Dr. Braundmeier-Fleming is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at SIU School of Medicine. She is also a faculty member of the Simmons Cancer Institute.
The immune system plays a significant role in reproductive processes such as embryonic implantation and fetal development but also in reproductive diseases and disorders. One of the major regulators of our immune system are the microbial organisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses) that reside within every tissue of our body. The overall goals of my research are to: 1) Understand the mechanisms of maternal immune suppression during early pregnancy, 2) Understand the regulation of immune cells in the development of gynecological and obstetrical conditions (ie. endometriosis, preeclampsia, and preterm birth), 3) Identify microbial communities and communication between these communities and the host immune system with reproductive disorders and 4) Utilizing multi-factorial data (clinical, biological and patient history) for development of personalized treatment strategies and diagnostics. Investigating the biocomplexity and communication between our immune, microbial and reproductive systems will translate into the development of complementary and alternative therapies for treatment of reproductive disorders. Research topics that I am currently developing are:
- Dysregulation of immune cells in the onset of preterm birth.
- Immune suppression in the development of ectopic endometrial lesions.
- Modifying immune cell populations through dietary supplementation to enhance immune health.
- The identification of the microbiome profiles of reproductive disorders and there potential for diagnostics and intervention strategies.
Utilizing biomedical animal models, multi- disciplinary investigational approaches and current molecular and cellular biological techniques, I believe that knowledge gained from these proposals can quickly be translated and implemented into human and animal medicine.
Molecular and Cellular Biological Techniques
- Immune Cell Proliferation Assays
- Quantitative PCR
- Amplicon/ Metagenomic/ Metatranscriptomic Microbial Sequencing
- Mammalian Cell Culture
- RNA interference
- Microbiome Bioinformatics
- Machine Learning
Education & training
Representative Press Coverage
Springfield Scene: Making a difference in Cancer Research; 2018, 5 (14) pages 10-12.
Women Unite in the battel against cancer, Illinois Times; March 30th 2018
YouTube: Endometriosis: A Researcher’s Personal Pain, March 23rd 2018
YouTube: The Future of the Biome & How Patients can help. March 23rd 2018
FoxNewsIllinois: Local doctor conducting new study for early endometriosis diagnosis
Seckin MD Endometriosis Center: Inflammation: A possible new source for early detection of endometriosis
Twitter: Dr. Braundmeier-Fleming from SIUSOM talks about using the Microbiome to predict preterm birth
WTAX Capitol radio group, Tuesday September 4th, 2018
WYMG Capitol radio group, Tuesday September 4th, 2018
WQQL Capitol radio group, Thursday Septembe 6th, 2018
ASPECTS; SIUSOM, Endometriosis: For Andrea Braundmeier-Fleming, PhD, it’s not just work, it’s personal
SIU School of Medicine: A Look Back at 2018: A Message from Dr. Jerry Kruse
SIU School of Medicine: Endometriosis: What it is & why It’s so difficult to diagnose & treat