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Shannon M. Hawkins, MD, PhD

photo-hawkins.jpgShannon M. Hawkins, MD, PHD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Clinical Section: General Obstetrics and Gyneology

Postdoctoral: Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX 2011

Reproductive Scientist Development Program
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX2008

Graduate: PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN 2001

Residency: Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Houston, TX 2006

MD: Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN 2002

Undergraduate: B.S., Chemistry and Biology
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 1994


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Indianapolis, IN 46202-5274


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My research focuses on the functional role of microRNA (miRNA) molecules in benign and malignant diseases of the female reproductive tract, in particular, endometrial cancer, endometriosis, endometriosis-associated ovarian cancers, and infertility related to uterine dysfunction. These diseases all revolve around a common theme of endometrial dysfunction. The translational questions surrounding these diseases come from routine gynecologic practice as seen through the eyes of a physician scientist. Endometriosis, endometrium in an ectopic location, affects up to 10% of reproductive age women. Endometrial cancer affects 1 in 38 women. Endometriosis-associated ovarian cancers, the endometrioid and clear-cell histotypes of ovarian cancer, comprise 20% of epithelial ovarian cancers. Finally, unexplained infertility after many cycles of IVF with good quality embryos due to implantation defects or other not-yet-named uterine dysfunction is frustrating to patients and physicians alike. Thus, community gynecologists commonly see these diseases, but the underlying pathogenesis is still not fully understood. To study these diseases of the endometrium, we have successfully used a combination of next-generation sequencing, human tissue samples, mouse models, and in vitro culture systems.

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