Lisa Garcia

Business Coordinator
Basic Science and Translational Research
11.138 Medical Research Bldg.
409-772-7592 Office
409-789-8223 Cell

Click on the (+) below for a short summary of each Investigators area of research interest and expertise:

OBGYN Researchers

  • 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.


  • Menon, Ramkumar

    Ramkumar Menon, PhD
    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
  • 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.

  • Taylor, Brandie DePaoli

    Brandie DePaoli Taylor PHD

    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

  • Vincent, Kathleen

    Kathleen Vincent, MD
    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

Basic Science Faculty Labs


The Menon Lab
The Vincent Lab
The Depaoli Taylor Lab
The Kammala lab

Basic and Translational Research

Director: Dr. Ramkumar Menon, PhD

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Our faculty’s participation in clinical, basic, and translational science research provides our patients access to the most current and effective evidence-based diagnostics and available treatment.  On average, the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is involved with 70 or more research grants each year.

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