The Menon Lab Perinatal Research Lab


Dr. Menon Invited Speaker

-, 2022 Nashville, TN

Dr. Menon is an invited speaker at the American Society for Reproductive Immunology meeting, Nashville, May 2022

Past Events

Dr. Menon to deliver a Lecture at Duke University OBGYN Department on April 6, 2022

Dr. Richardson is the keynote speaker at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX in April 2022

Many of our team members attended the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) in Denver in March of 2022. Click on an image below to blow up and scroll through our gallery.

MenonLab_Events_clip_image002April 2019: PhD defense

Lauren Richardson officially defended her PhD dissertation on April 17, 2019 and will graduate on May 17th. Lauren Richardson has successfully defended her PhD thesis on fetal membrane cellular transitions and its role in maintaining cellular homeostasis and membrane integrity. Lauren graduated a year in advance and has authored 10 first author papers and co-authored another 9 as a part of her thesis work.

APRIL 2019

April 2019: Cell biology symposium

Lauren Richardson, "Progesterone accelerates wound healing in human amniotic epithelial cells through mesenchymal to epithelial transition".  Poster Session

Narmada Lavu, " Oxidative Stress Induced Downregulation of Glycogen Synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) in Fetal Membranes Promotes Cellular Senescence".  Poster Session

Lauren Richardson won 1st place for her poster presentation and the overall Sigma Xi award.
Narmada Lavu won 2nd place for her poster presentation.

MARCH 2019


Samantha Sheller-Miller, “Fetal Immune Cell Trafficking to Maternal Uterine Tissues in Animal Models of Term and Preterm Labor. Society of Reproductive Investigation, Oral Session.

Lauren Richardson, " Amnion Membrane-Organ-On-Chip: An Innovative Approach to Study Cellular Interactions ". Society of Reproductive Investigation, Oral Session.

Lauren Richardson, “Transitioning Amnion Mesenchymal Cells Maintain Fetal Membrane Integrity”. Society of Reproductive Investigation, Poster session.

Poorna Menon, Lauren Richardson, Ramkumar Menon, “The Effects of Extra Cellular Matrix Collagen Rigidity on 3-Dimensional Cultures of Fetal Membrane Cells”, Society of Reproductive Investigation, Poster session.


Under Dr. Menon's guidance, Lauren Richardson's (Graduate student - The Menon lab) leadership, a new Global society, called Fetal Membrane Club has been formed to promote fetal membrane research. Lauren Richardson from The Menon laboratory has been elected as the Society's first Secretary-General.


May 2018

Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health - click to view

May 18, 2018


May 1, 2018

"Exploiting the progesterone conundrum to prevent preterm birth" seminar by guest speaker Dr. Sam Mesiano, May 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm in BSB Auditorium.

April 30, 2018

“Feto-Maternal Exosome Characterization, Trafficking and Function During Pregnancy and Parturition”  dissertation defense by Samantha Sheller-Miller, April 30th at 1:30 pm in BSB Auditorium.

March 2018

Society for reproductive Investigation Meeting, San Diego, CA March 7-10

March 7, 2018

Preterm Birth International Collaborative (PREBIC) Satellite Symposium Organized by Dr. Menon.

March 8, 2018

A systematic review of p38 MAPK in reproductive tissues, poster, 10 -12 pm

Progesterone-Driven Mesenchymal to Epithelial Transition (MET): a Mechanism Maintaining Fetal Membrane Integrity, Poster, 10 -12 pm

Fetal Membrane Organ on Chip: An Innovative Approach to Study Feto-Maternal Cellular Interactions, Poster, 10 -12 pm

Dexamethasone Cause Amnion Cell Senescence through a p38MAPK Independent but p21 Dependent Pathway, Poster, 10 -12 pm

Amnion Cell Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT): A Mechanism Associated with Parturition, Poster, 10 -12 pm

Oxidative stress induces p38MAPK-depended senescence in the feto-maternal interface cells, Poster, 10 -12 pm

March 9, 2018

Term Plasma Exosomes Promote Inflammatory Changes in Prepartum Murine Cervix and Uterus, Poster, 9 - 11 am 

Gestational profiling of mouse plasma exosomes reveals inflammatory biomarkers increase prior to parturition, Oral, 11:45 - 12:00 pm

March 10, 2018

Environmental Toxicant Induced Cellular Injury is Reflected in Placental Exosomes, Poster, 9:30 -11:30 am.

Development of a Cre-Reporter Mouse Model to Determine Maternal-Fetal Exosome Communication and Functional Effects During Pregnancy, Poster, 9:30 -11:30 am.

TGF-beta Induces Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transitions in Amnion Cells in a TAB1-p38MAPK Dependent Manor, Poster, 9:30 -11:30 am.

Proliferative and Migratory Properties Reveals Metastate of Amnion Cells Mediated by Epithelial to Mesenchymal and Mesenchymal to Epithelial Transitions, Oral, 11:45 - 12:00 pm.

February 2019

SMFM poster and oral presentations in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Samantha Sheller-Miller, Exosomal delivery of therapeutics to delay LPS induced preterm birth and decrease associated inflammatory response, Oral Concurrent 1, Feb. 14th, 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM.

Lauren Richardson, "Fetal membrane organ on chip: An innovative approach to study feto-maternal cellular interactions".  Poster Session 4, Feb. 15th at 4:00 pm.

Samantha Sheller-Miller, Exosome contribution to feto-maternal signals that induce preterm labor in mice. Poster Session 4, Feb. 15th at 4:00 pm.

Luis Monsivais, “Fetal Membrane Exosome Profiling In Vitro Reveals Distinct Pathways Induced by Infection and Inflammation”. Oral Concurrent 9, Feb. 16th at 9:15 am.

Luis Monsivais, “Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) exposed placental and fetal membrane show differential protein expression in exosomes”. Poster Session 5, Feb. 16th at 11:30 am.

Violetta Lozovyy, "Screening for Membrane Progesterone Receptors: Labor Associated Functional Progesterone Withdrawal in Fetal Membranes". Poster Session 5, Feb. 16 at 11:30am.

Lauren Richardson, "Progesterone accelerates wound healing in human amniotic epithelial cells through mesenchymal to epithelial transition".  Poster Session 5, Feb.16 at 11:30am.

Samantha Sheller-Miller won 1st place for her oral presentation in Concurrent Session 1.

December 2018: PREBIC North America meeting, Galveston, Texas.