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Center for Perinatal Research

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Director: Soumen Paul, PhD


The quality of postnatal life has its origins in the womb. Scientists in the Center for Perinatal Research seek to understand how maternal physiology and pathology impact fetal development and program postnatal health and disease. Pregnancy is a well conserved process and designed to ensure the survival of the species. A specialized and highly adaptive organ derived from extraembryonic structures called the placenta orchestrates pregnancy and creates the milieu in which the fetus develops. Failures in placental adaptations to the maternal environment lead to diseases of pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and pre-term birth. In utero insults have fundamental organizational effects on the developing fetus, which affect postnatal health and susceptibility to adult disease. The efforts of our researchers are key to improving the health and quality of life.


Carrie A. Vyhlidal, PhD Geetu Tuteja, PhD Nihar Nayak, DVM, PhD Tamorah R. Lewis, MD, PhD
Chad Slawson, PhD Holly Hull, PhD Patrick E. Fields, PhD Thomas Spencer, PhD
Christy Hagan, PhD Jay L. Vivian, PhD Paula Monaghan-Nichols, PhD Udayan Apte, PhD
Danielle Christifano, PhD Kathleen M. Gustafson, PhD Pratik K. Home, PhD Valerie A. French, MD
Devika Maulik, MD Khursheed Iqbal, PhD Sharla Smith, PhD Venkatesh Sampath, MBBS
Elin Grundberg, PhD Michael J. Soares, PhD Soumen Paul, PhD Wenjing Cao, PhD
Emanuel J. Vlastos, MD Michael W. Wolfe, PhD Susan E. Carlson, PhD X. Long Zheng, MD, PhD
Courtney Marsh, MD Liang Zheng, PhD

Last modified: Sep 04, 2020