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Michael W Vernon PhD, HCLD

Chairman and Professor

West Virginia University School of Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
P.O. Box 9186
Morgantown, WV 26506
(304) 293-5631


Post Doctoral NRSA fellow, Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology Program, Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center, 1979-1981
PhD, Reproductive Endocrinology, Animal Science Dept., University of Florida 1979
MS, Reproductive Physiology, Biology Dept., Eastern Kentucky University, 1973
BS, Vertebrate Zoology from the University of Kentucky, 1971

Research and Professional Interests

Studies on the Pathophysiology of Endometriosis; Surgical Induction of Endometriosis in the Rat; In Vitro Fertilization in the Human and Animals; Folliculogenesis

WVU Courses Taught as Co-Instructor

OB 741, 3rd year clerkship in Ob/Gyn; Residence Conference in Ob/Gyn
Animal Physiology 726, Endocrinology of Reproduction Animal Physiology
AVS 402, Values and Ethics in Science
Animal Physiology 424, Physiology of Reproduction
Law 769, BioMedical Ethics in Family Law
CCMD 730, Human Function

Professional Experience

Chairman and Professor, WVU Dept of Ob/Gyn (2007-present)
Interim Chairman and Professor WVU Dept of Ob/Gyn (2006)
Professor and IVF Lab Director WVU Dept of Ob/Gyn (2002-2006)
Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology Labs at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA and Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University (1998-2002)
Board Certification as HCLD in Embryology and Andrology (1994)
Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology Labs at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, KY and Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky (1992-98)
Tenured Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of IVF Labs at the University of Kentucky Medical Center (1981-92)

Representative Publications

Elkind-Hirsch KE, Webster BW, Brown CP, Vernon MW. Concurrent ganirelix and follitropin beta therapy is an effective and safe regimen for ovulation induction in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertil Steril. 2003 Mar;79(3):603-7.

Lingenfelter BM, Dailey RA, Inskeep EK, Vernon MW, Poole DH, Rhinehart JD, Yao J. Changes of maternal transcripts in oocytes from persistent follicles in cattle. Mol Reprod Dev. 2007 Mar;74(3):265-72.

Flores I, E Rivera, Ruiz LA., Santiago OI, Vernon MW, Appleyard CB. Molecular profiling of experimental endometriosis identified gene expression patterns in common with human disease. Fertility and Sterility 2007 (87(5): p 1180.

BM Lingenfelter, RZ Dailey, EK Inskeep, MW Vernon, J Yao (2008). Microarray analysis of gene expression in granulosal cells from persistent follicles in cattle. Anim Reprod Sci. 2008 Mar 3;104(2-4):405-13.

C Racowsky, MW Vernon, J Mayer, G Dave Ball, B Behr, K Pomerory, D Wininger, W Gibbons, J Conaghan (2010). Standardization of grading embryo morphology. Fertil Steril. Aug;94(3).

M.W. Vernon, J. Stern, J. Mayer, D. Wininger and C. Racowsky. (2010). Utility of the National Embryo Morphology Data Collection by SART: Correlation Between Morphologic grade and Live Birth. In press in Fertility and Sterility.

M Merzouk, S Garrett-Albaugh, P Courtney, J Hobbs and M.W. Vernon, (2011). Knowledge of HPV in West Virginia high school health students and the effects of an educational tool. In Press in J of Ped and Adolescent Gyn.