Bio for Zaher Merhi, M.D. Zaher Merhi, M.D.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences Contact Information E-mail: email@example.comPhone: 802-847-3450Office Location: Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, FAHC - Smith 402, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401 Education2012 Clinical Fellow - Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY2009 Postdoctoral Fellow - Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY2007 Residency - Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY2003 Internship - American University of Beirut, Lebanon2002 M.D. - American University of Beirut, Lebanon1998 B.S. - American University of Beirut, LebanonResearch InterestsDr. Merhi’s research interests are the impact of obesity and surgical weight loss on female reproduction and the physiologic relevance of obesity in ovarian function. Current research in his laboratory focuses on alterations of different gene expression in granulose cells of obese women undergoing in vitro fertilization.Awards and Honors2013 New Investigator Award, American Society of Reproductive Medicine2012 Young Research Investigator Award, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY2005, 2007 The Ralph Wynn Award; Teaching Resident Award. Department of OB/Gyn, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NYPublicationsMerhi Z, Irani M, Doswell AD, Ambroggio J. Follicular Fluid Soluble Receptor for Advanced Glycation End-Products (sRAGE): A Potential Indicator of Ovarian Reserve. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Dec 20:jc20133839. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24276462.Merhi Z. Advanced glycation end products and their relevance in female reproduction. Hum Reprod. 2014 Jan;29(1):135-45. doi: 10.1093/humrep/det383. Epub 2013 Oct 30. PubMed PMID: 24173721.Merhi Z, Zapantis A, Berger DS, Jindal SK. Determining an anti-Mullerian hormone cutoff level to predict clinical pregnancy following in vitro fertilization in women with severely diminished ovarian reserve. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2013 Oct;30(10):1361-5. doi: 10.1007/s10815-013-0077-z. Epub 2013 Aug 21. PubMed PMID: 23963620; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3824854.Merhi ZO, Keltz J, Zapantis A, Younger J, Berger D, Lieman HJ, Jindal SK, Polotsky AJ. Male adiposity impairs clinical pregnancy rate by in vitro fertilization without affecting day 3 embryo quality. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Aug;21(8):1608-12. doi: 10.1002/oby.20164. Epub 2013 Jun 11. PubMed PMID: 23754329.Merhi Z, Buyuk E, Berger DS, Zapantis A, Israel DD, Chua S Jr, Jindal S. Leptin suppresses anti-Mullerian hormone gene expression through the JAK2/STAT3 pathway in luteinized granulosa cells of women undergoing IVF. Hum Reprod. 2013 Jun;28(6):1661-9. doi: 10.1093/humrep/det072. Epub 2013 Mar 15. PubMed PMID: 23503941.See PubMed listing here.