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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.


Udayan Apte, PhD

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

Last modified: Mar 23, 2021