Lab Members

We are a small team of talented researchers with a passion for science and all things ovary!

Stephanie A. Pangas, PhD

Principle Investigator

Dr. Pangas is the Roger Rossen Professor of Reproductive Pathology and Associate Professor in the Dept. of Pathology and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Pangas received her PhD with Dr. Teresa Woodruff at Northwestern University, prior to her postdoctoral studies with Dr. Martin Matzuk at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She established her laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in 2007. She is an internationally recognized reproductive biologist specializing in women’s health. She has received numerous awards, including a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences, the Society for the Study of Reproduction New Investigator Award, and grants from the National Cancer Institute and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She is currently the Director of the NIH T32 training grant, Comprehensive Mechanisms in Reproductive Sciences and is the co-Director of the R25 Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) at BCM. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses and tries to keep track of her growing number of animal rescues and chickens.

Shawn Briley

Graduate Student

Shawn is a 6th-year PhD student in the Biochemistry Program at Baylor College of Medicine. He previously received his BS from the University of Kansas and worked with Dr. Francesca Duncan as a Research Technician prior to joining the Pangas Lab. His research interests include female reproductive biology, embryology, and the control of meiosis. In his off-time, he enjoys playing with his dog Ellie, and watching all things related to Kansas sports! Will graduate in 2022 to pursue a career in clinical embryology. He is currently funded by a graduate fellowship from NIH T32 HD098068-01A1

Bethany Patton

Graduate Student

Bethany is a 5th-year PhD student in the Molecular & Cellular Biology Program at BCM. She received her BS in Biomedical Sciences at Northern Arizona University and also worked as a research assistant at TGen. Her research interests include protein regulation by post-translational modification, cell signaling, and ovarian cancer. When she is not working in the lab, she is an avid rock climber, lover of coffee, and the great outdoors. She is currently funded by a graduate fellowship from NIH T32 HD098068-01A1

Avery Myers

Graduate Student

Avery is a 1st-year PhD student in the Development, Disease Models and Therapeutics Graduate Program (DDMT) at BCM. Her goal is to research women’s reproductive disorders and make an impact on the field of women’s health. In her free time, she loves to explore Houston restaurants and travel worldwide.

Ernesto Salas

Research Technician II

Ernesto is a graduate of Texas A&M with a BS in Biology. He has been working in the laboratory since Spring 2021. His roles include managing the genetically engineered mouse colonies, genotyping, and assisting with necropsy and tissue collection. His long-term goal is to pursue his a nursing degree or PhD (or both!). He is also the brains behind the laboratory TikTok, @livelablove

Carolina Ortiz

PREP Student

Carolina is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico with a B.S. in Microbiology. She is a new BCM Postbaccalaureate Research Program (“PREP”) scholar for AY2023. She has been working in the laboratory since August 2022. She is passionate about Women’s Health research and will be applying to a PhD program for next academic year in Reproductive Health Biomedical Sciences.

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