Scientist in the Lab

Active Scholars


Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS 


Associate Professor
Gynecologic Oncology
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Mentor(s):  Manish Patankar, PhD

Chair:  Laurel Rice, MD

Project:  Repurposing Atovaquone for the Prevention of Ovarian Cancer

Michelle Debbink, MD, PhD


Clinical Fellow
Maternal Fetal Medicine
University of Utah

Mentor(s):  Michael Warner, MD

                  Torri D Metz, MD, MS

Chair:  Robert M. Silver, MD

Project:  Place matters for maternal morbidity:  Evaluating neighborhood and geographic drivers of racial/ethnic disparities in severe maternal morbidity in Utah

Erin George, MD


Gynecologic Oncology
University of Pennsylvania

Mentor(s):  Fiona Simpkins, MD

Chair:  Deborah Driscoll, MD

Project:  Optimizing targeted therapies in Cyclin E over-expressing endometrial cancers

Christina Megli, MD, PhD


Maternal Fetal Medicine/Reproductive Infectious Disease
University of Pittsburgh

Mentor(s):  Carolyn Coyne, PhD

Chair:  Robert P. Edwards, MD

Project:  Regulation of Macrophage Function by the Placenta

Sarah Wernimont, MD, PhD


Maternal Fetal Medicine
University of Minnesota

Mentor(s):  Peter Crawford, MD, PhD

Chair:  John R. Fischer, MD, FACOG

Project:  Mitochondrial macronutrient flux and regulation of syncytiotrophoblast differentiation and transport

Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD                   


Clinical Fellow
Maternal Fetal Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles

Mentor(s):  Deborah Krakow, MD

                         Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD

Chair:  Deborah Krakow, MD

Project:  Maternal-fetal hemodynamics and genetic modifiers of single-ventricle congenital heart disease

Valerie Flores, MD 


Clinical Instructor
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility 
Yale University School of Medicine

Mentor(s):  Hugh Taylor, MD

                         Haifin Lin, PhD

Chair:  Hugh Taylor, MD

Project:  The Mechanisms of Inflammation-Mediated Progesterone Resistance in Endometriosis

Ai-ris Collier, MD


Clinical Fellow
Maternal Fetal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Mentor:  Dan Barouch, MD, PhD

Chair:  Hope Ricciotti, MD

Project:  Maternal immune tolerance at the utero-placental interface in preeclampsia and intrauterine fetal growth restriction

Leo Han, MD


Assistant Professor
Family Planning
Oregon Health & Science University

Mentor:  Jeffrey Jensen, MD, MPH

Chair:  Aaron Caughey, MD

Project:  Understanding progestogen effects on cervical mucus

David Owen, MD, PhD


Assistant Professor
UT Southwestern Medicine Center

Mentor:  W. Lee Kraus, PhD

Chair:  Steven Bloom, MD

Project:  An integrated genomic analysis of placenta development and susceptibility to Zika virus infection across gestation

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