Perinatal Research

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Welcome to the Yale University Maternal-Fetal Medicine Perinatal Research group. For the last several decades our Department has been at the forefront of conducting and teaching research in the field of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and developmental biology.  Our faculty and fellows promote, coordinate, and conduct cutting-edge clinical, basic science, epidemiologic and translational research. 

As a testimony to our intellectually stimulating environment, several members of the MFM section have been awarded federal and private foundation research grants. This played an important role in building a unique expertise of the Perinatal Research group in designing studies targeted to discover new biomarkers with biological and clinical relevance for preterm birth, preeclampsia, coagulation disorders, and neonatal sepsis. We understand the importance of educating the next generation of MFM leaders, and we are determined to maintain a high standard of training as a goal of our research mission.

Abdel-Razeq, Sonya

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Medical Director, Maternal Special Care Unit

Bahtiyar, Mert Ozan

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and of Nursing
Director, Yale Fetal Care Center

Research Interests:Fetal cardiac function; Monochorionic gestation; Twin twin transfusion syndrome; Twin anemia polycythemia sequence; Selective intrauterine growth restriction

Copel, Joshua A

Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and of Pediatrics
Vice Chair, Obstetrics

Research Interests:Prenatal diagnosis; Fetal therapy; Chorionic villus sampling; Cordocentesis

Galerneau, France

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Lipkind, Heather Sue

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Director of Postpartum Services

Research Interests:Epidemiology; Outcomes research

Magriples, Urania

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Research Interests:Obstetric care delivery; Cognitive behavioral therapy; Complications of pregnancy; Centering pregnancy

Paidas, Michael J.

Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Vice Chair, Obstetrics
Program Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship
Co-Director, Yale Women and Children's Center for Blood Disorders
Co-Director, National Hemophilia Foundation - Baxter Clinical Fellowship Program at Yale
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Research Interests:Fetal loss; Preeclampsia; Fetal growth restriction; Preterm delivery; Abruption; Thromboembolism; Postpartum hemorrhage; Inherited and acquired thrombophilia; Antithrombin deficiency; Autoimmune disorders; Alloimmune thrombocytopenia; Platelet disorders; PreImplantation Factor; Women’s health following pregnancy complications.

Pettker, Christian M

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Medical Director, Labor & Birth Unit and Maternal Special Care Unit, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Chief of Obstetrics, Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital

Research Interests:Patient Safety; Induction of labor; Management of labor and delivery; Intra-amniotic infection and inflammation; Clinical trials and clinical research design

Sfakianaki, Anna Katerina

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and of Comparative Medicine
Director of Gynecologic Ultrasound Program

Abrahams, Vikki M

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Research Interests:Reproductive Immunology; Immunology of Pregnancy

Guller, Seth M

Senior Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Director, Gyn/Endocrine Laboratory

Research Interests:Placental physiology; Intrauterine growth restriction; Preeclampsia; Adverse pregnancy outcomes