TTUHSC Faculty Members Earn 2020 Star Award from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Lindsay Penrose, Ph.D. and Samuel Prien, Ph.D.

Lindsay Penrose, Ph.D. and Samuel Prien, Ph.D. (Group photo taken prior to COVID-19 pandemic.)

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has awarded an ASRM Star Award to a pair of faculty from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine. The honorees include Samuel Prien, Ph.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Lindsay Penrose, Ph.D., an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

The ASRM Star Awards are presented annually to recognize members who have dedicated hours of time and service to shape ASRM into the leading society for reproductive medicine. The Star Award specifically recognizes members who have presented during at least nine of the ASRM Annual Meetings/ASRM Scientific Congresses from 2010-2020.

Samuel Prien, Ph.D.

“It's a nice recognition of continual research effort in the field,” Prien said. “This is actually the ninth year I've received this award. If you look back at their requirement for the award, I've actually done it 27 out of 30 years.”

The 2020 ASRM Star Award is the first for Penrose, who earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in animal and food sciences from Texas Tech University. She has worked in the laboratory with Prien since 2002.

Lindsay Penrose, Ph.D.

“It's just a big honor that we've done enough quality work to be accepted to the meetings so many times,” Penrose said. “I'm really excited to get the award and to have been able to have enough quality research to be accepted nine out of the last 10 years.”

Prien also serves as director of the school’s Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) laboratory program, which conducts hormone testing, semen testing and advanced laboratory-based infertility treatment.

“The ART laboratory performs all of the state-of-the-art laboratory procedures collective known as assisted reproductive technologies, which is what most people think of as in vitro fertilization or test-tube babies,” Prien added.


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