I study placental biology and its relationship to maternal, fetal and neonatal disease. Vascular development is key to a functional placenta, and pathology that affects the fetoplacental vasculature can have important effects on the neonate. My recent work has shown that placental changes associated with maternal vascular malperfusion and changes in placental vasculature are associated with growth restriction and bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and pulmonary hypertension. I also study placental biology and its relationship to stillbirth. I am interested in defining the value of postmortem examination in stillbirth, defining distinct patterns of umbilical cord coiling associated with the highest risk of stillbirth, and uncovering genetic alterations carrying a risk for stillbirth. Lastly, I am interested in placenta accreta and recognizing lesions in the placenta which may portend a higher risk of accreta in a subsequent pregnancy.
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