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Member Faculty


Omonigho Aisagbonhi, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Pathology

Research Interests:  Gynecologic and perinatal pathology, post-partum preeclampsia

https://profiles.ucsd.edu/omonigho.aisagbonhi 



Marianna Alperin, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Research Interests: The impact of pregnancy, birth injury, and aging on the structure, function, plasticity , and regenerative potential of the female pelvic soft tissues.




Sarah Averbach, MD

Associate Professor

Division of Family Planning

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Research Interests: Postpartum contraception

https://profiles.ucsd.edu/sarah.averbach 





Jerasimos Ballas, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
Research Interests: Placenta accreta spectrum, treatment of substance use disorders in pregnancy.




Jack Bui, MD, PhD
Professor
Director of Clinical Flow Cytometry, Diagnostic Immunology, and Stem Cell Processing Labs
Department of Pathology
Research Interests: Innate immunity in cancer, infection, and pregnancy




Shaochen Chen, PhD
Professor
Department of Nanoengineering
Research Interests: 3D bioprinting and placenta-on-a-chip




Heidi Cook-Andersen, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Oocyte and embryo development and reprogramming 




Barbara Durrant, PhD
Henshaw Chair, Director of Reproductive Sciences
San Diego Zoo Global
Research Interests: Assisted reproductive technology including artificial insemination, embryo transfer, reproductive cycle manipulation; Gamete collection, evaluation, and cryopreservation; In vitro embryo production; Estrous cycle and pregnancy monitoring through hormone analysis, ultrasound, infrared thermal imaging.   




Pascal Gagneux, PhD
Professor
Department of Pathology
Research Interests: Glycoproteins and glycolipids in mammalian and sexual reproduction




Alon Goren, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Research Interests: Epigenomic mechanisms of disease 




Drew Hall, PhD
Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Interests: Biosensors and technology development




Mariko Horii, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
Research Interests: Understanding pregnancy disorders using a combination of iPSC-based models, clinical data analysis, and RNA profiling




Marni Jacobs, PhD
Assistant Professor 
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Research Interests: Perinatal Epidemiology




Kathryn Johnson, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Research Interests: Newborn medicine and pediatric quality of care.




Andrea Z. LaCroix, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Chief of Epidemiology
Director, Women's Health Center of Excellence
Family Medicine and Public Health
Research Interests:  Epidemiology of women¹s health across the life course




Daphne Yvette Lacoursiere, MD, MPH

Professor

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science

Research interest: Impact of obesity in pregnancy, bladder health in women  

https://profiles.ucsd.edu/daphne.lacoursiere 





Leah Lamale-Smith, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
Research Interests: Biomarkers in Preeclampsia and Fetal Imaging




Amanda Lewis, PhD
Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Research Interests: Mucosal glycobiology and the female urogenital microbiome




Yu-Hwa Lo, PhD
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research interests: Biomedical devices and systems, microfluidics, biophotonics.




Denise Malicki, MD PhD
Professor
Division of Pediatric Pathology
Department of Pathology
Research Interests: Congenital neuromuscular disorders




Krishelle Marc-Aurele MD
Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program 
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Divisions of Neonatology and Palliative Medicine
Research Interests: Perinatal palliative care and bereavement




Gerald Morris, MD PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology
Research Interests: T cell development and function in transplantation and immunologic tolerance.




Susan B. Powell, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Research Interests:  Rodent models of neurodevelopmental disorders




Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Radiology
Research Interests: Advanced MRI techniques for breast, female pelvis, and fetal imaging




Gladys (Sandy) Ramos, MD
Professor
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Research Interests: Diabetes in pregnancy




Kyung (Kay) E. Rhee, MD, MSc, MA
Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Medical Director, Medical Behavioral Unit, Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego
Director of Research, Division of Hospital Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Research Interests:  Novel treatments for pediatric obesity, parenting styles and feeding behaviors, child eating behaviors and cognitive development



Eniko Sajti, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Research Interests:  lung immunity, innate immune system development, lung development, hyperoxia-induced injury, epigenomic mechanisms of disease

https://profiles.ucsd.edu/eniko.sajti 





Jianhua Shao, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Research Interests: Gestational diabetes and fetal programming




Francesca Soncin, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
Research Interests: Trophoblast lineage specification and establishment of the maternal-fetal interface.




Maryam Tarsa, MD
Professor
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
Research Interests: Quality improvement and maternal cardiovascular disorders




Varykina (Kina) Thackray, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
Research Interests: Host/microbe interactions related to sex differences, steroid hormone excess/insufficiency and metabolic dysregulation.




Douglas A. Woelkers, MD 
Professor
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
Research Interests:  Management of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, Investigation of placental growth factors for prediction and diagnosis of preeclampsia




Jared W. Young, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Research Interests:  Cognitive/behavioral impact of environments linked to psychiatric risk factors