Maternal-Fetal Medicine Research

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.

Faculty Investigators

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Sonya Abdel-Razeq, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Research Interests

Fetal Distress; Inflammation; Multiple Organ Failure; Pregnancy Complications; Sepsis; Shock; Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome

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Mert Ozan Bahtiyar, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Yale Fetal Care Center

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Joshua A Copel, MD

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

Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Associate Chief Medical Officer, Yale Medicine

Research Interests

Congenital Abnormalities; Fetal Diseases; Heart Defects, Congenital; Pregnancy Complications

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Jie Deng, MD

Instructor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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France Galerneau, MD, FRCS(C)

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Across the Lifespan Mastercourse, YSM

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Heather Sue Lipkind, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director of Postpartum Services

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Urania Magriples, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Research Interests

Anxiety; Cognitive Therapy; Delivery, Obstetric; Gynecology; Obstetrics; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Complications; Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Michael J. Paidas, MD

Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Interim Director, Section of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Interim Section Chief, Maternal Fetal Medicine of Yale-New Haven Hospital

Vice Chair, Obstetrics

Program Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship

Director of the Yale Women and Children's Center for Blood Disorders and Preeclampsia Advancement

Co-Director, National Hemophilia Foundation - Baxter Clinical Fellowship Program at Yale

Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Research Interests

Abruptio Placentae; Antithrombin III Deficiency; Blood Coagulation Disorders, Inherited; Diseases; Pre-Eclampsia; Pregnancy Complications; Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular; Pregnancy Complications, Hematologic; Preimplantation Diagnosis; Thrombocytopenia, Neonatal Alloimmune; Thrombophilia

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Christian M Pettker, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Chief of Obstetrics, Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital

Medical Director, Labor & Birth Unit and Maternal Special Care Unit, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Research Interests

Cesarean Section; Delivery, Obstetric; Epidemiologic Research Design; Evidence-Based Medicine; Labor, Induced; Labor, Obstetric; Obstetrics; Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care); Quality Assurance, Health Care

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Anna Katerina Sfakianaki, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and of Comparative Medicine

Director of Gynecologic Ultrasound Program

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Research Faculty

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Vikki M Abrahams, PhD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Research Interests

Antibodies, Antiphospholipid; Antiphospholipid Syndrome; Autoimmune Diseases; Exosomes; Fetal Membranes, Premature Rupture; Immune System Processes; Immunity, Innate; Inflammasomes; MicroRNAs; Nod Signaling Adaptor Proteins; Placenta; Pregnancy Complications; Pregnancy Complications, Infectious; Pregnancy in Diabetics; Toll-Like Receptors

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Seth M Guller, PhD

Senior Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Gyn/Endocrine Laboratory

Research Interests

Gynecology; Obstetrics; Placenta Diseases; Pre-Eclampsia; Pregnancy Outcome

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