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Aritro Sen, Ph.D.

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Administrative: (585) 276-4994

Office: (585) 276-4838

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Professional Background

Dr. Sen received his undergraduate degree in Microbiology with minor in Chemistry and Zoology from Bangalore University in 2000 followed by Masters degree in Biochemistry from University of Calcutta, India in 2002. Thereafter he joined the PhD program in Cell and Molecular Biology at West Virginia University, where he worked with Dr. Jorge Flores and Dr. Keith Inskeep. His PhD work focused on the intracellular mechanisms regulating the functions of corpus luteum, a transient endocrine gland that plays a vital role in reproduction by supporting pregnancy. Following his PhD in 2005, Dr. Sen moved to Michigan State University for a post-doctoral fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology in the Department of Animal Sciences. At Michigan State University, he worked with Dr. George Smith and Dr. James Ireland on the role of a novel neuropeptide called Cocaine-and Amphetamine-Regulated Transcript on follicular development. Dr. Sen was also part of a research team that discovered a novel oocyte specific protein involved in early embryonic development. In 2008, Dr. Sen joined the laboratory of Dr. Stephen R Hammes in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas for a second post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Endocrinology and then in 2009 he moved from Dallas to Rochester in Upstate New York to join the faculty at University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester. Dr. Sen is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He also holds an Adjunct Faculty position at The College of Brockport, State University of New York and is a visiting research scientist at the Center for Human Reproduction in New York City. Dr. Sen has two patents related to a cancer biomarker and an infertility treatment option in women. His research is currently funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), University of Rochester School of Medicine, Ferring Pharmaceuticals and the Foundation for Reproductive Medicine. He has published more than 25 peer-reviewed manuscripts and invited-reviews in leading scientific journals such as Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Journal of Clinical Investigation, Nature Reviews Endocrinology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Endocrinology and Molecular Endocrinology. Dr. Sen has been awarded the Endocrine Society's Pfizer Early Career Investigator Award. He is also the recipient of the Endocrine Society's outstanding abstract award, Larry Ewing trainee award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction as well as outstanding graduate student HERF fellowship from West Virginia University. Dr. Sen serves on NIH study sections and has served as an external expert for the French National Research Agency. He also serves as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals including FASEB, JBC, PLoS Genetics, Biology of Reproduction, Neuroscience and Developmental Biology. He is currently an Editorial Board member for Endocrinology and has previously served as an editorial board member for the Journal of Endocrinology and the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology. Dr. Sen has been invited to present his work in numerous international meetings, universities and pharmaceutical companies.


Faculty Appointments


BS | Bangalore University
Microbiology (major), Chemistry and Zoology

MS | Department of Biochemistry, University of Calcutta

Ph.D. | West Virginia University


Ad-Hoc Reviewer, NIH Study Section, Integrative and Clinical Endocrinology and Reproduction (ICER)

The Pfizer Early Career Investigator Award, The Endocrine Society
Sponsor: The Endocrine Society
Location: San Diego

2013 - 2014
Editorial Board - Journal of Endocrinology and Journal of Molecular Endocrinology

Outstanding Abstract Award, ENDO 2010
Sponsor: The Endocrine Society
Location: San Diego

2005 - 2006
Larry Ewing Trainee Award for SSR

Graduate Award
Sponsor: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Student Award
Sponsor: West Virginia University

2004 - 2005
Outstanding Graduate Student HERF Fellowship
Sponsor: West Virginia University

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Journal Articles

"Leptin-Induced CART (Cocaine- and Amphetamine-Regulated Transcript) Is a Novel Intraovarian Mediator of Obesity-Related Infertility in Females." Endocrinology.. 2016 Mar 0; 157(3):1248-57. Epub 2016 Jan 05.

Sen A, Prizant H, Light A, Biswas A, Hayes E, Lee HJ, Barad D, Gleicher N, Hammes SR. "Androgens regulate ovarian follicular development by increasing follicle stimulating hormone receptor and microRNA-125b expression." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.. 2014 Feb 25; 111(8):3008-13. Epub 2014 Feb 10.

Sen A, Kushnir VA, Barad DH, Gleicher N. "Endocrine autoimmune diseases and female infertility." Nature reviews. Endocrinology.. 2014 Jan 0; 10(1):37-50. Epub 2013 Nov 05.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Reproduction in Domestic Ruminants VII
Book Title: Putative role of cocaine-and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CARTPT) in domina
Author List: Smith, GW, A Sen, JK Folger and JJ Ireland
Published By: Nottingham University Press2010