|Sarah J. Bacon
Associate Professor of Biology, Mount Holyoke College
Ph.D.: University of Chicago
Human Reproductive Physiology
Bacon is fascinated by the relationship between mother and fetus during pregnancy. "What I'm really interested in is fertility and miscarriage," she says. "Eighty percent of what humans conceive is lost before birth." Bacon says that most pregnancies end before a woman even knows she's pregnant. She's trying to find out why by studying reproduction in rats, which have very similar pregnancies to humans. Bacon also studies the ways in which mother and fetus communicate through the placenta. "It's so powerful, such an enigma," she says. "There's no other relationship that is that physiologically intimate."
Bacon, S. J., S. A. Ellis and D. F. Antczak (2002). "Control of expression of major histocompatibility complex genes in horse trophoblast." Biol Reprod 66(6): 1612-20.
Carpenter, S., J. M. Baker, S. J. Bacon, T. Hopman, J. Maher, S. A. Ellis and D. F. Antczak (2001). "Molecular and functional characterization of genes encoding horse MHC class I antigens." Immunogenetics 53(9): 802-9.
Bacon, S. J. and M. K. McClintock (1999). "Sex ratio bias in postpartum-conceived