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I was adopted and have always been fascinated with fertility. As a young child, I thought my mom just didn’t know how to pick out good eggs – like the kind in the fridge. Luckily my knowledge has grown, and I’ve developed a deeper knowledge of reproduction. I earned a PhD studying follicle development and ovulation and plan to continue studying good eggs and bad eggs for the rest of my career.

As a hub of reproductive science, UCSF always seemed like the institution I should aim for in medical school. When I interviewed what stuck out most to me was everyone’s passion for what they did. I knew it would be an inspiring environment to learn and grow as a physician. I’ve lived in Boston and Chicago, and this will be my first adventure on the West Coast!

Outside of work, I love taking dance classes. I used to dance a lot in college and then did a brief stint with a contemporary company. I also love Lebanese food (it reminds me of home) and am close with my family. I’m looking forward to the journey ahead and feel so fortunate for everything and everyone that’s gotten me here.

Robin Skory, MD, PhD
Robin Skory, MD, PhD
Resident Physician - PGY 4

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Main Address

UCSF OB/GYN&RS Residency Program
550 16th Street, 7th Floor
OBGYN, Mailstop 0132
San Francisco, CA 94143-0132

Location Office Phone Fax
Mission Bay (415) 476 - 5192 (415) 476 - 1811
Mount Zion (415) 353 - 9240 (415) 353 - 9509
San Francisco General Hospital (415) 206 - 3061 (415) 206 - 3112

Research/Clinical Interests:  Ovulation, emergency contraception, follicle development, fertility preservation




Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2015 Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL MD, PhD Medicine and Reproductive Biology
2005 Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MABiochemistry BS Biochemistry

Research & Professional Experience

2010 - 2013 Graduate Research Assistant, Teresa Woodruff, PhD (PI)
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Trainee – NIH Medical Scientist Training Program
2011 Trainee, Frontiers in Reproduction course, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
2008 - 2011 Teaching Assistant, Oncofertility Saturday Academy, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
2005 - 2007 Clinical Research Coordinator, High Risk Breast Group, Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH (PI)

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2014 Alpha Omega Alpha, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
2011 - 2014 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows, NIH/National Institute on Aging
2005 Phi Beta Kappa, Boston College, College of Arts and Sciences


Xu Y, Skory RM, Zhu J, Duncan F, Xu M, Shea LD, Pavone ME, Kim J, Burdette JE and Woodruff TK. “Engineering the Ovarian Cycle Using in Vitro Follicle Culture – a New Tool for Preclinical Reproductive Research.” 16th International Congress of Endocrinology & the Endocrine Society’s 96th Annual Meeting & Expo, Chicago, IL, 2014. Poster Presentation

Skory RM, Woodruff TK. “An in vitro ovulation model identifies follicle-targeted contraceptive candidates.”

Conjoint Meeting of the International Federation of Fertility Societies and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Boston, MA, 2013. Oral Presentation

Skory RM, Woodruff TK. “An In Vitro Model of Ovulation and Luteinization Identifies Green Tea EGCG as a Possible Contraceptive.” 9th Annual American Physician Scientist Association (APSA)/American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) Joint Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2013. Poster Presentation

Skory RM, Woodruff TK. “Green tea has contraceptive effects in an in vitro model of ovulation/luteinization.” Illinois Symposium on Reproductive Sciences, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2012. Oral Presentation

Skory RM, Woodruff TK. “In vitro ovulation and luteinization of mouse, rhesus, and human follicles in a three-dimensional culture system.” The Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, 2012. Oral Presentation

Skory RM, Woodruff TK. “In vitro ovulation and luteinization of mouse, rhesus, and human follicles in a three-dimensional culture system.” 32nd Annual Minisymposium on Reproductive Biology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2012. Poster Presentation

Skory RM, Woodruff TK. “Mechanical regulation of corpus luteum function in a tissue-engineered model of ovarian aging.” Illinois Symposium on Reproductive Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011. Poster Presentation


Skory RM, Xu Y, Shea LD, Woodruff TK. Hum Reprod. "Engineering the ovarian cycle using in vitro follicle culture." 2015 Mar 16. pii: dev052. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 25784584

Skory RM, Bernabé BP, Galdones E, Broadbelt LJ, Shea LD, Woodruff TK. "Microarray analysis identifies COMP as the most differentially regulated transcript throughout in vitro follicle growth.Mol Reprod Dev." 2013 Feb;80(2):132-44. doi: 10.1002/mrd.22144. Epub 2013 Jan 30. PMID: 23242557

Kong BY, Skory RM, Woodruff TK. Clin Obstet Gynecol. "Creating a continuum of care: integrating obstetricians and gynecologists in the care of young cancer patients." 2011 Dec;54(4):619-32. doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e318236ea2c. Review. PMID: 22031251