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Paula Diaz-Sylvester , PhD

Research Assistant Professor

About

Paula Diaz Sylvester is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynegology and the Center for Clinical Research at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  

Throughout her career, Dr. Diaz Sylvester participated in numerous basic research projects including toxicology of uranium compounds, regulation of kidney function in health and disease, xeno-transplant of Langerhans islets to control type-1 diabetes and intracellular calcium signaling in skeletal muscle and heart function. More recently, she developed a strong interest in clinical/translational research related to women's health. Dr. Diaz-Sylvester joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Center for Clinical Research at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine where she received training in the Protection of Human Subjects, Clinical Trials and Good Clinical Practices. She is currently providing support in clinical protocol development, manuscript preparation and grant writing as well as screening and enrolling patients in a number of active clinical studies focusing on all aspects of women’s health. This wide range of research topics includes contraception, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic and reproductive disorders, pregnancy disorders such as preterm birth, intrauterine growth restriction and preeclampsia, improvement of minimally invasive surgical procedures, development of biomarkers for early detection of gynecologic cancers and health disparities in our patient population.

 

Education

School: 
2005-2010 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Pharmacology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 2004-2005 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physiology, Loyola University Chicago, 2004 Ph.D., University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Animal Physiology, 1996 B.S., University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Biological Sciences

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