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As a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellow, you will have the opportunity to choose a mentor from the following FPMRS faculty that best fits your research interests.



Arnold Caplan, PhD

Experimentation in musculoskeletal and skin development; development, maturation and aging of cartilage, bone, skin and other mesenchymal tissues; mesenchymal stem cell research

Tom Chelimsky, MD

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy; syncope; sweat disorders; mitochondrial disorders; autonomic disorders; interstitial cystitis, autonomic dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain

Margot Damaser, PhD

Biomedical engineering, physiology and pharmacology; development and testing of new models and devices for improvement of diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of female pelvic floor disorders; pudendal nerve injury models during childbirth; urodynamic testing models in rodents; recovery of pelvic floor function after complex traumatic injuries

Christopher Flask, PhD

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) physics; optimization of MRI acquisitions; analyses for the Diffusion Weighted MRI; high-resolution pelvic MRI images for small animal models

Ken Gustafson, PhD

Neural engineering and neural prostheses; systems-level neurophysiology and neural control of lower urinary tract and pelvic functions; design and development of neural prostheses that interface with native spinal neural circuitry and restore physiologic function

Adonis Hijaz, MD

Mechanisms mediating the balance between injury and recovery following birth trauma, the role of human mesenchymal stem cells in recovery, and evaluation of the effects of aging on the balance and response to stem cell therapy; animal models of FSUI

Thomas Janicki, MD

Pelvic pain; relationship between painful bladder syndrome and myofascial pelvic pain

Michael Lederman, MD

Mechanisms of infectious diseases, specifically HIV/AIDS; mechanisms whereby HIV infection induces immune deficiency, strategies to correct and prevent these mechanisms; mucosal defenses in HIV infection; urinary tract infection in diabetes; neurogenic bladder

Sangeeta Mahajan, MD

Epidemiology and pathophysiology of overactive bladder; novel applications of botulinum A toxin in the lower urinary tract; impact of overactive bladder symptoms on the quality of life of patients with multiple sclerosis; relationship between painful bladder syndrome and myofascial pelvic pain

Jeffrey Mangel, MD

Urinary incontinence; overactive bladder; pelvic organ prolapse; bowel dysfunction; fecal incontinence; vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistulas; chronic vulvar and vaginal pain syndromes; sacral neuromodulation for overactive bladder syndrome

Sam Mesiano, PhD

Molecular biology of estrogen and progesterone action

Robert Miller, PhD

CNS neural development; biology of neural diseases including multiple sclerosis, brain tumors and cerebral palsy; CNS lesions on LUT function; cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate glial cell determination in the developing vertebrate CNS

Ralph O'Brien, PhD

Biostatistics and research methodology; development of better methods and software for sample-size analysis

Robert Pollard, MD

Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery techniques

Neal S. Rote, PhD

Development of the human placenta; fusion of villous cytotrophoblasts; endogenous retrovirus expression; role of apoptosis-related proteins in differentiation; mechanism by which antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) affect trophoblast differentiation

Joseph Shawi, MD

Urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse

Jerry Silver, PhD

Mechanisms involved in neurogenic bladder and spinal cord injury; strategies to overcome inhibitory molecules and axonal dieback after injury in order to promote functional regeneration