Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Research

Faculty Research

Faculty investigators in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology conduct collaborative research across a broad spectrum of women’s health issues, from common gynecologic needs to rare high-risk obstetrical cases. Many of these projects focus on improving women’s health overall as well as reducing maternal and infant mortality in Indiana. Investigators have been awarded numerous highly competitive grants from a variety of funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, and have published results from these various projects in several high impact peer-reviewed journals. In addition, some of the research findings here have contributed to practice changes worldwide in women’s health.

Hawkins Lab

Hawkins Lab

Investigators in the Hawkins laboratory use next generation sequencing, mouse models, 3D bioprinting, and human samples to study benign and malignant diseases of the female reproductive tract, including endometriosis, endometriosis-associated ovarian cancer, endometrial dysfunction, and endometrial cancer.
Xu Lab

Xu Lab

The Xu Lab has pioneered research in the role of lipid signaling molecules in ovarian cancer and has identified the first lipid growth factor in ovarian cancer cells. These investigators focus on gynecologic oncology, especially the development and progression of gynecologic cancers at the molecular level.

General Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology is a leader in general gynecological and obstetrical clinical research. Research efforts include studies of personalized medicine in pregnancy, patient-physician communication, reversible contraceptive methods and more.

Gynecologic Oncology

In association with NRG Oncology and the Gynecologic Oncology Group Foundation, the Gynecologic Oncology Division actively participates in many different clinical trials protocols. Pre-clinical and animal studies of gynecologic malignancies focus primarily on the development and progression of gynecologic cancers at the molecular level. Discovering new and effective diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers remains the main goal of cancer-based laboratory research.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

The Maternal Fetal Medicine Division researches new ways to treat conditions in high-risk pregnancies, including ways to treat dangerous conditions like preeclampsia or prevent pre-term birth.

Cochrane Satellite Center

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is part of the United States Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Satellite Center. This group allows the department to continue leading the country in researching new ways to care for women.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Faculty

Caitlin Bernard, MD

Caitlin Bernard, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
David M. Haas, MD

David M. Haas, MD

Robert A. Munsick Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Shannon M. Hawkins, PhD,  MD

Shannon M. Hawkins, PhD, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sumegha Mitra, PhD

Sumegha Mitra, PhD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jeffrey F. Peipert, MD, PhD

Jeffrey F. Peipert, MD, PhD

Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sara K. Quinney, PhD

Sara K. Quinney, PhD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Christina M. Scifres, MD

Christina M. Scifres, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD,  MPH,  MS

Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS

Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs
Method Tuuli, MD,  MPH

Method Tuuli, MD, MPH

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jeanne M. Schilder, MD

Jeanne M. Schilder, MD

Mary Fendrich Hulman Professor of Gynecologic Oncology