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Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Program

Women's Health Career Development Center

Principal Investigator
Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, M.D.

Program Director
Louise Laurent, M.D., Ph.D.

Recruitment Officer
Pamela Mellon, Ph.D.



UC San Diego's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences is the home to the multidisciplinary Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Center, a faculty training program (K12) established in 1999 and funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health. The Center is dedicated to developing a cadre of broadly trained, independently funded, clinician scientists investigating key areas of women's health. Mentors with established research programs, together with collaborating departments, form the intellectual, clinical and scientific base for mentoring junior faculty accepted into the program.

Building on basic science research in 7 emphasis areas:

  1. Neuroendocrine Control of Reproductive Function
  2. Gonadal & Stem Cell Biology
  3. Fetal Physiology
  4. Obesity and Metabolism in Reproduction
  5. Epidemiology of Women's Health
  6. Gynecological Oncology
  7. Urogynecology

Qualified Scholars are recently trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology having an M.D. and having finished a residency or fellowship. They are appointed as junior faculty with the goal of becoming cutting-edge scientists with independent academic research programs benefiting Women's Health. Each Scholar is paired with an eminent mentor in their area of research interest and the Center oversees the Scholars' evolution into mature investigators fully prepared for tenure in prominent research universities. A two-phase program of supervised, then mentored, learning is be supplemented with individualized courses, seminars and tutorials. In addition, the program includes linkage of Scholars with selected translational research collaborators who assist Scholars in conducting and publishing research in clinical areas relevant to their basic science focus. Throughout the 4-5 year scholarship, the scholars develop skills in scientific research, ethics, grant writing, mentoring trainees, teaching, and publications. Funding is awarded for up to five years. The Center's primary goal is to produce academic clinicians that are experts at research, as well as patient care.

What makes the UC San Diego program different?

The reasons that UC San Diego is a top choice among WRHR programs nationwide include:


How to Apply

The UC San Diego WRHR Center is looking for interested Scholars with these qualifications:

  • Finishing an OB/GYN residency or OB/GYN subspecialty fellowship
  • Committed to an academic career with a research component
  • Have a focused interest in research with research experience
  • Possess an interest in using basic science approaches to new bedside techniques
  • Have an interest in basic, translational or clinical research

     To apply please go to ObGyn Research - Assistant Professor (Adjunct)  -  (Please note: Application form is valid past published expiration date of September 2021.  An updated form is forthcoming.)


For additional information, contact:

Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, M.D.
Principal Investigator

Louise Laurent, M.D., Ph.D.
Program Director

Pamela L. Mellon, Ph.D.
Recruitment Officer



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