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Vikki M Abrahams, PhD

Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences; Director, Division of Reproductive Sciences, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences; Co-Vice Chair of Faculty Development, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences



Dr Vikki Abrahams is a Professor, Director of the Division of Reproductive Sciences and Co-Vice Chair of Faculty Development in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.

Dr Abrahams received her B.Sc. (hons) in Immunology in 1996, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Immunology in 2000, both from University College London. She continued her studies as a postdoctoral associate at Dartmouth Medical School and then at Yale University in the field of Reproductive Immunology. In 2004 she joined the faculty in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine.

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, including those complicated by infections and by autoimmune diseases. Studies from the Abrahams laboratory has characterized 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 (2000)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
American Journal of Reproductive Immunology AwardAmerican Society for Reproductive Immunology2019
NIH Senior LectureshipInternational Federation of Placental Associations2017
J. Christian Herr Award for Excellence in Reproductive Immunology ResearchAmerican Society for Reproductive Immunology2013
The Harold Behrman Award for mentoring students, residents and fellowsDepartment of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Yale University2011

Professional Service

Society for Reproductive InvestigationMember2013 - Present
Editorial Board for Reproductive SciencesMember2012 - Present
The International Society for Immunology of ReproductionMember2011 - Present
Associate Editor for Reviews for the American Journal of Reproductive ImmunologyMember2010 - Present
American Association of ImmunologistsMember2009 - Present
Editorial Board for the Journal of Reproductive ImmunologyMember2006 - Present
American Society for Reproductive ImmunologyMember2000 - Present

Departments & Organizations