Meet Our Residents & Fellows

A Program in Partnership With Duke Global Health Institute

Brandi Vasquez, MD, PhD

GHP Graduate

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology


Dr. Brandi Vasquez completed the Global Health Pathway in 2009 and is currently practicing in Oregon at Woman's Healthcare Associates. She received her undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington and then completed an MD/PhD program in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Oregon Health and Science University. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Duke University Medical Center before joining the GHP as our first trainee.

As a Global Health Fellow, Dr. Vasquez spent a year working at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Moshi, Tanzania where she participated in all aspects of clinical care, teaching and research and was instrumental in helping build the Duke-KCMC Women’s Health Partnership along with Duke Faculty and Global Health Mentor, Dr Jeffrey Wilkinson. Her broad research focus included participating in translational research in the epigenetics of cervical cancer and investigating the use of gynecologic laparoscopy in low resource settings 

Dr. Vasquez also gained experience in obstetric fistula repair collaborating with local organizations to increase the numbers of fistula patients seen and treated at KCMC. She and Dr. Wilkinson produced a fistula repair video which was presented at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Clinical Meeting in 2010. They also participated in several obstetric fistula surgery training camps, sponsored by African Medical and Research Foundation. Their work was featured in a New York Times series on the dangers of childbirth in Tanzania. Read more about their experiences first hand on the Duke-KCMC Women’s Health Partnership Blog.

Representative publications:

Vidal AC, Henry NM, Murphy SK, Oneko O, Nye M, Bartlett JA, Overcash F, Huang Z, Wang F, Mlay P, et al. Peg1/Mest and Igf2 DNA Methylation in Cin and in Cervical Cancer. Clin. Transl. Oncol. Mar 2014;16(3):266-272.

Nye MD, Hoyo C, Huang Z, Vidal AC, Wang F, Overcash F, Smith JS, Vasquez B, Hernandez B, Swai B, Oneko O, Mlay P, Obure J, Gammon MD, Bartlett JA, Murphy SK. Associations between Methylation of Paternally Expressed Gene 3 (PEG3), Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia and Invasive Cervical Cancer. PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e56325. Epub 2013 Feb 13.

Vidal AC, Murphy SK, Hernandez BY, Vasquez B, Bartlett JA, Oneko O, Mlay P, Obure J, Overcash F, Smith JS, van der Kolk M, Hoyo C. Distribution of HPV genotypes in cervical intraepithelial lesions and cervical cancer in Tanzanian women. Infect Agent Cancer. 2011 Nov 14;6(1):20. doi: 10.1186/1750-9378-6-20.

Wooden JM, Hartwell LH, Vasquez B, Sibley CH.  Analysis in yeast of anti-malaria drugs that target the dihydrofolate reductase of Plasmodium falciparum.  Molecular and Biochemical Parisitology (1997) 85(1):25-40

Hopper S, Vasquez B, Merz A, Clary S, Wilbur JS, So M.  Effects of the IgA1 protease on N. gonorrhoeae trafficking across polarized T84 epithelial monolayers.  Infection and Immunity (2000) 68(2):906-911.

Hopper S, Wilbur JS, Vasquez BL, Larson J, Clary S, Mehr IJ, Seifert HS, So M.  Isolation of N. gonorrhoeae mutants that show enhanced trafficking across polarized T84 epithelial monolayers.  Infection and Immunity (2000)  68(2):896-905. 

Bonnah RA, Lee SW, Vasquez BL, Enns CA, So M.  Alteration of epithelial cell trasferrin-iron homeostasis by Neisseria meningitidis and Neisseria gonorrhoeaeCellular Microbiology (2000) 2(3):207-218.

Ayala BP, Vasquez B, Clary S, Rodland K, So M.  The pilus-induced Ca2+ flux increases the amount of Lamp1 accessible to Neisserial IgA1 protease. Cellular Microbiology (2001) 3(4):265-75.

Ayala BP, Vasquez B, Wetzler L, and So M.  Neisseria porin PI.B induces endosome exocytosis and redistribution of Lamp1 to the plasma membrane.  Infection and Immunity (2002) 70(11):5965-71.

Vasquez BL.  The IgA Protease of Pathogenic Neisseriae:  Transcription, Targets and Types.  Doctoral Dissertation.  Oregon Health & Science University, 2002.