Vision and Mission

The Research Success Core is the clinical research arm of the Institute for Women’s Health Research.  The core was established to assist clinical faculty members in initiating and maintaining a research program and to assist basic science faculty members with translational research projects.

The Vision of the OBGYN RSC is to have a thriving clinical research environment that fosters the growth and development of clinician scholars and increases high-quality research and extramural research funding.

Our Mission is to increase the quality and quantity of clinical and translational research by increasing faculty engagement in research by providing experimental design, logistical planning, compliance and clinical research coordination.

Steps to Request RSC Assistance for Clinical Research Studies

Download the Research Request Flowchart

 

Research Success Center Staff

 

Susan Nagel, PhD

Susan Nagel, PhD

Director, Institute for Women’s Health Research | Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health | Adjunct Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Bio

Susan C. Nagel, PhD, directs an NIH-funded basic and translational science research lab focusing on environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals, particularly chemicals associated with oil and gas extraction and their impacts on developmental origins of adult disease. She received an undergraduate degree in Biology from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University before taking her current faculty position in 2005. She has produced an impressive body of published work, has trained students and postdoctoral fellows, and has received prestigious awards based on her work. Dr. Nagel is the Director of the Institute for Women’s Health Research and is the Founder and Director of the OBGYN Research Success Core. Dr. Nagel has held several leadership positions at MU, including Director of Resident Research, Chair of Research Council, and served on the Women in Medicine and Medical Sciences Executive Board and as the MU School of Medicine representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges. She was recently vice-chair and chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Environmental Endocrine Disruptors in 2018 and 2020. Her responsibilities at the RSC include providing oversight of all operations and setting the center’s vision and strategic goals.

Erma Drobnis, PhD

Erma Drobnis, PhD

Associate Director, Research Success Core | Associate Professional Practice Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health

Bio

Professor Erma Drobnis, PhD, is a researcher and clinical laboratory director. She completed a BA in Mathematics, an MS in Animal Science and a PhD in Physiology from the University of California-Davis. She has studied male reproduction for several decades and has contributed publications and guidelines on sperm biology and laboratory management. She wrote a book in 2017 reviewing medication effects on male reproduction. Dr. Drobnis has collaborated with other scientists at MU, nationally and internationally. She became a faculty member in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health in 1994. Her responsibilities at the RSC include supervising staff, managing ongoing projects, discussing potential research with investigators, working with staff to develop project logistics, identifying campus resources for projects and assisting with experimental design and statistical analysis.

Elise Blanke

Elise Blanke

Sr. Research and Lab Technician

Bio

Elise Blanke received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Missouri. As a student, she was a Peer Educator and Event’s Chair for MU SHAPE, an organization that advocated for sexual health on campus and in the surrounding Columbia community. Because of her interest in sexual health, specifically women’s health, she began as a student worker for the RSC. After graduation, she assumed the title of Research and Lab Technician. Her role at the RSC includes recruitment of research participants, obtaining informed consent in the clinic, follow-up of participants in longitudinal studies, assisting physicians with specimen collection and data management.

Christina Shearer, LPN

Cristina Shearer, LPN

Research Specialist II

Bio

Cristina obtained her Associates Degree then went to nursing school where she received her LPN license in 2011 from Moberly Area Community College. She started her with University of Missouri Department of OBGYN in 2011 where she worked in the Urogynecology clinic. While working there she assisted patients with their treatments for pelvic floor dysfunction as well as following them through recovery from surgical procedures. While working in the Urogyn clinic she began assisting with the number of research projects that were led by the physicians. In 2018 she started with the RSC as the research nurse where her role at the included recruitment of research participants, obtaining informed consent in the clinic, follow-up of participants in longitudinal studies, assisting physicians with specimen collection whether in clinic, OR and Labor and Delivery as well data management for all the studies. In 2020 she transitioned to Research Specialist II, where she continues many of her previous roles but now acts as coordinator of research projects in OBGYN, maintains compliance with IRB, works with other research sites from across the country, sets up study logistics and oversee daily activities of the research studies in the department.

Jennifer Worth

Jennifer Worth

Research Specialist II

Bio

Jennifer Worth joined the Research Success Center in 2020 as a Research Specialist II. She obtained her undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she also completed graduate level studies in Health Science. Jennifer is returning to research after spending time at home caring for her young family. She looks forward to once again applying her knowledge from experience in both the laboratory and patient care settings supporting quality data collection and project success. “Every participant is unique and deserves to be represented in the body of evidence. It is incredibly rewarding to play a small role in building a research community of investigators, providers, and participants who together move healthcare forward.