Message from the Director
I am very pleased to have been appointed as Director of the University of Utah MD-PhD Program and look forward to getting to know our incredible cadre of current scholars, as well as meeting a new cohort of promising applicants over the next few months.
I am a newcomer to Utah, myself, having joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in late April 2018. I grew up in Sacramento, attended Stanford as an undergraduate and matriculated into the nascent MD-PhD program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. That institution was awarded an MSTP grant during my fourth year of training. My graduate studies on the molecular endocrinology of estrogen action were taken in the Department of Cell Biology, under the guidance of Roy G. Smith, PhD and Bert W. O’Malley, MD. I completed Ob/Gyn residency and a clinical Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship at UCSF, followed by a postdoc in cardiovascular biology in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute there. I am board-certified and maintain a limited clinical practice, with the majority of my effort focused on the cell and molecular biology of steroid hormone and cytokine action in human endometrial cells. My lab has published predominantly in the areas of endometriosis, embryonic implantation and early pregnancy complications.
I am flattered and deeply committed to build upon the achievements of my predecessors (Michael Engel, MD, PhD and Gabrielle Kardon, PhD), whose leadership has placed the program in a strong position for success. Through continued innovation in curriculum integration, faculty recruitment, governance and transparency, the University of Utah MD-PhD Program will prepare our scholars to become highly-valued physician-scientists in the biomedical workforce and leaders in academia, research, industry and policy making.Robert N. Taylor, MD, PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology