Oncofertility 101

Oncofertility 101 provides high-quality translational research training for students, postdoctoral fellows, and other trainees with the opportunity to isolate ovarian follicles, encapsulate follicles in a 3D biomaterial matrix, and optimize in vitro follicle culture. The Oncofertility 101 curriculum has become the template for a folliculogenesis and in vitro follicle growth laboratory that is taught annually at the Frontiers in Reproduction (FIR) at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. Since 2011, more than 35 researchers and clinicians have gained hands-on experience from this course.

Oncofertility 101: A training course in in vitro follicle growth using alginate hydrogels

The training includes the following:Images by Min Xu, PhDImages by Min Xu, PhD

  • Welcome & Overview
  • Laboratory Exercise Part I: Follicle Isolation & Manipulation
  • Laboratory Exercise Part II: Follicle Encapsulation in Alginate
  • The Evolution of Biomaterials in Follicle Culture
  • The Ins and Outs of Setting Up a Follicle Culture Laboratory
  • Laboratory Exercise Part III: Follicle Imaging & Quality Analysis

Sample Schedule

Two courses are held each year at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. The next Oncofertility