Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Menke is a reproductive endocrinologist whose research focuses on the effect of obesity and lipids on infertility. Through both animal models and human studies, Dr. Menke hopes to identify causes of reduced fecundity in the obese population as well as identify potential therapeutic targets for patients undergoing treatment for infertility.
Understanding the role of lipids and lipid metabolism in oocyte development and fertilization. Left: Overarching research goal. Right: Lipid oocyte.
Menke MN, King WC, White GE, Gosman GG, Courcoulas AP, Dakin GF, Flum DR, Orcutt M, Pomp A, Pories WJ, Purnell JQ, Steffen KM, Wolfe BM, Yanovski SZ. Contraception and conception after bariatric surgery. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Nov; 130(5): 979-987.
Schoiswohl G, Stefanovic-Racic M, Menke MN, Wills RC, Surlow BA, Basantani MK, Sitnick MT, Cai L, Yazbeck CF, Stolz DB, Pulinilkunnil T, O’Doherty RM, Kershaw EE. Impact of Reduced ATGL-Mediated Adipocyte Lipolysis on Obesity-Associated Insulin Resistance and Inflammation in Male Mice. Endocrinology. 2015 Oct;156(10):3610-24.
Kucherov A, Polotsky AJ, Menke M, Isaac B, McAvey B, Buyuk E, Bradford AP, Hickmon C, Babbs B, Berga S, Loucks T, Santoro N. Aromatase inhibition causes increased amplitude, but not frequency, of hypothalamic-pituitary output in normal women. Fertil Steril. 2011 May;95(6):2063-6.