Shannon M. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynecology
One Baylor Plaza
MS: BCM 610
Houston, TX 77030
Shannon Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D, received her B.S. in Chemistry from Ball State University in 1994. She then went on to obtain a Ph.D. in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Indiana University where she studied the regulation of NADPH-oxidase, a myeloid-specific gene, by the nuclear matrix protein SATB1. After completion of her medical school training at Indiana University, she began an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Baylor College of Medicine (2002-2006), where she was an academic chief resident. During her residency, she was mentored by Dr. Matthew Anderson and studied the role of COUP-TFII in ovarian cancer. For this work, she was awarded the Pritchard Prize for Resident Research from the Texas Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
As junior faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Hawkins became an ASRM-NICHD scholar of the Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP) in 2006 where she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Martin M. Matzuk. This research project was awarded the NIH Loan Repayment Award for Contraception and Infertility Research. After her RSDP K12 funding, Dr. Hawkins became a scholar of Baylor College of Medicine’s Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Development Program, where she studied genetic variants in women with endometriosis.
Dr. Hawkins is currently a project leader on Baylor College of Medicine’s Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research (U54), where her current research focuses on the study of genomic variants in women with endometriosis and the functional role of microRNAs in the mouse and human uterus. Dr. Hawkins was recently awarded the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) Liz Tilberis Scholars Award where she is studying the role of ARID1A in the transformation of endometriosis to ovarian cancer using human tissues, in vitro systems, and mouse models.
Dr. Hawkins is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maintains a general Ob/Gyn practice within the Harris Health System at Ben Taub Hospital, Smith Clinic, and People’s Health Center.