The ability to reproduce is essential to the survival of a species and to evolution of new species.
The discipline of reproductive biology includes studies of basic mechanisms involved in normal function of reproductive cells and tissues, as well as regulation of reproductive functions in health and disease. Knowledge of reproductive systems in humans can be used both to enhance fertility and to develop safe, effective and acceptable forms of contraception.
As the world population continues to grow at alarming rates, it is imperative that efficient, high quality food production is maintained. However, fertility in some agriculturally important animals has declined steadily in recent years, having a negative impact on the economy of food production.
Therefore, the ability to manage reproduction is critical to the survival of the human species.
The Center for Reproductive Biology and Health (CRBH) at Penn State includes a group of faculty who are deeply committed to the improvement of reproductive health and function through integration of fundamental and applied research and dissemination of knowledge.
CRBH faculty direct a dynamic and interactive graduate and postgraduate training program and conduct research in diverse areas of reproductive biology and endocrinology.
We are committed to working as a team that makes the process of discovery and dissemination of knowledge enjoyable.
The mission of the CRBH is to develop a collaborative environment that facilitates cutting-edge research and meaningful educational experiences, with the goal of becoming one of the premier centers for research and education in reproductive biology.
Our research programs reflect the breadth of topics that are relevant to reproductive biology.
This includes research in the following areas:
- gonadal function
- embryonic development
- mammary gland biology
- stem cells
- biological clocks
- reproductive immunology
- reproductive genomics
- reproductive diseases
- the effects of stress, nutrition and metabolism on reproductive function