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Thackray Laboratory

Dr. Varykina Thackray, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Associate Director, UCSD Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Innovation
Associate Director, UCSD IRACDA Post-Doctoral Training Program
Department Mentor Co-Director,
UCSD Health Sciences Faculty Mentor Training Program

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Dr. Varykina Thackray, PhD

About the Lab

One objective of our research is to understand the etiology and pathophysiology of PCOS using relevant animal models. We are currently studying interactions among the gut microbiome, metabolism and the reproductive axis in PCOS. Another objective is to understand the role of steroid hormones in regulating sex differences in the gut microbiome which impact many physiological processes and are implicated in diseases with sex bias including reproductive, metabolic, autoimmune, and neurological disorders.

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Lab Members

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Spotlights & News


2/20/24 Congratulations to Ivy Tam and Anya Mall for receiving scholarships from the UC San Diego Biology Undergraduate and Master's Mentorship Program (BUMMP) Research Apprenticeship Program for research during winter and spring quarter!

2/14/24 Congratulations to Laura Sisk-Hackworth who successfully defended her PhD thesis focused on the role of the reproductive axis in sex differences in the gut microbiome.

10/28/23 Congratulations to Laura Sisk-Hackworth on winning a Student Achievement Award from the Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (SCASM) for her research on sex differences in the gut microbiome.

7/23/23 Congratulations to Laura Sisk-Hackworth for receiving a well-deserved ARCS Foundation scholarship from the SDSU Chapter ($10,000) for the 3rd year in a row.

2/01/23 Congratulations to Kina Thackray for receiving the 2022 President's Award from the Association for Women in Science San Diego Chapter for "continued service, enthusiasm and immeasurable contributions to the chapter."

12/21/22 Congratulations to Laura Sisk-Hackworth for receiving a 2023 Completion of Research and Creative Activity Fellowship ($10,000) from SDSU.

5/10/22 Congratulations to Reeya Shah for receiving a Research Experiences for Graduate and Medical Students (REGMS) Award from the Endocrine Society and Annie Chen for receiving a Summer Research Fellowship from the UCSD School of Medicine.




Office: Leichtag Biomedical Research Building, 3A17
Lab: Leichtag Biomedical Research Building, 332 Bays EE, FF & GG

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