Pioneer in Reproductive Endocrinology Dies at 82
Leading Researcher Dr. Brij B. Saxena Dedicated More Than 45 years to Weill Cornell Medical College and Discovery Research
NEW YORK (August 21, 2012) — A pioneer in reproductive endocrinology, Dr. Brij B. Saxena, the Harold and Percy Uris Professor of Reproductive Biology and professor of endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, passed away on July 30. Dr. Saxena, who joined the Medical College faculty in 1966, dedicated more than 45 years of service to Weill Cornell and discovery research.
|Dr. Brij B. Saxena|
Dr. Saxena was a leading researcher in the field of reproductive endocrinology as a highly-respected inventor, mentor and researcher. Dr. Saxena's research focused on understanding the endocrine, immunological and molecular mechanisms involved in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal regulation and control of gonadal function, as well as the development of new drugs and drug delivery systems.
One of his most notable research discoveries was the isolation of the lutroprin receptor, which led to the development of ovulation detection and the first early reliable home pregnancy test during the 1970s. His research findings also included the discovery of the correlation between daily blood levels of FSH and LH with gonadal steroids in the regulation of the menstrual cycle. Dr. Saxena's research provided the hallmark of early diagnosis and management of gonadal dysfunction, gene mutation, pregnancy and in-vitro fertilization.
Dr. Saxena joined the Weill Cornell Medical College faculty as associate professor of biochemistry in the Department of Medicine in 1966. He was later appointed to associate professor of endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1970. In 1976, he was named professor of endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was later named the Harold and Percy Uris Professor of Reproductive Biology in 2001 by Dr. Frank A. Chervenak, the Given Foundation Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell.
At the University of Lucknow in India Dr. Saxena completed his undergraduate degree in 1949, his Masters of Science in 1951 and graduated in 1954 with a Ph.D. in biochemistry. In 1957, he received his Doctor of Sciences degree from the University of Muenster, Germany, followed by a Ph.D. in biochemistry and endocrinology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1961.
Dr. Saxena, who was born in India in 1930 and resided in Englewood, New Jersey, is survived by his wife Anjali Saxena, who is professor emeritus at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey; his son Ranjeet Saxena, his son's daughter Jaya and her mother Beth Johnson; and his other son Sanjeet Saxena, his wife Rochelle and their daughters Kiara and Alika.
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