Nicola Winston

Nicola Winston, PhD, HCLD

Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology,
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director, UIC IVF Embryology Laboratory Program

Academic Office:
Phone: (312) 355-0458
Fax: (312) 996-4238

Biography

Dr. Nicola Winston  is the Laboratory Director for the University of Illinois In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Program. She provides professional consultation to physicians and patients regarding clinical embryology and treatment outcomes, as well as teaching students, residents and fellows the intricacies of early human development.

Dr. Winston’s research focuses on the process of egg maturation and improving our understanding of events that occur during ovarian follicle and oocyte growth and maturation.  Her studies have also sought to identify and describe the function of factors involved in the regulation of early embryo development. Answering the question “How do these processes impact subsequent oocyte and embryo viability?” will greatly enhance the success of infertility treatments using assisted reproduction technologies.

Recent Publications 

Convissar S, Winston NJ, Fierro MA, Scoccia H, Zamah AM, Stocco C. Sp1 regulates steroidogenic genes and LHCGR expression in primary human luteinized granulosa cells. The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2019;190:183-192.

Hobeika E, Armouti M, Kala H, Fierro MA, Winston NJ, Scoccia B, Zamah AM, Stocco C. Oocyte-Secreted Factors Synergize with FSH to Promote Aromatase Expression in Primary Human Cumulus Cells. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2019; 104(5):1667-1676.

Baumgarten S, Convissar SM, Zamah AM, Fierro M, Winston NJ, Scoccia B, and Stocco C. “FSH regulated IGF-2 expression in human granulosa cells in an AKT-dependent manner”. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism2015;100(8): E1046-1055.

Recent Abstracts and Presentations

Convissar S, Winston NJ, Fierro MA, Scoccia H, Zamah AM, Stocco C. Sp1 regulates steroidogenic genes and LHCGR expression in primary human luteinized granulosa cells. The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2019;190:183-192.

Hobeika E, Armouti M, Kala H, Fierro MA, Winston NJ, Scoccia B, Zamah AM, Stocco C. Oocyte-Secreted Factors Synergize with FSH to Promote Aromatase Expression in Primary Human Cumulus Cells. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2019; 104(5):1667-1676.

Hobeika E, Armouti M, Fierro MA, Winston NJ, Zamah MA, Scoccia B, and Stocco C. “Oocyte Secreted Factors Regulate Insulin Growth Factor 2 (IGF2) Expression in Human Primary Cumulus Granulosa Cells.” Presented at American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress and Expo on October 9, 2018 in Denver, CO.

Hobeika E, Armouti M, Fierro MA, Winston NJ, Zamah MA, Scoccia B, and Stocco C. “Oocyte Secreted Factors Regulate Aromatase Expression in Human Primary Cumulus Granulosa Cells.” Presented at American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress and Expo on October 9, 2018 in Denver, CO.

Hobeika E, Armouti M, Fierro MA, Winston NJ, Zamah MA, Scoccia B, and Stocco C. “Gonadotropins and Oocyte Secreted Factors Coordinated Regulation of DDIT4 and CYR61 in Primary Human Cumulus Granulosa Cells.” Presented at American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress and Expo on October 9, 2018 in Denver, CO. 1st Place Poster.

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