis in 2013.  Her research interests are on obesity and the female reproductive system. Email: 
 Kim Pic Kim Leshe (Administrative Assistant): Kim joined the Department of OB/GYN in August 2011. She provides administrative assistance to Dr. Kelle Moley. She coordinates the annual Dr. Jacob Probstein lecture. She is the Program Coordinator for the ABOG Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility Fellowship Program.  Email: