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OBGYN Researchers

  • Adekanmbi, Victor


    Adekanmbi, Victor PhD
    Assistant Professor

    RESEARCH
  • Ahmed, Mahmoud S.

    MAhmedMahmoud S. Ahmed, PhD 
    Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    The goal of our research program is to make more of the current medications available for treatment of the pregnant patient. This goal is achieved by two major projects namely, clinical and translational. The clinical is to determine the pharmacokinetics of the medication during pregnancy. The translational is to understand the role of human placenta in regulating fetal exposure to the medication throughout gestation.   Research

  • Baumler, Elizabeth
    Guillot-Wright

    Elizabeth Baumler PhD
    Associate Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Our research focuses on adolescent health and interpersonal relationships, with a particular emphasis on adolescent relationship abuse.  
    Research
  • Berenson, Abbey
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    Abbey Berenson MD, PhD
    Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Our research has focused over the past 25 years on a variety of issues related to women’s health across the lifespan. Currently, we are focusing on issues related to cancer prevention and family planning.  Research
  • Chen, Lu
    Moralez

    Lu Chen MPH
    Biostatistician
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Lu Chen obtained her master’s degree in Public Health - Biostatistics from The Ohio State University in 2017.  She has been working as a biostatistician in academia ever since.  Lu joined the School‐Based Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Program in 2020. As a biostatistician, her main duties include data quality control and cleaning based on designed procedures, analyzing data using appropriate statistical methods, creating tables and figures for reports and manuscripts.

  • Clark, Shannon
    Clark

    Shannon M. Clark MD
    Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    I am the primary investigator for The Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Center (OPRC) Network, sponsored by the NICHD and focuses on pharmacologic outcomes in pregnant women. I am interested in maternal disease, fetal abnormalities and pharmacology in pregnancy.   Research
  • Garces, Nadia
    Nadia Garces

    Nadia Garces MA
    Research Coordinator
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Nadia was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She has a degree of Medical Assistant and 15 years of experience with nonprofits, and three years working with our school-based program. Helping others in the community is her passion and calling. As a research coordinator, she works closely with the team to make sure we are successfully implementing strategies for our CPRIT project, “School-Based Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Program.” Nadia works with school nurses, parent educators, and principals from the Middle School that she oversees and vendor (Pro-Care) coordinating monthly vaccine clinics. She is responsible for data collection, data input, documenting the students who started the first dose or finished the second and third doses of their mandatory vaccines and HPV. Nadia also works on parent education and helps the Project Manager with Spanish presentations for parents. In addition, she assists the Program Director, coordinates events, and creates flyers for the school nurses and staff in charge of the school website to have that information ready for parents. Nadia is also responsible for record reconciliation and making phone calls to parents of students pending vaccines to verify whether they are up to date and give them information about vaccines and our upcoming events.

  • Guo, Fangjian

    Fangjian Guo MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor

    RESEARCH
  • J. Montealegre
    J. Montealegre

    Jane Montealegre, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Pediatrics

    Jane Montealegre, PhD is a Behavioral Epidemiologist in Baylor College of Medicine with research interests in health disparities, access to and utilization of preventive healthcare services among immigrants and racial/ethnic minorities, and epidemiological methods to access hard-to-reach populations.

  • K. Schmeler
    K. Schmeler

    Kathleen Schmeler, MD
    Professor
    Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine

    Kathleen Schmeler, MD is a Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Chief of Service, ad interim, of the Gynecologic Oncology service at our partner public institution, Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Hospital.

  • Kammala, Ananth


    Ananth Kumar Kammala PHD
    Assistant Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    My interest in research began as an undergraduate student in Pharmaceutical sciences while in the pharmacology lab recording smooth muscle contractions. However, it was not until I started my master’s in pharmacology that the desire to understand the basic mechanisms of drug actions and different phases of drug development took off. My passion was to establish pharmacokinetic parameters of ayurvedic formulations of the Indian system of medicine. Later, I had an opportunity with Traditional Chinese medicine at Hong Kong Baptist University. I have worked in Immunology to understand the mechanism of mast cells responses in Anaphylaxis and Allergic asthma at Michigan State University. Dr. Menon's Lab provided me with an amazing opportunity to establish the pharmacokinetic parameters for the exosomes which is a novel drug delivery system to treat preterm birth delivery. This research will allow for a better understanding of novel drug therapeutics which crosses the blood-brain barrier or blood-placenta barrier and provide the foundation for the development of novel therapies for preterm birth.

    BIO  |  RESEARCH

  • Lincoln, Maria
    Maria Lincoln

    Maria Lincoln MED
    Research Coordinator
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Maria F. Lincoln is the Research Coordinator for the School-Based Human Papilloma Virus program from the Rio Grande Valley. She has been part of this program and University for more than two years. Maria has a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology from Texas A&M University- Kingsville, and a Master of Education in Special Education from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. As a research coordinator, she works closely with the team to ensure we are doing a great job implementing strategies for our CPRIT project, “School-Based Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Program”. Maria works with school nurses, parent educators, and principals from the Middle School that she oversees and vendor (Pro-Care) when it comes to coordinating monthly vaccine clinics. She is responsible for data collection, data input, documenting of students who started the first dose or finished the second and third doses of their mandatory vaccines and HPV. Maria also works on parent education and helps the Project Manager with Spanish presentations for parents. In addition, she assists the Program Director with data entry for the team’s daily activity tracking sheets, coordinates events, creates flyers for the school nurses and staff, and is in charge of the school website so that they can have that information ready for parents. Maria is responsible for record reconciliation and making phone calls to parents of students’ pending vaccines to verify if they are up to date if not, and to give them information about vaccines and our events.

  • Maria Jibaja
    Maria Jibaja

    Maria Jibaja-Weiss, M.Ed, E.dD
    Director
    Office of Outreach and Health Disparities

    Maria Jibaja-Weiss, M.Ed, E.dD is the Director Office of Outreach and Health Disparities at Baylor College of Medicine, Dan L Duncan Cancer Center.

  • Menon, Ramkumar
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    Ramkumar Menon, PhD
    Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Various projects in my lab are designed to understand the pathobiology of preterm birth. We study mechanism of fetal tissue aging, feto-maternal cell signaling using state of the art organ-on-chip technology and intercellular communication by extracellular vesicles (EVs). We are also conducting preclinical trials to reduce preterm birth risk using drugs delivered using EVs.  Research
  • Moralez, Jesus
    Jesus Moralez

    Jesus Moralez, MPH
    Compliance Manager
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Jesus Moralez has 7 years of public health experience in areas of chronic disease and disease prevention. He is a Texas A&M University alumnus with a master’s degree in Public Health. His academic interests include research in effective methods for chronic disease prevention and behavioral health promotion. As the compliance manager, Jesus assists with preparing forms for submission to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and keeping up with regulatory IRB and school board requirements related to the program at all school districts involved with this proposal. He assists our Regional Research Manager with the preparation of quarterly and annual reports as per funding requirements. He serves as a liaison between partner organizations for the transference and the subsequent cleaning, management, and pooling of data. He participates in team meetings and prepares data for progress reports and publications. He also assists with the preparation of flyers and other educational materials for distribution at educational/vaccination events. Jesus helps implement quality improvement activities. He assists the Project Manager full-time with the dissemination and implementation of the project at the different middle schools described in this project. Jesus schedules meetings, educational sessions, and vaccination events; recruits and provides a follow-up with students, conducts investigations, and makes process recommendations for the six school districts. He helps with project tasks, including project coordination and completing study-related data collection and documentation, e.g., policies and procedures for team members.

  • Nanovskaya, Tatiana
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    Tatiana Nanovskaya PhD
    Associate Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Our goals for the investigation is to examine preliminary safety and efficacy of bupropion sustained release (SR) to help pregnant women stop smoking. We are determining whether bupropion SR reduces cigarette craving and withdrawal symptoms during pregnancy. This research is necessary for development of medications to treat pregnant smokers. Research
  • Olson, Gayle
    Olson

    Gayle Olson MD
    Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Pacheco, Luis D.

    Luis D. Pacheco Md
    Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology



    CLINICAL RESEARCH

  • Quintanilla, Martin
    Martin Quintanilla

    Martin Quintanilla
    Data Coordinator
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Martin Quintanilla has a bachelor’s in Health Medical Management. He is the new Data coordinator for the RGV team, based out of Galveston. His duties consist of reconciling the students’ records who have had vaccines into the system and ensuring we have the correct and most updated information on each record. He also assists in helping with the teams’ goal to help vaccinate the students and keep them up to date. He helps assist the Project’s team by working at the school districts. He helps the Project Manager with the dissemination and implementation of the Project at the different middle schools. Martin is responsible for scheduling meetings, educational sessions, and events, recruiting and follow-up with students, conducting investigations and making process recommendations for the school districts. Additionally, he helps with project tasks, including project coordination and completing study-related data collection and documentation, e.g., policies and procedures for team members.

  • Richard Rupp
    Richard Rupp

    Richard Rupp, MD
    Professor
    Pediatrics

    Richard Rupp, MD is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Adolescent and Behavioral Health. He is also the Director of Clinical Trials Program for UTMB’s Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences and serves as Medical Director of Teen Health Center, Inc. (school‐based clinics providing quality, affordable medical and mental health care for ages 0–21 years).

  • Richardson, Lauren
    Lauren Richardson

    Lauren Richardson, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    My research focuses on bridging the gap between bench-to-bedside research by merging advanced engineering and biology concepts. The goal of my research is twofold. One, to utilize microfluidic devices to collect underutilized biological fluids for biomarker screening, and two, to develop novel organ-on-chip devices that physiologically recreate in utero organs and organ systems. These devices are primed to replace traditional research approaches, limit animal models for research, and speed up preclinical experiments to get the drugs to clinical trials at a much faster pace.
      Research

  • Rivera, Iris

    RodriquezIris Rivera
    Research Coordinator

    Obstetrics and GynecologyIris Rivera is our Research Coordinator and administrative support. She has been working with the program since 2018 in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at UTMB. She graduated from Ashford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Public Relations. Under the Program Director, she assists the Research Program Manager and Compliance Manager, as well as the rest of the team members. She ensures the team has all the necessary tools to collaborate in the program and remain in compliance with all IRB’s requirements.

  • Rodriguez, Ana M.
    Rodriquez

    Ana M. Rodriguez MD, MPH
    Associate Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Dr. Rodriguez is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Gynecology, and Section of Minimally Invasive Gynecology & Research and a Public Health Practitioner. In addition to significant clinical and educational contributions to our institution and upholding a busy clinical and surgical practice, she is making meaningful contributions in the area of gynecological cancer prevention. Specifically, her research and clinical practice focus on the prevention and treatment of pre-cancerous cervical lesions due to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and endometrial cancer precursors. Her emerging leadership in gynecological cancer prevention, particularly HPV-related diseases and cancer, along with the study of health disparities, is highlighted by her current efforts in developing and implementing HPV vaccination programs serving predominantly high-risk populations in Texas. Dr. Rodriguez is the Program Director of the “School‐Based Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Program in the Rio Grande Valley” initially implemented in Starr County in 2016. At least 1,896 students were vaccinated against HPV through the initial school-based program. To date, this model is expanding into other counties in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), including Jim Hogg, Zapata, Starr, and Hidalgo. This is the first school-based HPV vaccination program in the RGV area and one of the first in Texas targeting the recommended age group for HPV vaccination and including both females and males. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez is a collaborator of the project “Improving Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention in the Lower Rio Grande Valley through Public Outreach, Patient Navigation, and Telementoring.” She also co‐directs the teleECHO clinics for this project.

    Dr. Rodriguez, well-funded research portfolio includes grants from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging, in addition to grants from UTMB’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, the Raul Tijerina, Jr. Foundation and MD Anderson’s HPV Vaccination Initiative.

    Dr. Rodriguez is a member of many national and international scientific societies and professional organizations, including the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, International Papillomavirus Society, and International Gynecologic Cancer Society. She is also a member of the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences at UTMB, which is part of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHO CC) for vaccine research, evaluation, and training. Research

  • Rytting, Erik
    Dr Rytting

    Erik Rytting PhD
    Associate Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Our research seeks to improve therapeutic options when medication must be administered during pregnancy.  This includes understanding drug transfer across the placenta, pharmacokinetic studies to predict appropriate doses, and the development of nanomedicine for targeted drug delivery.  Research
  • Saad, Tony
    Saad

    Tony Saad Md
    Associate professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Saade, George
    Saade

    George Saade, MD PhD
    Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Our research focus is on how pregnancy affects long-term health for the mother and the child. I am also involved in multi-center clinical trials that test various interventions to improve pregnancy outcomes.   Research
  • Taylor, Brandie DePaoli

    Brandie DePaoli Taylor PHD
    Associate Professor

    Our research is focused on understanding the interplay between placental microvesicles, the maternal immune system and preeclampsia.  Our goal is to incorporate biomarker data in epidemiologic investigations to improve preeclampsia subtype discrimination. In addition, we conduct research focused on the impact of common sexually transmitted infections such as Chlamydia trachomatis and Mycoplasma genitalium on pregnancy loss and adverse pregnancy outcomes.  RESEARCH

  • Temple, Jeff
    Temple

    Jeffrey Temple PhD
    Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Our research focuses on adolescent health and interpersonal relationships, with a particular emphasis on adolescent relationship abuse. He is the PI on Dating It Safe, which is one of the longest-running studies to explicitly investigate the development and risk and protective factors of teen dating violence. Using data from his ongoing study, Dr. Temple is also developing, adapting, and testing school-based healthy relationship curriculum.   Research
  • Tijerina, Iris
    Tijerina, Iris L.

    Iris Tijerina, MPH
    Regional Research Program Manager
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Iris L. Tijerina, MPH is our Regional Research Program Manager in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at UTMB. She has 7 years of experience in research, public health, and a concentration on Health Promotion and Community Health Science. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Master’s in Public Health. She works with the Program Director, Compliance Manager, and project team members. She oversees all data collection and participates in program implementation and evaluation activities for six school districts. She participates in team meetings and submits data for progress reports and publications. Iris handles issues with scheduling outreach activities for educational sessions and determining students’ eligibility for HPV vaccination and follow-up. She reviews vaccination data and helps schedule and/or navigates appointments for students to complete HPV vaccination. Iris also oversees the activities at the 16 middle schools in six school districts across four counties in the RGV with an estimated current enrollment of 11,162 students. In her role, she develops research strategies, design methods for evaluating the effectiveness of the projects, oversees coordinators’ tasks, and is responsible for research, planning, and implementing new approaches to reach goals and objectives.

  • Vincent, Kathleen
    Vincent

    Kathleen Vincent, MD
    Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Our research focuses on application of biomedical engineering technologies to women’s health research.  I utilize imaging from the cellular level to whole body imaging for the study of maternal-fetal health, obesity, benign gynecologic disorders, bacterial vaginosis, and vaginal drug delivery.  Additionally, I collaborate with women’s health researchers to bring novel technologies into their field of research.   Research
  • Wang, Xiao-Ming
    Dr Wang

    Xiao-ming wang PhD, MS
    Assistant Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Our research seeks to improve therapeutic options when medication must be administered during pregnancy. This includes understanding drug transfer across the placenta, pharmacokinetic studies to predict appropriate doses, and the development of nanomedicine for targeted drug delivery.  Research
  • Wood, Leila
    Wood

    Leila Wood PhD 
    Associate Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Our research focuses on adolescent health and interpersonal relationships, with a particular emphasis on adolescent relationship abuse.
    RESEARCH
  • Yong-fang Kuo
    Kuo, Yong-fang

    Yong-fang Kuo, PhD
    Professor and Director
    Office of Biostatistics

    Yong-fang Kuo, PhD is a Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and Director of Office Biostatistics. She has broad experience in studying healthcare utilization, healthcare delivery systems, and health outcomes.

  • Zhang, Yuanyi
    Zhang

    Yuanyi Zhang PHD
    Biostatistician
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Yuanyi Zhang is a biostatistician in the Office of Biostatistics at UTMB. He graduated from UT Dallas with a PhD in computer science. He has more than 10 years of experience in database development and management,  data warehouse design and development, cloud computing, public health, and concentration on health education, promotion, and prevention (especially for rural, underserved, and underrepresented populations). He works together with the field team and the data management team on the implementation of an ETL-based data warehouse with data collection interfaces, data pipeline with ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) functions, automated quality control processes, and standardized reporting tools by using SQL Server, Redcap, ASP.NET, and Python, etc. The data warehouse serves as the data management solution for the program with security controls and regulatory compliances.

Research

NCT Number Reference Table Lookup

In July 2005, the  National Library of Medicine began to include the ClinicalTrials.gov registry number in the MEDLINE record when the number is published as part of the original paper. The format for the ClinicalTrials.gov registry number is “NCT” followed by an 8-digit number, e.g: NCT00000419”. The NCT Number is the ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier Number.

ClinicalTrials.gov provides patients, their family members, and the public with easy and free access to information on clinical studies for a wide range of diseases and conditions. A clinical trial is a research study using human volunteers to answer specific health questions. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) has required that all clinical trials be publicly registered before papers reporting the results of the clinical trial are submitted and accepted for publication. See the ICMJE Web site for their editorial and updates on clinical trial registration.

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NCT NumberStudy TitleTitle Acronym
NCT02901626A Randomized Trial of Pessary in Singleton Pregnancies With a Short CervixTOPS
NCT02518594A Trial of Pessary and Progesterone for Preterm Prevention in Twin Gestation With a Short Cervix(PROSPECT)PROSPECT
NCT03386240Antibacterial-coated Sutures at Time of CesareanASTC
NCT03887299Antimicrobial Dressing Versus Standard Dressing in Obese Women Undergoing Cesarean DeliveryELOQUEST DRESSING
NCT02299414Chronic Hypertension and Pregnancy (CHAP) ProjectCHAP
NCT03665688Comparing Outpatient to Inpatient Cervical Ripening Using DilapanHOMECARE
NCT03487185Continuous Positive Airway Pressure(CPAP) for Sleep Apnea in PregnancySLEEP
NCT03510260Electronic Confirmed Versus Conventional Consenting Process: A Randomized Controlled TrialECCCO
NCT03450408Foley Bulb Insertion Method: Blind vs. DirectFrIENDly
NCT02932475Medical Optimization of Management of Type 2 Diabetes Complicating Pregnancy (MOMPOD)MOMPOD
NCT02519790Optimizing Medication Management for Mothers With DepressionOPTI-MOM
NCT03511118Pharmacokinetics and Safety of Commonly Used Drugs in Lactating Women and Breastfed InfantsCUDDLE
NCT03298802Postpartum Management of Hypertension in Pregnancy With HydrochlorothiazideHCTZ
NCT01717586Pravastatin for Prevention of PreeclampsiaStatin
NCT03187106Prophylactic Antibiotics After CesareanPACT
NCT03865901Protocol to Validate the Performance of the Mellitus Glycated CD59 ELISA for Gestational Diabetes ScreeningMELLITUS VALIDATION
NCT03292731Relationship Between Plasma Concentration of Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate (17-OHPC) and Preterm BirthCAPROATE
NCT02883673Safety and Effectiveness of the Jada System in Treating Primary Postpartum HemorrhagePEARLE
NCT03008616Study of the Efficacy and Safety of AMAG-423 (Digoxin Immune Fab) in Antepartum Subjects With Severe PreeclampsiaAMAG DigiFab
NCT03364491Tranexamic Acid for the Prevention of Obstetrical Hemorrhage After CesareanTXA
NCT03060473Treatment of ppROM With Erythromycin vs. Azithromycin TrialTREAT
NCT03388697Validation of a Novel Screening Test for Maternal Insulin ResistanceQUANTOSE
NCT03944512A Randomized Controlled Trial of Pravastatin to Prevent Preeclampsia in High-Risk WomenMFMU PRAVASTATIN

NCT04296396

Opioid Prescription After Cesarean Trial (MFMU PACT)MFMU PACT