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News and Highlights

New Service Offered

The UCSD Perinatal Biorepository provides access to resources for clinical and translational studies on human pregnancy. High quality biospecimens and clinical data from rigorously adjudicated healthy and complicated pregnancies are available to investigators at UCSD and other institutions. For prospective studies, assistance with study design and preparation of regulatory documents, study subject recruitment and enrollment, and a variety of study procedures are available. The Biorepository currently contains:

  • Placental tissue samples compatible with molecular and histologic studies for over 2,500 cases.
  • Maternal serum, plasma, and urine from over 1,000 cases.
  • Cord blood (serum and plasma) from over 300 cases.

Analytical services available include:

  • Detailed histological evaluation of placental tissue
  • Nucleic acid extraction from tissue and biofluid samples.
  • Next-generation sequencing library preparation (including small RNAseq, long RNAseq, single-cell RNAseq, whole genome DNAseq, and whole genome bisulfite sequencing).
  • Analysis of next-generation sequencing data.

The Biorepository is co-directed by Drs. Louise Laurent and Mana Parast. Dr. Laurent is a Maternal Fetal Medicine subspecialist with expertise in genomics, stem cell biology, and extracellular RNA biomarker discovery. Dr. Parast is a Perinatal Pathologist with expertise in placental and stem cell biology.


Congratulations to Ramez N. Eskander, MD, Daphne (Yvette) LaCoursiere, MD, and
Christine B. Miller, MD for being named "Top Docs" in San Diego Magazine's 2019 annual "Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" survey.


The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body and is seeking board certified physicians at the level of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM), Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), Gynecologic Oncology (GynOnc), Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS), or general Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN).

Candidates must have a MD, PhD in areas of Reproductive Medicine or MD/PhD, be board eligible or board certified. Candidates with an MD must have or be able to obtain an active license to practice medicine in California.

The appropriate series and appointment at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level will be based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

A link to full descriptions of each series is provided for your review:

HS Clinical Professor - see: http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-278.pdf
Clinical X Professor - see: http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-275.pdf
Adjunct Professor – see: http://ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-280.pdf
In-Residence Professor - see: http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-270.pdf

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales. Appointments may require candidates to be self-funded.

Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego's Academic Personnel RECRUIT system at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF02054.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veterans status.


The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences is recruiting an experienced Research Scientist.

click here to view the full announcement (02052) 

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences is recruiting an experienced Project Scientist.

click here to view the full announcement (02030)


Congratulations!  In her first political outing, Akilah Weber, MD,  our department's faculty member and pediatric gynecologist, bested two incumbents with the most votes in La Mesa, where two City Council seats were being chosen. 


Congratulations to Ramez N. Eskander, MD, Daphne (Yvette) LaCoursiere, MD, and
Christine B. Miller, MD for being named "Top Docs" in San Diego Magazine's annual "Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" survey.


Congratulions to Pamela Mellon, PhD for receiving the 2017 Bernice Grafstein Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Mentoring. The award recognizes an individual who has shown dedication to mentoring female neuroscientists and to facilitating their entry or retention in the field. Pam has successfully trained and mentored more than 200 faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and masters and undergraduate students.

Congratulations to Mimi Lukacz, Linda Brubaker and their urology colleagues, Mike Albo and Yahir Santiago-Lastra for their excellent review article on Urinary Incontinence published in October 2017's JAMA. This article took a tremendous effort by these faculty members and is a truly valuable clinical reference for anyone taking care of women with incontinence. Please join us in congratulating them.