About Us

We are located in Evanston Hospital, NorthShore University HealthSystem, a teaching affiliate of the University of Chicago.

Address: 2650 Ridge, Evanston IL 60201

Our clinical research studies are located in Maternal Fetal Medicine (Evanston Hospital First Floor). Our basic research studies are located in the sub-basement of the Walgreens building (Evanston Hospital) .


The Translational Laboratory for Pelvic Pain conducts research on the physiological basis for pelvic pain and longitudinal trials for prevention of chronic pelvic pain.

Dr. Tu directs a National Institute of Diabetes and

Digestive and Kidney Diseases funded clinical trial treating menstrual pain to reduce some women’s risk for developing chronic pelvic pain later in life.

Dr. Hellman is principal investigator on a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development grant to study the underlying mechanisms of menstrual cramps in women.

Research team 2014 (from left) Julia Kane, Ellen Garrison, and Katlyn Dillane, Dr. Frank Tu and Dr. Kevin Hellman.

2015: Nicole Steiner

Lab Alumni:


Peter Yu (Ohio State University, Medical Student)

Jake Carrow (Texas A&M, PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering)

Van Sandwick (Ophthalmic Research Associates, Corporate Development)

2012 :

Alaina Edelmuth (Deerfield Neuroscience Center, Research Assistant)

Chaya Segel (University of Maryland, Speech Pathology)

Allyson Westling (Tufts, Medical Student)

Alice Han (Entering University of Illinois Medical School)


Nita Padavil (University of Chicago, Medical Student)

Insiyyah Patanwala (University of Chicago, Medical Resident)


Jennifer Rosenbaum (University of Chicago, Medical Resident)


Rebecca Zuckerman (University of Chicago, Medical Resident)

Carolyn Kuhn (University of Chicago, Medical Resident)

Nathan Shlobin (High School student)

Laura Kochlefl (University of Michigan, Undergraduate)

For information about joining our lab or collaborating with us please [click here].