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.
Research Directory P-Z
Luis Pacheco, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and anesthesiology
Research Interests: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, maternal hypo/hypertension, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus.
Pooja Rani Patel, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Research Interests: Adolescent Contraception, Cervical Dysplasia, DNA Damage and Mutagenesis in Gynecologic Cancers.
M. Kristen Peek, PhD
Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
Research Interests: Aging and health disparities; mental and physical health in late life; marriage and health in late life.
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J. Regino Perez-Polo, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Sealy Center for Molecular Science
Research Interests: Molecular and cellular mechanisms of cell death in trauma to the nervous system. Rational development of intervention cocktails in trauma based on genomic analyses. Role of transcription factors in stress response signal transduction. In vivo gene transfer in trauma. Gender and age effects on responses to stroke.
Contact: 409-772-3667; firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Phillips, RN, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Research Interests: Feminine/maternal adaptation, family development, female body image, maternal depression; maternal identity development; maternal role change;adoptive mothers.
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Richard Pyles, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Research Interests: Evaluation of toll-like receptor responses against sexually-transmitted diseases and utilization of TLR agonists as potential microbicides to protect against STDs. For this work my lab focuses on study of the interaction of herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and 2) and Chlamydia trachomatis with the genital tract of the human host.
Contact: 409-747-8142; firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Obesity; weight loss behaviors; nutritional awareness; body composition; bone density; behavioral risk factors for chronic disease; racial disparity
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Research Interests: Maternal-fetal biology, fetal physiology, integrative physiology, obstetric medicine, uterine biology, reproductive endocrinology, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, cardiovascular biology, endothelial biology, fetal growth and development.
Contact: 409-772-9057; firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Gynecologic Oncology.
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Research Interests: Social gerontology; demography.
Research Interests: Adolescent medicine and mental health, improving immunization rates, and vaccine clinical trials.
Research Interests: Maternal-fetal pharmacology, placental drug transport and permeation, nanoparticle surface modifications to improve drug targeting.
Contact: 409-772-2777; firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Pre-eclampsia; Labor.
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Harold Sandstead, MD
Professor, Preventive Medicine & Community Health
Research Interests: Human nutrition in general with focus on zinc and associated essential metals, e.g., iron and copper; special interest on zinc in pregnancy, growth, development, and neuropsychological function; special interest in bioavailability and prevention of deficiency.
Contact: 409-772-4661; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kwabena Sarpong, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics; Medical Director of Galveston Based Pediatric Clinics
Research Interests: Vaccine safety and clinical trials; Child Maltreatment Services.
Contact: 409-772-1444; email@example.com
Research Interests: Ovarian hormone actions in the brain, specifically their interactions with the molecular, cellular and behavioral responses to psychoactive drugs; developing and employing animal models to study the role of steroid hormones and the reproductive cycle in the etiology of addiction and affective disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Contact: 409-772-9687; firstname.lastname@example.org
Melinda Sheffield-Moore, PhD
Professor, Division of Endocrinology; Director,Translational Technologies Key Resource, Institute of Translational Sciences (ITS); Assistant Program Director, ITS-Clinical Research Center (CRC); Director, Core and Imaging Laboratories, ITS-CRC
Research Interests: The sarcopenia of aging and the cachexia of cancer in humans.
Contact: 409-772-8707; email@example.com
Victor Sierpina, MD
Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Research Interests: procedures training; acupuncture; mind-body medicine; herbal therapies; dietary supplements and nutritional therapies; the therapeutic relationship; and spirituality in healthcare
Contact: 409-772-1847; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pomila Singh, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience & Cell Biology; Member Cell Biology and Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics graduate programs; Edna Seinsheimer Levin Professor of Cancer Studies
Research Interests: Growth factors (progastrins, IGF-II, IGF-BPs) and signalling pathways in colon carcinogenesis and chemoprevention of colon cancers.
Lawrence Sowers, PhD
John Sealy Distinguished Chair for MD/PhD Combined Degree Studies; Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology;
Professor, Pharmacology and Medicine; Director, MD-PhD Combined Degree Program
Research Interests: The chemistry & biology of aberrant DNA; the role of DNA damage in human disease; molecular mechanisms involved in the development of breast cancer.
Jonathan Starkey, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Institute for Translational Sciences & Preventive Medicine and Community Health
Research Interests: The deployment of informatics tools for clinical research and patient care.
Alai Tan, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept of Preventative Medicine & Community Health; Senior Biostatistician, Sealy Center on Aging
Research Interests: Methodology Research (Predictive modeling; Comparing statistical methods in evaluating care utilization or outcomes over time) & Health Services Research (Claims data, Refining health care quality measures).
Contact: 409-266-9668; email@example.com
Jeff Temple, PhD
Associate Professor, OB-GYN Family Violence; Director, Behavioral Health & Research
Research Interests: Teens & technology; Sexting; Dating violence; Verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse.
Contact: 409-747-8560; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Thomas, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Research Interests: Molecular actions and interactions of steroid hormones; effects of ovarian hormones on central serotonergic systems; neuroendocrinological phenomena underlying such problems as depression and drug abuse; behavioral and electrophysiological approaches to assess functional correlates of molecular changes.
Contact: 409-772-1561; email@example.com
Randall Urban, MD
Professor and Chair, Internal Medicine
Director, Endocrinology Fellowship Program
Research Interests: Effects of growth factors on steroidogenesis; the physiological and molecular benefits of androgen therapy in older men and women; effects of thiazolidinediones on reproductive function and growth of cancer cells; and neuroendocrine dysfunction in people after closed-head injury; reproductive endocrinology; diabetes; and thyroid disease.
Contact: 409-772-1176; firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Obesity; disordered eating behaviors; body image; sociocultural influences on problematic eating; family, peer, and media influences on eating and activity; weight teasing; weight bias.
Contact: 409-772-3997; email@example.com
Research Interests: Applying biomedical technologies to women’s health research; medications to prevent HIV & STD; pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics studies of vaginally applied drugs.
Contact: 409-772-2610; firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatric disorders; psychotherapy; psychopharmacology.
Contact: 409-747-8330; email@example.com
Cheryl S.Watson, PhD
Professor, Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics
CIRWH Associate Director of Basic Science Research
Research Interests: Identification, characterization, and regulation of a membrane form of the estrogen receptor involved in the instigation of rapid, nongenomic, estrogenic signaling cascades; estrogen-induced rapid release of prolactin, and changes in cell attachment, calcium levels, dopamine uptake and MAP kinases; actions of estrogenic mimetics such as dietary and environmental estrogens.
Contact: 409-772-2382; firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Cross-cultural health service research; cognition and methodology.
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