Vikki M Abrahams, PhD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Departments & Organizations

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences: Maternal-Fetal Medicine | Perinatal Research | Reproductive Sciences: Abrahams Lab; Discovery to Cure Internship

Faculty Research

HTI

Office of Student Research

SWIM

Office of Cooperative Research

Biography

Dr Vikki Abrahams received her B.Sc. (hons) in Immunology 1996, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Immunology in 2000, both from University College London in Immunology. She continued her studies as a postdoctoral associate at Dartmouth Medical School, NH, and then at Yale University in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive sciences in the field of Reproductive Immunology. In 2004 she joined the faculty in the Department. Since 2006 she has also been an Honorary Lecturer in the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Center at The University of Manchester, UK.

Dr Abrahams' research focuses on understanding the role of innate immune Toll-like receptor and Nod-like receptor family members in placental and maternal-fetal immune responses, and their role in regulating pregnancy outcome. Studies from the Abrahams laboratory characterize the mechanisms by which Toll-like receptors, Nod-like receptors, and the inflammasome function in the placental trophoblast and fetal membranes in response to both infectious and non-infectious stimuli.

Dr Abrahams is a member of the American Association of Immunologists, International Society for Immunology of Reproduction, Society for Reproductive Investigation, and the American Society of Reproductive Immunology. Dr Abrahams is the Associate Editor for Reviews of the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology and also serves on the editorial boards for a number of other journals within the Reproductive Sciences field.

Education & Training

PhD University College, London (2000)

Honors & Recognition

  • J. Christian Herr Award for Excellence in Reproductive Immunology ResearchAmerican Society for Reproductive Immunology

  • The Harold Behrman Award for mentoring students, residents and fellowsDepartment of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Yale University

Professional Service

  • NIH Scientific Review Group: Pregnancy & Neonatology [PN] (2015)

  • Editorial Board for Biology of Reproduction (2013)

  • Society for Reproductive Investigation (2013)

  • Editorial Board for Reproductive Sciences (2012)

  • The International Society for Immunology of Reproduction (2011)

  • Associate Editor for Reviews for the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2010)

  • American Association of Immunologists (2009)

  • Editorial Board for the Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2006)

  • American Society for Reproductive Immunology (2000)

International Activity

  • Maternal and Fetal Health Research Center Manchester, United Kingdom (2006)

    Honorary Lecturer

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Contact Info

Vikki M Abrahams, PhD
Mailing Address
310 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06510

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