Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

Women's Health

USC School of Medicine has many faculty members conducting research on health issues affecting women. The research areas include cancer, autoimmune diseases, sex differences in diseases, disorders of Ovarian Follicular Development and women’s health issues
Cancer of Reproductive Tract:
Lucia Pirisi-Creek, MD   Role of the EGF receptor in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) V16-mediated human cell carcinogenesis. Gene expression profiling of HPV-mediated transformation

Autoimmune Diseases:

Mitzi Nagarkatti, PhD Effect of environmental pollutants on autoimmune diseases that affect women. 
Prakash Nagarkatti, PhD   Role of diethylstilbestrol and endocrine disruptors on maternal and fetal immune response development. 

Jennifer Nyland, PhD Environmental Toxicants (mercury)-effect on autoimmune inflammatory coxsackievirus-induced myocarditis; contaminated fish consumption and biomarkers of autoimmune dysfunction in humans. Toxic effects of fluorescent siloxane nanoparticles

Sex Differences and Disease

Gregory L. Brower, DVM, PhD  Cardio-protective effects of female sex hormones

Joseph S. Janicki, PhD Myocardial remodeling and hypertension

Marlene Wilson, PhD Responses to anticonvulsants and anxiolytics in various animal models of anxiety and seizure

Sarah Switzer, PhD Pain and pain perception

Swapan Ray, PhD Diseases of Brain including glioblastoma, neuroblastoma, Ewing's sarcoma, spinal cord injury (SCI), brain ischemia, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Alzheimer's disease (AD), amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS), epilepsy, glaucoma, Parkinson's disease (PD), and multiple sclerosis (MS)
Disorders of Ovarian Follicular Development:
LaVoie, H.A, PhD  Role of GATA transcriptional regulators and epigenetic modification of genes participating in follicular growth and differentiation in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Luteal Insufficiency. 

Charles Blake, PhDAnterior Pituitary proteomics

Women’s Health Issues

Patricia Witherspoon, MD Community Health Care Advocacy and Cardiovascular Diseases

Judith T. Burgis, MD Vulvar disorders, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, and maternal

morbidity and mortality

Janice G. Edwards Prenatal genetic counseling, and cancer genetic counseling

T. Fleming Mattox, MD Urogynecology, female incontinence, and pelvic reconstructive surgery

Joshua Russell Mann, MD, MPH Sexually transmitted disease prevention, disabilities and health, epidemiology of mental illness, religion/spirituality and health, maternal and child health, and epidemiology of childhood neurodevelopmental disability.