Welcome to the Mellon Lab
We study how the brain and pituitary interact to produce hormones that control reproduction in mammals using a variety of molecular, cellular, physiological, and genomic approaches. We study a wide variety of topics including circadian rhythm, stress, obesity, prenatal hormone exposure, neuronal migration, neuronal fate determination, puberty, the menstrual cycle while remaining focused on the hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone neuron (GnRH) and the pituitary gonadotrope, which produces luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
Dr. Mellon serves as:
Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Neurosciences
Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Reproductive Medicine
Director, UCSD Center for Reproductive Science and Medicine
Director, UCSD Women’s Reproductive Health Research Program
Director, UCSD Transgenic Mouse and Embryonic Stem Cell Core Facility
Director, Training in Reproductive Sciences Program
Co-Director, UCSD/UCLA Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center
Past President, Women in Endocrinology (President 2010-2012)
We are located on the third floor of the Leichtag Family Biomedical Research Building on the La Jolla Campus of The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.