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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder in reproductive-aged women, with a world-wide prevalence of 10-15%.  In addition to a reproductive phenotype that results in an increased risk of infertility, miscarriage and pregnancy complications, a majority of women with PCOS have metabolic abnormalities that result in an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. One of the main objectives of our research is to understand the etiology and pathophysiology of PCOS using relevant mouse and tissue culture models.

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Varykina G. Thackray, Ph.D.
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Office Phone:  858-822-7693
Lab Phone:  858-822-7567
Office:  Leichtag Biomedical Research Building, 3A17
Lab:  Leichtag Biomedical Research Building, 332 Bays EE, FF & LL
Assistant:  Ruth Montouri
Phone: 858-534-1140

Postdoctoral Fellow Position – Reproduction, Metabolism and Gut Microbiome


A postdoctoral fellowship position is available to study the role of the gut microbiome in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Recent studies from the Thackray lab ( demonstrated that changes in the gut microbiome are correlated with PCOS in women and rodent models and that these changes are linked with hyperandrogenism. In addition, a recent study from the Thackray lab showed that exposure to a healthy gut microbiome improved metabolic and reproductive phenotypes in a PCOS mouse model, suggesting that manipulation of the gut microbiome may be a possible treatment for PCOS. Candidates should have a Ph.D. and a strong background in mouse physiology, endocrinology or reproductive biology is preferred. Salary support is available through an NIH Postdoctoral Training Program in Reproductive Sciences (U.S. Citizen or Green card status required) and an R01 grant. If interested, please contact Dr. Varykina Thackray at and provide a full CV and contact info for three references.


Reproductive Endocrine Axis