Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.
Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D., is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the vice chair of research (OB/GYN), the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, and professor of Molecular Biosciences at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. She is an internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology and coined the term “oncofertility” to describe the merging of two fields: oncology and fertility. Dr. Woodruff was awarded a prestigious Roadmap Grant from the NIH (2007) for pioneering work accomplished in her lab. She now heads the Oncofertility Consortium , an interdisciplinary team of biomedical and social scientist experts from across the country. Dr. Woodruff has established a team of oncologists, fertility specialists, social scientists, educators and policy makers to translate her research to the clinical care of women who will lose their fertility due to cancer treatment. She has been an advocate for gender specificity in clinical trials in an effort to better understand the effects that technologies and procedures have on women and is the founding director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, which has as its mission ‘science to care’ and ensuring that sex and gender are part of the research mission. As an educator and mentor, she encourages young women to pursue careers in the sciences.