Professor Asgerally Turbally Fazleabas

For his excellence in the research of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.

Professor Asgerally (Asgi) Fazleabas has been Awarded the Lifetime Achievement for specializing in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology and has achieved National Prominence and Influence in Women’s Health Research.

Prof. Fazleabas received his early education at St Joseph’s College, Colombo, then at St. Thomas’ College, Gurutalawa, and Mt. Lavinia. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University in Fresno, California, and his Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Reproductive Physiology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Florida, Gainesville. In 1985, Prof. Fazleabas became an Assistant Prof. in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He quickly moved through the academic ranks, becoming a full Professor in 1995.

He served as Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Reproduction at the University of Illinois from 2002 to 2009. In 2009, Prof. Fazleabas was recruited to the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University to elevate women’s health research. His significant contributions have resulted in the department being recognized as a national leader by several benchmarks, including being ranked in the country’s top 5 of 136 departments with NIH funding for the last seven years. Professor Fazleabas’ influence has significantly improved women’s health training and research in uterine biology and the clinical translation to human implantation failure and endometriosis at Michigan State University.

His accomplishments and the significance of his work in moving the field forward have been recognized at several levels. He has received many awards, including the National Institutes of Health Beacon Award (2005), the Distinguished Research Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction (2010), election as a Fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science (2011), World Class University Professor (2013) from Seoul National University, Korea, the Distinguished Service Award (2016) and the Carl G. Hartman Award (2021) from Society for the Study of Reproduction. In 2017 and 2018, he was recognized as a University Distinguished Professor and MSU Foundation Professor at Michigan State University. In addition, his alma mater – The University of Illinois, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, recognized him with a Career Achievement Award in 2020.

Prof. Fazleabas is the University Distinguished Professor, MSU Foundation Professor, Associate Chair for Research for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology, Director for Women’s Health, Co-Director, Reproductive and Development Sciences Program at the Michigan State University.

Sri Lanka Foundation would like to Thank and Acknowledge Prof. Fazleabas as it is evident that he has distinguished himself and dedicated his life to a sustained record of selfless teaching, service, and pioneering research in reproduction and developmental biology in Women’s Health.