Department of Reproductive Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Department of Reproductive Medicine

Mark Lawson, PhD

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Center for Reproductive Science and Medicine


Professor of Reproductive Medicine


  • PhD - University of California, Irvine (Biological Sciences), 1991


Link to Dr. Lawson's lab

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Administrative Assistant:

  • Ruth Montouri - 858-534-1140


Research Interests

  • Mechanisms of Reproductive Hormone Action and Regulation of Gene Expression 

    We are investigating the molecular mechanisms of hormone action in the pituitary, with a special emphasis on factors controlling reproductive function. Current studies are focused on understanding the role of hormone action in regulating translation initiation and mRNA utilization. We are also interested in the mechanism of endocrine diseases affecting reproduction such as polycystic ovary syndrome and type II diabetes. Our long-term interest is in understanding the integration of multiple hormone signaling pathways in the regulation of endocrine cell function.



  • Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award, 2006 and 2014
  • University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship 1994-1996
  • Ford Foundation/National Academy of Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowhip, 1992-1993


Recent Publications

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