Faculty Scholars

Clinical Professors, Roger E. Stevenson, MD at the School of Health Research, Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Celina Checura, DVM, MS, Ph.D., DACT

Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences

Contact: 864-656-5165 or cchecur@clemson.edu

Who is Dr. Checura?

Dr. Checura is a lecturer at Clemson University where she teaches courses in Advanced animal Physiology, Animal Health, and Animal Reproduction. She earned her Médico Veterinario degree (DVM equivalent) in Argentina. She has a master’s degree in physiology from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in endocrinology and reproductive-physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a Diplomate from the American College of Theriogenologist, a veterinarian specialty college dedicated to animal reproduction.

She has a background that combines clinical practice with a strong training in endocrinology and reproductive physiology research, which allows her to be flexible to different areas of research and teaching. During her doctoral work, she studied the interaction between hypothalamic hormones and the molecular players that regulate follicular dynamics. The same hormone families and mechanisms of negative feedback are present in males for the regulation of spermatogenesis.

Additionally, for her master’s and throughout her professional career, she has worked with embryos and in vitro fertilization in domestic animals. Through collaborations, she is now working to determine how the hormones controlling reproduction may be affected by the particular lifestyle of an emergency physician, such as night shifts, high stress environment, burn out, etc. On a different project, she is testing new technologies that could improve in vitro maturation of oocytes and early embryo development for human and domestic animals.

For more information, see her Curriculum Vitae.

How Dr. Checura's research is transforming health care

In collaboration with Clemson researchers and Prisma Health–Upstate physicians, she is researching the effects on reproductive performance of high-demand working conditions, specifically in emergency physicians. The group is trying to first determine the extent of the effects of this particular lifestyle on reproduction, and eventually determine which factors are the most critical ones. Identifying the root of the problem is essential to design recommendations to improve the reproductive health of emergency physician and other high-demand professionals. These recommendations may include the use of assisted reproductive technologies to preserve fertility before it is severely affected. As assisted reproductive technologies and other associated techniques advance, the need to have an efficient system for maturation of oocytes and embryonic development increases. Patients that are facing the loss of future reproductive potential due to lifestyle, cancer treatments, premature ovarian failure, radiation exposure, etc., are looking for new technologies to help them. In collaboration with the Fertility Center of the Carolinas, she is working to advance the knowledge and improve the efficiency of oocyte maturation and embryonic development.

Health Research Expertise Keywords

Reproduction, Endocrinology, Embryology, IVF, Assisted Reproduction Technologies