The EMERGE Lab by Dr. Brian T. Nguyen is a research group committed to the protection of women's health and gender equity via the engagement of men and male partners. 


The EMERGE Lab also provides and compiles information and resources for men who may be interested in ways that they can #EMERGE -- be men who actively engage in issues of reproductive health and gender equity. 

Our logo is a contemporary depiction of fatherhood, depicted by seahorses, the only family of animals where the male experiences pregnancy. The male partner's sharing of reproductive responsibility and preparation for paternity capture the philosophy of the EMERGE Lab.

Meet Dr. Brian T. Nguyen

An advocate for women's health and voice for men's reproductive responsibility

Dr. Brian T. Nguyen joined the University of Southern California’s department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2016 following the completion of a fellowship in Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago. During his fellowship, Dr. Nguyen also completed a Master’s of Science degree for Clinical Professionals and gained research experience at the Population Council in New York and World Health Organization. Throughout his clinical and research training, Dr. Nguyen has sustained an interest in understanding how men are influenced and can influence women’s reproductive health. He has thus explored such topics as men’s access to emergency contraception, expedited male partner treatment for sexually transmitted infections, disparities in the use of vasectomy, men’s experiences of unintended pregnancy and abortion, and most recently, male hormonal contraception. He hopes to continue research that creates a positive role for men in women’s health via his collaboration with students and colleagues in The EMERGE Lab.

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Introducing our Research & Advocacy Team

Dedicated to Research, Education, Advocacy, & Community


Jasmine Patel, MD

Family Planning Fellow
Research Lead

Family Planning Fellow
Research Lead

Jennifer Franks, MD MPH 

Research Coordinator
Gender Consultant

Katie Ciesielski, MD

OB/GYN Resident

Research Coordinator

Kyle Latack

Research Coordinator

Medical Student

Ravali Reddy

Research Coordinator

Medical Student

Dominic Moog

Research Assistant
Social Media Coordinator

Donovan Spencer

Research Assistant

Undergraduate at USC

Minica Long

Research Coordinator

Medical Student

Emily Chang

Research Coordinator

Medical Student

Helena Galinson

Research Assistant

Undergraduate at USC


  • Robyn Schickler, MD (OB/GYN)

  • Jasmine Patel, MD (OB/GYN)


  • Nicole Mitchell, MD (OB/GYN)

  • Nicholas Jeffrey, MD (OB/GYN)

  • Eric J. Chang, MD (OB/GYN)

  • Kimeshia Thomas, MD (OB/GYN)

Not yet pictured (no less important): Chris Douglas, Electra Korn


  • Destiny Howell

  • Gabriella Watson

  • Ke'Ari Brooks

  • Lisa Mekhitarian

  • August Eberl

  • Dayna Grundy

  • Cathrine Ha

  • Gassia Krumian

  • Hrach Hadijan

  • Noah Nattell, MD MSc

  • Tamirra Johnson

A Commitment to Education and the
Professional Development of Trainees

Dr. Brian T. Nguyen is dedicated to the teaching of students at all levels, with attention to the development of skills and provision of mentorship consistent with the goals and career trajectories of his trainees. Members of the EMERGE lab are expected to help each other as they become more proficient in the methods of the lab. Students have gone on to develop project planning grants, develop research abstracts and presentations, as well as publish in relevant social and medical journals. It is our sincere hope that students are never used below their potential and pushed to emerge from the experience ready to make meaningful contributions.

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Brian T. Nguyen, MD MSc

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Assistant Program Director for Family Planning

Keck School of Medicine of USC

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