My research focuses on the functional role of microRNA (miRNA) molecules in benign and malignant diseases of the female reproductive tract, in particular, endometrial cancer, endometriosis, and endometriosis-associated ovarian cancers. 

Dr. Hawkins’ research laboratory focuses on benign and malignant diseases of the female reproductive tract (i.e., endometriosis, endometriosis-associated ovarian cancers, and endometrial cancer) using clinical samples, genetically engineered mouse models, in vitro systems, three-dimensional tissue engineering techniques, and next-generation sequencing. MicroRNA molecules are 22-nucleotide single-stranded RNA molecules that function to repress networks of genes involved in impactful biologic functions. 

Dr. Hawkins practices general obstetrics and gynecology and has a particular clinical interest in endometriosis.

Past Affiliations

Associate Professor, General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Medicine (past)

Oncology, Obstetrics and Gynecology
MD, Indiana University, 2002
PhD, Indiana University, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2001
BS, Ball State University, Chemistry and Biology, 1994