Mirna Lechpammer, M.D., Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
University of California, Davis, Medical Center
PATH Building
4400 V Street, Rm. 1227
Sacramento, CA 95817

Ph: (916) 734-8331

Clinical Interests

  • Neuropathology, Ocular pathology, Molecular pathology and Tissue banking

    Research Interests

    • Understanding the molecular and cellular pathophysiology of hypoxic encephalopathy in the premature infants
    • Rodent models of encephalopathy of prematurity, with an emphasis on defining age-specific mechanisms of disease, morphological and behavioral changes and experimental pharmacological treatments


    Brief Biography

    Dr. Lechpammer received her M.D. in 1994 and Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Zagreb Medical School in Croatia.  She worked as a post-graduate researcher at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Lechpammer completed her residency training in Anatomic Pathology at the Brown University in 2008.  Following Neuropathology Fellowship training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital in 2010, Dr. Lechpammer became attending physician and junior faculty at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. 

    Dr. Lechpammer was the first pathologist awarded with Harvard Catalyst – The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center Award (KL2) in 2010. 

    Currently, Dr. Lechpammer serves as an Assistant Professor of Neuropathology at the UC Davis Medical Center, Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

    The research of the Lechpammer laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular and cellular pathophysiology of hypoxic encephalopathy in the premature infants.  The translational studies combine insights from developmental biology, behavioral science, and neuropathology to identify new diagnostic and therapeutic tools to help improve the lives of patients with encephalopathy of prematurity.

    Additionally, Dr. Lechpammer has a strong interest in graduate pathology education and served as a Co-Director of the Longwood Neuropathology Fellowship Program and currently serves on the UC Davis Medical School Admissions Selection Committee.


    Representative Publications

    Recent publications listed in PubMed