Louis J. Muglia, MD, PhD

Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

Director, Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-803-7902


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Pediatric endocrinology

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Dr. Muglia has pioneered the in vivo analyses of regulation of the endocrine stress response and the molecular pathways leading to birth using novel genetically altered mutant mice. These studies have elucidated the importance of corticotropin-releasing hormone, glucocorticoids, and prostaglandins in neuroendocrine modulation, behavior, and perinatal adaptation.  These studies have evolved over the last decade to specifically focus on the mechanisms controlling the timing for birth in humans using genetics and comparative genomics. The composition of the biological clock metering the duration of human gestation remains a central question in reproductive biology. The goal of the Muglia laboratory is to understand the molecular timing machinery comprising this biological clock to prevent or better treat human preterm labor and delivery.

Among Dr. Muglia’s achievements are more than 180 publications and many awards, including a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development Award in the Biomedical Sciences, the Society of Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award, and election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians. In 2010, Dr. Muglia was elected to Fellow in the American Association for the advancement of Science. He is an active member of the Society for Pediatric Research, Society for Neuroscience, and the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. Dr. Muglia currently serves as chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.  In 2013, Dr. Muglia was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Education and Training

BS: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1981.

PhD: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1986.

MD: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1988.



Amygdala Glucocorticoid Receptor Function in Stress.  Principle Investigator. NIH/NIMH. Feb 2009-Dec 2014.

Maternal Temperament, Stress, Inflammation and Preterm Birth. Multi-PI. NIH/NICHD. Sep 2013-Aug 2017.

Genetic Analysis of Human Preterm Birth. Principle Investigator. March of Dimes. Mar 2005-Feb 2014.

March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative. Coordinating PI. March of Dimes. Jul 2013-Jun 2018.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Research Consortium on Preterm Birth. Director.  Burroughs Wellcome. Oct 2007-Sep 2014.