Asgerally (Asgi) Fazleabas

Asgerally (Asgi) Fazleabas
  • MSU Foundation Professor, University Distinguished Professor
  • Associate Chair of Research
  • Director of Women's Health Research


Asgi Fazleabas is an internationally recognized expert on endometriosis, a chronic and painful disease that affects six to ten percent of all women of reproductive age and more than 176 million worldwide, and on infertility. His research, which has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1986, has led to important findings about the mechanisms that contribute to the development of endometriosis, as well as its impact on fertility. 

Fazleabas received his undergraduate degree from California State University in Fresno and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He completed his post-doctoral training at the University of Florida. He began his academic career at the University of Illinois College Of Medicine in Chicago in 1983, where he was Professor of Physiology and Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Reproduction. He joined MSU in 2009 and was designated as a University Distinguished Professor in 2017.

In 2008-2009, Fazleabas was President of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, the leading international society for basic research in the reproductive sciences. He received the society’s Research and Distinguished Service awards and was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on and chaired study sections for the NIH and is sought after as a speaker at national and international meetings on reproductive health. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed manuscripts based on his research.