SSR Virtual

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All virtual events are free for SSR Members.  
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Wednesday, July 8th

Virtual Poster Sessions
12:00AM-12:00AM
SSR will be hosting over 300 posters online using our new e-poster platform which will allow viewers to send questions to poster authors and view the video/audio narratives with each poster. The e-poster hall will be open 24-hrs a day from July 8 – 12th.

Trainee Mentor Roundtable
(Various times throughout the day)
The Trainee-Mentor Roundtable will a be a virtual version of the annual Trainee-Mentor Luncheon. This new event will allow trainees to be matched up in a small group with mentors from around the world for a virtual session, which will create an opportunity for trainees to ask questions, gain insights, and get to know prominent SSR members in a casual format. Sessions will take place at various pre-determined times throughout the week. If you are interested in signing up as a mentor, please click here

Trainee Research Platform Competition: Pre-Doctoral 
5:00-6:30 PM (EST)
This Platform Competition will include Pre-Doctoral trainees. Finalists will present their research via Zoom Webinar.  Format for the platform finals will be 12 minutes of presentation followed by 3 minutes for Q&A. 


Yuliana Tan, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
“A Role for the Transcription Factor SP6 Within the Primitive Syncytium at the Peri- Implantation Stage of Human Embryo Development”


Jessica Kincade, University of Missouri, Columbia
Central Spindle Formation Protects Against Incorrect Kinetochore-Microtubule Attachment and Aneuploidy in Mouse Oocytes”


Asghar Ali, Colorado State University
“Gene Regulation by LIN28-let-7 miRNA Axis in Sheep Trophoblast Cells”


Gargi Jaju, Western University
“Global and Site-Specific Changes in Histone Acetylation During Human Placental Trophoblast Differentiation”


Katie Bidne, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
”Maternal Western Diet Consumption Alters Placental Lipid Composition and Apolipoprotein Gene Expression”


Yu-Ying Chen, Northwestern University
“Regulatory Roles of Zinc Fluxes in Early Murine Ovarian Follicle Development”

Thursday, July 9th

Virtual Poster Sessions
12:00AM-12:00AM
SSR will be hosting over 300 posters online using our new e-poster platform which will allow viewers to send questions to poster authors and view the video/audio narratives with each poster. The e-poster hall will be open 24-hrs a day from July 8 – 12th. 

Trainee Mentor Roundtable 
(Various times throughout the day)
The Trainee-Mentor Roundtable will a be a virtual version of the annual Trainee-Mentor Luncheon. This new event will allow trainees to be matched up in a small group with mentors from around the world for a virtual session, which will create an opportunity for trainees to ask questions, gain insights, and get to know prominent SSR members in a casual format. Sessions will take place at various pre-determined times throughout the week. If you are interested in signing up as a mentor, please click here

Trainee Research Platform Competition: Post-Doctoral 
5:00-6:30 PM (EST)
This Platform Competition will include Post-Doctoral trainees. Finalists will present their research via Zoom Webinar.  Format for the platform finals will be 12 minutes of presentation followed by 3 minutes for Q&A. 


Virginia Savy, NIEHS
Abnormal Pattern of Ca2+ Oscillations During Fertilization In Vivo Impairs Offspring Growth Trajectory in The Mouse”


Farners Amargant i Riera, Northwestern University
“Age-Dependent Dysregulation of Hyaluronan And Collagen Matrices Alters Ovarian Biomechanical Properties”


Ayelen Moreno, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Genetic Control of The Uterine-Placental Interface”


Amanda Colvin Zielen, University of Pittsburgh
“Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Gene-Editing Therapy in An Infertile Mouse Model to Restore In Vivo Spermatogenesis”


Saniya Rattan, NIEHS
“Somatic Cell Lineage Specification by Notch Signaling in Fetal Mouse Ovaries”


Ana Cristina Lima, Oregon Health & Science University
“Spatial Dynamics of Protein Translation in Sertoli Cells”

Friday, July 10th


Virtual Poster Sessions

12:00AM-12:00AM
SSR will be hosting over 300 posters online using our new e-poster platform which will allow viewers to send questions to poster authors and view the video/audio narratives with each poster. The e-poster hall will be open 24-hrs a day from July 8 – 12th.

Trainee Mentor Roundtable 
(Various times throughout the day)
The Trainee-Mentor Roundtable will a be a virtual version of the annual Trainee-Mentor Luncheon. This new event will allow trainees to be matched up in a small group with mentors from around the world for a virtual session, which will create an opportunity for trainees to ask questions, gain insights, and get to know prominent SSR members in a casual format. Sessions will take place at various pre-determined times throughout the week. If you are interested in signing up as a mentor, please click here

Trainee Research Poster Competition: Pre-Doctoral 

5:00-6:30 PM (EST)
This Poster Competition will include Pre-Doctoral trainees. Finalists will present their research via Zoom Webinar.  Format for the platform finals will be 10 minutes of presentation followed by 3 minutes for Q&A. 

Megan Gura, Brown University
“Uncovering A TAF4b-Dependent Gene Expression Program Required for Embryonic Oocyte Differentiation” 

 Pascale Robineau-Charette, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
“Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of FGL2 Expression Reveal Immunoregulatory Function Essential to The Establishment and Outcome of Pregnancy” 


 Regan Scott
 University of Kansas Medical Center
 “Single Cell Interrogation of The Uterine-Placental Interface”


Hanah Georges, Colorado State University
“BVDV Infection Epigenetically Alters T-Cell Transcription Factors in Persistently Infected Fetal Spleens”  


Urooza Sarma, Monash University
“Chlamydia Infects the Ovary, Elicits an Immune Response and Depletes the Ovarian Reserve in Mice”


Ryan Marquardt, Michigan State University
Endometrial Epithelial ARID1A Loss Causes Defects of Uterine Receptivity and Endometrial Gland Function”

Saturday, July 11th


Virtual Poster Sessions

12:00AM-12:00AM
SSR will be hosting over 300 posters online using our new e-poster platform which will allow viewers to send questions to poster authors and view the video/audio narratives with each poster. The e-poster hall will be open 24-hrs a day from July 8 – 12th.

Trainee Mentor Roundtable
(Various times throughout the day)
The Trainee-Mentor Roundtable will a be a virtual version of the annual Trainee-Mentor Luncheon. This new event will allow trainees to be matched up in a small group with mentors from around the world for a virtual session, which will create an opportunity for trainees to ask questions, gain insights, and get to know prominent SSR members in a casual format. Sessions will take place at various pre-determined times throughout the week. If you are interested in signing up as a mentor, please click here.

Trainee Research Poster Competition: Post-Doctoral
5:00-6:30 PM (EST)
This Poster Competition will include Post-Doctoral trainees. Finalists will present their research via Zoom Webinar.  Format for the platform finals will be 10 minutes of presentation followed by 3 minutes for Q&A. 


Sofia Granados Aparici, McGill University
The Filopodia Marker MYO10 Reveals A Novel Method for The Assessment of Granulosa Cell Function and Quality of Human Growing Follicles”  

Alexandria Snider, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“Lipids Involved in Pro and Anti-Inflammatory Responses Are Altered in Follicular Fluid and Plasma of Cows Administered A Low Dose FSH Treatment and May Be Used as Markers Of Ovulation In Beef Cows”  


Karl Kerns, University of Missouri
"Artificial Intelligence Analysis of the Mammalian Sperm Zinc Signature Predicts Male-factor Subfertility” 


Ross McNall, University of Kansas Medical Center
Anti-Coagulation Factor Contributions to Placental and Fetal Development”


Allison Tscherner, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
“Cumulus-Oocyte Interaction Is Required to Maintain Active Suppression of Glycine Transport in The Preovulatory Mouse Oocyte”

Sunday, July 12th

Virtual Poster Sessions

12:00AM-12:00AM
SSR will be hosting over 300 posters online using our new e-poster platform which will allow viewers to send questions to poster authors and view the video/audio narratives with each poster. The e-poster hall will be open 24-hrs a day from July 8 – 12th.

Trainee Mentor Roundtable 
(Various times throughout the day)
The Trainee-Mentor Roundtable will a be a virtual version of the annual Trainee-Mentor Luncheon. This new event will allow trainees to be matched up in a small group with mentors from around the world for a virtual session, which will create an opportunity for trainees to ask questions, gain insights, and get to know prominent SSR members in a casual format. Sessions will take place at various pre-determined times throughout the week. If you are interested in signing up as a mentor, please click here


SSR Business Meeting
Join us for the Presentation of SSR business, Trainee Research Award Winners, Membership Updates, Biology of Reproduction Report from the Editors in Chief, Committee Accomplishments and the Change in SSR Leadership. This meeting will take place on July 12 at 5:00 PM EST.


Welcome to SSR Virtual 2020!

Welcome to SSR Virtual 2020!  We are thrilled to bring you new options for scientific interactions with virtual trainee competition sessions, trainee mentor roundtable and our virtual poster session which will give presenters the opportunity to share their poster visually with video narration. There are options for everyone to tailor their presentation experience. Attendees of the poster session can view posters at any time during the virtual poster session days and can leave questions in a chat room for the presenter to reply. Posters will be organized by topic for easy access and are searchable.  SSR Virtual will conclude with the Business Meeting where SSR will recognize trainee winners, update the membership on the financial health of the society, provide committee updates and accomplishments, welcome new SSR Board members and Executive Leaders. We are excited about the possibilities this brings for our members and fellow scientists in North America and abroad. Although we will miss seeing everyone in person this year, we hope that you will enjoy this virtual way to share the exciting research being conducted by members of SSR!