Keimari Mendez, MD

Expression of immune-related Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms of TLR4 and TLR9 as susceptibility biomarkers for cervical dysplasia and HPV infection.

CO-PI: Dr. Ana L. Rosario

I am a young faculty from Obstetrics and Gynecology department of the University of Puerto Rico. I am interested in the area of cancer prevention since early in my training. I have been part of research projects directed toward cervical cancer screening and novel HPV detection methods. I did a post-doctoral master’s in clinical research to expand my knowledge and skills in clinical research in order to become an independent and successful researcher in my area of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Due to my position as the OBGYN Residency Program Director, I am also involved in other research areas, in order to increase the research experience of our residents. I am currently involved in different research topics including effects of stress during pregnancy for fetus and mothers, abnormal placentation, obesity and endometrial cancer. I am also participating in Pharmaceutical sponsored research studies in the areas of HPV therapeutic vaccine, endometriosis and contraception.