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R ESE A RC H

Spotlight

by Sara Carney

Same Journey, Different Directions

Dr. Joe Arosh and Dr. Sakhila Banu Dr. Joe Arosh and Dr. Sakhila Banu share many things. They work in the same department—the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS) at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). Their offices are in the same hall. They share a marriage and a love for their twin daughters, Jerusha and Elsha Arosh. And, although they both conduct research on female reproduction, their research interests are unique from each other and within their respective fields. Arosh is one of the leading researchers on endometriosis, a condition characterized by pelvic pain and infertility in women of childbearing age. Banu is the only researcher in the United States focused on the effects of hexavalent chromium, a heavy metal toxicant in the environment, on ovarian development. Arosh and Banu’s story began well before they came to the CVM. The couple met in India, their home country,

and worked on a short-term collaborative project in large animal endocrinology between the University of Madras and Madras Veterinary College in Chennai (Madras), India. They both studied at the Centre de Recherché en Biologie de la Reproduction at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. They continued their research in the same lab and married in 2002. This journey ultimately led them to Texas A&M University. In 2004 and 2005, Arosh and Banu accepted jobs as faculty at the CVM, respectively. This became a turning point and opened the door for each of them to become leaders and innovators in their respective research areas.

Arosh: Endometriosis and Finding Relief Arosh began his career as a veterinarian and earned his B.V.Sc.—the equivalent of a DVM—from Madras Veterinary College in India. For five years he practiced as a mixedWinter 2017 •

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CVM Today - Winter 2017  

A semi-annual publication for the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical...

CVM Today - Winter 2017  

A semi-annual publication for the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical...