Shelley Lawrence, MD
 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)


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Shelley Lawrence, M.D.
Shelley Lawrence, MD, grew up in Oklahoma City and obtained her undergraduate, medical degrees, pediatric residency training and neonatal medicine fellowship from the University of Oklahoma. Subsequently she entered private practice neonatology at Rocky Mountain Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado.  After 5 years, she returned to academic medicine as an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center combining clinical care and research in cell biology and immunology.  During this time she completed a Master's Degree in Clinical and Translational Research through the U. Oklahoma Graduate College.  Shelley's research explored leukocyte dynamics and function in neonates with an emphasis on the effects of maternal labor and cell maturation.

Shelley was recruited to the UCSD Department of Pediatrics faculty in 2014, and will continue her research in the Nizet Lab in collaboration with the research group of Prof. Lance Prince, Division Chief of Neonatology.  Shelley's current projects examine differences in neutrophil activation and innate immune function in neonates compared to adults, with a primary interest for their ramifications in early-onset sepsis.

Shelly maintains her active neonatology practice in the acute care nurseries of UCSD, Rady Children's Hospital and their affiliated institutions.