CIRWH Research Directory A-F

This list of faculty personnel summarizes the breadth of work being conducted in women's health at UTMB.

If you are interested in becoming a CIRWH fellow and would like to request a listing in this directory, please contact Abbey B. Berenson MD, PhD.


SherifSherif Abdel-Rahman, PhD 
Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Understanding the role of polymorphisms (inherited DNA sequence variations) in influencing individual sensitivity to environmental exposures and response to medications; Improving the ability to estimate disease risk in human populations and to develop new modalities.

Contact: 409-772-9111; sabdelra@utmb.edu


PachecoMahmoud S. Ahmed, PhD 
Professor, Maternal Fetal Pharmacology & Bio Dev Lab

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; maahmed@utmb.edu


patelJack Alperin, MD
Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine-Hematology/Oncology

Research Interests: Disorders of blood clotting and transfusion medicine.

Contact: 409-772-1164; jalperin@utmb.edu


photoSoham Al Snih, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences

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

Contact: (409) 747-3580; soalsnih@utmb.edu


Perez-PoloBeth A. Auslander, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics/ Adolescent and Behavioral Health

Research Interests: Adolescent sexual health issues; eating disorders.

Contact: 409-772-2358; baauslan@utmb.edu


photoAlan 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; abarrett@utmb.edu


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

Research Interests: Women's health; Human papillomavirus (HPV), birth control efficacy and side effects; physiology & sexual abuse.

Contact: 409-772-2417; abberens@utmb.edu


borahayMostafa Borahay, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Understanding the pathobiology of gynecologic tumors and the development of novel treatment modalities.

Contact: 409-772-1574; maboraha@utmb.edu


Mahbubur Rahman, MBBS, PhD, MPHPaul 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; pboor@utmb.edu


Nigel Bourne, PhDNigel Bourne, PhD
Professor, Pediatric Vaccinology

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

Contact: 409-747-8144; nibourne@utmb.edu


BrownVeronica Brown, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Health disparities, Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis, Cardiovascular disease, Maternal and Child Health.

Contact: 409-747-4978; vebrown@utmb.edu


Egle Bytautiene MD, PhDEgle Bytautiene MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, OB-GYN Maternal Fetal Medicine

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; egbytaut@utmb.edu


rudkinDr. 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; cechao@utmb.edu


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

Research Interests: Medical Complication of Pregnancy, Morning sickness.

Contact: 409-772-1571; shclark@utmb.edu


marloMarlo Cochran, RNC, WHNP-BC, DNP
Administrative Director, Regional Maternal & Child Health Program

Research Interests: Women's health.

Contact: 409-747-6648; mbcochra@utmb.edu


Leslie Cofie, PhD, MPH, MA
Postdoctoral Fellow; Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Maternal health, pregnancy outcomes, and health risk factors that influence the reproductive health of racial/ethnic minority and immigrant women in the U.S.

Contact: 409-772-8599; lecofie@utmb.edu


magedMaged M. Costantine, MD
Associate Professor; Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

Research Interests: The role of fetal programming and adverse pregnancy complications in children neurodevelopmental disorders, and the role of statins in preventing pregnancy complications.

Contact: 409-747-6647; mmcostan@utmb.edu


photoSharon 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; spetrone@utmb.edu


cunningham2Kathryn 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: 409-772-9640; kcunning@utmb.edu


photoJianli Dong, MD, PhD
Professor, 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; jidong@utmb.edu


ElferinkLisa A. Elferink, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair; Educational Affairs

Research Interests: Biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genomic analyses, and mechanisms of disease.

Contact: 409-747-1748; laelferi@utmb.edu


FalzonMiriam 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; mfalzon@utmb.edu


fuchsErika Fuchs, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Prenatal Tdap/influenza vaccination, HPV vaccination, preventative health care, third party reproduction.

Contact: 409-747-2027; elfuchs@utmb.edu


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