Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Duncan Lab

Lab Members

Meet the Duncan Lab team members. We welcome requests for information about our work and collaboration opportunities.

Principal Investigator

 
Francesca E. Duncan

Francesca E. Duncan, PhD.
f-duncan( at )northwestern.edu
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Science in Medicine)
312-503-2172
Dr. Duncan earned her doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed two post-doctoral fellowships in reproductive science - one in the Department of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and one in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University. Her first independent faculty appointment was as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She joined Northwestern University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in October 2017. Dr. Duncan is an active member of the Center for Reproductive Science, Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine program, and the Oncofertility Consortium.
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Lab Manager

 
Luhan Tracy Zhou

Luhan Tracy Zhou, MS
luhan.zhou( at )northwestern.edu
Lab Manager
312-503-0858
Tracy completed her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Rochester. She joined the Duncan Laboratory in 2017 as a graduate student in the Masters of Reproductive Science and Medicine program at Northwestern. Her thesis research focused on the role of O-GlcNAcylation in oocytes from multiple species, including mouse, bovine, and human.

Graduate Students

 
Jordan Machlin

Jordan Machlin, BS
MS-RSM Student, class of 2019
Jordan graduated with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Brandeis University in Boston. She then worked as an embryologist at Fertility Centers of Illinois, a private fertility clinic in Chicago's River North area. She is currently a graduate student in the Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine program at Northwestern. Her thesis project involves studying the role of inflammatory cytokines in the aging ovary and how these effect fertility outcomes. She is co-mentored by Dr. Duncan and Dr. Mary Ellen Pavone.

Sharron Manuel

Sharron Manuel, MD, PhD
MS-RSM Student, class of 2019
Ronni graduated from Drexel University College of Engineering with a B.S in biomedical engineering. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant at a startup biomaterials company, Xylos®, which specialized in the production of wound dressings. She then obtained a MD/PhD at Drexel University College of Medicine. Here PhD thesis was studying the role of dendritic cells in Human T-cell Leukemia Virus type-1 (HTLV-1) disease pathogenesis. Following medical school, Ronni completed an OB/Gyn residency program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She is currently a graduate student in the Masters of Reproductive Science and Medicine program at Northwestern. Here thesis focuses on investigating underlying mechanisms of reproductive aging in females. Specifically, she is examining hyaluronan dynamics and fibrosis in human ovarian stromal tissue. Ronni is co-mentored by Dr. Duncan and Dr. Mary Ellen Pavone.

 
Jennifer Rowley

Jennifer Rowley, BA
MS-RSM Student, class of 2019
Jenny graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Global Health and Environment. She was awarded a Princeton Research Fellowship to conduct public health research focused on maternal and reproductive health in Southeast Asia and continued this work as a study coordinator at the University of Chicago. Jenny joined the Duncan Lab in 2018 as a graduate student in the Masters of Reproductive Science and Medicine program at Northwestern. For her master's thesis, Jenny is investigating the effects of low molecular weight hyaluronan on the ovarian stroma as well as follicle growth and development.

Leah Simon

Leah Simon, BS
MS-RSM Student, class of 2019
Leah completed her B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Leah is a graduate student in the Masters of Reproductive Science and Medicine program at Northwestern. Her thesis project is a focused on investigating the effects of FSH glycosylation on mouse follicle development and gamete quality.

Former Duncan Lab Members

Austin Armstrong (2016) – Medical Student (University of Kansas Medical Center)

Shawn Briley (2015-2016) – Research Technologist (University of Kansas Medical Center)

Allison Grover (2016-2018) – MS Reproductive Science and Medicine (Northwestern University)

Shula Horton (2017) – High School Summer Student (Northwestern University)

Susmita Jasti, PhD (2014-2016) – Senior Scientist (University of Kansas Medical Center)

John Kelsh (2014-2016) - Undergraduate Student (University of Kansas Medical Center)

Atsuko Kusuhara (2016-2018) - MS Reproductive Science and Medicine (Northwestern University)

Natalie Quan (2016-2017) – MS Biotechnology Student (Northwestern University)