Last modified 02/07/14


Directory of Expertise in Women's Health

This list of over 75 faculty summarizes the breadth of work being conducted in women's health at UTMB. Contact Don Dietiker, x74918, to request a listing in this directory.


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Research Directory A-F

photoMahmoud S. Ahmed, PhD 
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Fetal exposure to medications used during pregnancy in two therapeutic domains namely, opiate agonists used for treatment of the opiate addict; hypoglycemic drugs used in treatment of gestational diabetes; developing new drugs for the treatment of HIV infections and antibodies for treatment of nicotine addiction during pregnancy.

Contact: 409-772-0977;


photoJack Alperin, MD
Professor, Internal Medicine-Hematology/Oncology

Research Interests: Disorders of blood clotting and transfusion medicine.

Contact: 409-772-1164;


photoSoham Al Snih, MD, PhD.
Assistant Professor
Division of Rehabilitation Sciences

Research Interests: Obesity, muscle strength, health outcomes and disability among older Mexican Americans

Contact: (409) 747-3580;


photoBeth A. Auslander, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics/ Adolescent and Behavioral Health

Research Interests: Adolescent sexual health issues; eating disorders.

Contact: 409-772-2358;


Alan Barrett, MD
Director, Sealy Center for Vaccine Development; John S. Dunn Distinguished Chair in Biodefense; Professor, Dept of Pathology

Research Interests: Dr. Barrett’s research interests are the molecular basis of pathogenesis and vaccine development focusing on tick-borne encephalitis, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile and yellow fever.

Contact: 409-772-6662;


photoAbbey B. Berenson, MD, PhD
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Director of the Division of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology; CIRWH Director

Research Interests: Women's health; birth control efficacy and side effects; physiology & sexual abuse.

Contact: 409-772-2417;


photoPaul Boor, MD
Professor, Pathology

Research Interests: Oxidative stress in early atherosclerosis; fetal basis of dissecting aortic aneurysm; role of the connective tissue enzyme, SSAO, in human burn wound healing

Contact: 409-772-2813;


photoNigel Bourne, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Research Interests: Herpes simplex; and vaccine and other preventive measures against genital infection.

Contact: 409-747-8144;


Egle Bytautiene MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: The effects of maternal prepregnancy obesity and preeclampsia on long-term maternal and offspring health and obesity during pregnancy and postpartum.

Contact: 409-747-5139;


photoDr. Celia Chao
Assistant Professor Department of Surgery
Member, Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology

Research Interests: The study of signal transduction of gut peptide hormones as it relates to breast cancer and colon cancer.

Contact: 409-772-0698;


clarkShannon Clark, MD
Associate Professor, OB-GYN Maternal Fetal Medicine

Research Interests: Medical Complication of Pregnancy, Morning sickness.

Contact: 409-772-1571;


croisantSharon Croisant MS, PhD
Associate Professor, Preventative Medicine & Community Health

Research Interests: Translational or integrative research, i.e., building interfaces between and among environmental research, education, and community health.

Contact: 409-772-9133;


photoKathryn Cunningham, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology

Research Interests: Neural mechanisms underlying the effects of abused drugs; Serotonin; Etiology of psychotic (e.g., schizophrenia) and affective disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression); Behavioral neuropharmacology of cocaine & (MDMA; “ecstacy”) Modulation of stimulant-induced behaviors by female sex hormones.

Contact: 409-772-9629;


dongJianli Dong, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology; Director Molecular Diagnostics Divsion

Research Interests: research and development of molecular assays as diagnostic, predictive, and prognostic markers for various diseases.

Contact: 409-772-4866;


Miriam Falzon, PhDMiriam Falzon, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology

Research Interests: Parathyroid hormone-related peptide (PTHrP); human cancers; including breast, prostate, lung and renal carcinomas; Vitamin D .

Contact: 409-772-9638;


photoJean Freeman, PhD
Grace Bucksch Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor in Aging, Department of Internal Medicine (Geriatrics) and Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health (Epidemiology & Biostatistics)

Research Interests: Health services research; Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs); variations in the utilization and outcomes of hospital care; use of administrative datasets (Medicare data and tumor registry data) to assess the quality of breast cancer care; factors associated with quality care; use and outcomes of mammography services in older women.

Contact: 409-772-6797;


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