Member Biography

Shannon M. Hawkins, Ph.D.
Shannon Hawkins

Shannon Hawkins, Ph.D.

550 N. University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 274-8225

Research Program Membership

Associate member:

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
IU School of Medicine

Adjunct Associate Professor of Molecular Biology
Department of Medical and Molecular Biology
IU School of Medicine

Dr. Hawkins's research interests include:

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, and endometriosis-associated ovarian cancers. 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, with women with endometriosis being at 50% increased risk of these deadly cancers. 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. The main focus of my lab will be: 1) The impact of Dicer heterozygosity in aberrant miRNA processing in aggressive endometrial cancer and 2) The mechanism of ARID1A in endometriosis-associated ovarian cancers

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Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 2011

Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 2008

Residency - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 2006

M.D. - Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 2002

Ph.D. - Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 2001