Department of Reproductive Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Department of Reproductive Medicine

Alexander (Sasha) Kauffman, PhD

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Center for Reproductive Science and Medicine

 

Associate Professor of Reproductive Medicine

 

  • PhD - University of California, Berkeley, 2002
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Virginia, 2002 - 2005
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Washington, 2005 - 2008

 

Link to Dr. Kauffman's lab

Contact Information:

 

 

Email: akauffman@ucsd.edu

Telephone: 858-246-0219

 

Administrative Assistant:

  • Ruth Montouri - 858-534-1140

 

Research Interests

I am interested in how the brain controls reproduction (i.e., reproductive neuroendocrinology). Specifically, I study how neuropeptides in specific brain regions stimulate or inhibit reproductive control centers in the forebrain, and how these processes ultimately affect an animal's reproductive physiology and fertility. I am also interested in how these neural regulatory circuits are themselves influenced by developmental factors, hormones, neural signals, and stress.  We study these topics both in adulthood as well as during critical periods of development such as puberty and sexual differentiation. The long-term goal is to apply what we learn about the neuroendocrine control of reproduction to improving and advancing medical and therapeutic treatments of human infertility, precocious or delayed puberty, and other reproductive disorders.

 

Honors/Awards

  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Endocrinology (2013)

  • Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS), Early Career Investigator Award, 2012

  • Nominee, UCSD Garnett-Powers & Associates Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award, 2012

  • Health Sciences Academic Senate International Travel Award, University of California, San Diego, 2012

  • Completed, National Center for Leadership in Academic Medicine Program, University of California, San Diego, 2010

  • Health Sciences Academic Senate Travel Award, University of California, San Diego, 2010

  • Health Sciences Academic Senate Research Award, University of California, San Diego, 2009

  • Young Investigator Award, US-Japan Symposium on Steroid Hormone Receptors in the Brain, 2008

  • Research Poster First Place Award, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, 2005

  • Young Investigator Award, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, 2004

  • Graduate Student Travel Award, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, 2002

  • Integrative Biology Research Travel Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2002

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, 1999-2000

  • Teaching Effectiveness Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2000

 

Recent Publications

 

For a full list of publications in PubMed click HERE