Dr. Latrice Faulkner is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Reproductive Endocrine Unit (REU) of the Department of Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She received her undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Kentucky State University. Dr. Faulkner continued her scientific development by participating in a NIH funded Post-Bachelorette Research Education Program (PREP) under the advisement of Dr. Brenda Hogue at Arizona State University. Her research experience at Arizona State and Kentucky State University significantly cultivated her passion for scientific knowledge.
Shortly after entering the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease Graduate Program at The University of Toledo, Dr. Faulkner joined the lab of Dr. Jennifer Hill where she focused on understanding the hypothalamic homeostatic mechanisms controlling body weight and fertility and the interactions between these two systems. Specifically, her doctoral thesis was centered on identifying the reproductive consequences of insulin and leptin resistance in hypothalamic Proopiomelanocortin (POMC)- neurons in male rodents. These studies elucidated the underlying central mechanisms involved in the manifestation of Erectile Dysfunction in males with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), which could potentially assist in the development of therapeutic approaches to combat reproductive and metabolic complications in T2D male patients.
Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Dr. Faulkner joined the laboratory of Dr. Stephanie Seminara where her research interest lies in identifying and characterizing genes and hypothalamic factors which play a role in reproductive maturation and fertility by utilizing patients with congenital, idiopathic hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (GnRH deficiency, Kallmann syndrome).