• Building a Transdisciplinary Investigative Team

    The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative

    The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative includes more than 100 faculty-level investigators, trainees and staff and is led by Louis Muglia, MD, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Irina Buhimschi, MD, Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital; and Sam Mesiano, PhD, Case Western Reserve University.  

    Five key research themes are being pursued via transdisciplinary interactions that will generate new research hypotheses and techniques to prevent preterm birth.

  • Research Areas

    Evolutionary Synthesis of Human Pregnancy

    LeadersDivision or DepartmentInstitution
    Antonis Rokas, PhDBiological Sciences Vanderbilt University
    Patrick Abbot, PhDBiological SciencesVanderbilt University
    Kenneth Petren, PhDBiological SciencesUniversity of Cincinnati
    Co-Investigators and Collaborating Faculty
    Danielle Bessett, PhDSociologyUniversity of Cincinnati
    Mark Chance, PhDCenter for Proteomics and BioinformaticsCase Western
    Emily DeFranco, DO, MSCRObstetrics and Gynecology UC College of Medicine
    James Greenberg, MDPerinatal InstituteCincinnati Children’s
    Joshua Gross, PhDBiological SciencesUniversity of Cincinnati
    Brian Mercer, MDObstetrics and GynecologyCase Western / MetroHealth
    Mihaela Pavlicev, PhDPerinatal InstituteCincinnati Children’s
    Raymond Redline, MDPathologyCase Western
    Katherine Whitcome, PhDAnthropologyUniversity of Cincinnati

    Genetics of Unique Human Populations

    LeadersDivision or DepartmentInstitution
    Louis Muglia, MD, PhDPerinatal InstituteCincinnati Children’s
    John Harley, MD, PhDCenter for Autoimmune Genomics and EtiologyCincinnati Children’s
    Scott Williams, PhDCenter for Integrative Biomedical SciencesDartmouth College
    Co-Investigators and Collaborating Faculty
    Justin Fay, PhD Center for Genome Sciences Washington University
    John Hutton, MDBiomedical Informatics Cincinnati Children’s
    Jay Iams, MDObstetrics and GynecologyOhio State University
    Farrah Jacquez, PhD Psychology University of Cincinnati
    Douglas Kniss, PhDObstetrics and GynecologyOhio State University
    Jennifer Malat, PhD Sociology University of Cincinnati
    Mihaela Pavlicev, PhDPerinatal InstituteCincinnati Children’s
    Rita Pickler, PhD, RN Center for Professional Excellence Cincinnati Children’s
    Raymond Redline, MDPathologyCase Western
    Kelli Ryckman, PhDEpidemiologyUniversity of Iowa
    Ge Zhang, PhD Human GeneticsCincinnati Children’s

    The Molecular Developmental Biology of Pregnancy

    LeadersDivision or DepartmentInstitution
    SK Dey, PhDReproductive SciencesCincinnati Children’s
    Kenneth Campbell, PhDDevelopmental BiologyCincinnati Children’s
    Jeffrey Whitsett, MD Perinatal InstituteCincinnati Children’s
    Co-Investigators and Collaborating Faculty
    Thomas Brown, PhDNeuroscience, Cell Biology & PhysiologyWright State University
    Mark Chance, PhDCenter for Proteomics and BioinformaticsCase Western
    Takiko Daikoku, PhD Reproductive Sciences Cincinnati Children’s
    Sanjoy Das, PhDReproductive SciencesCincinnati Children’s
    Ken Greis, PhD Cancer and Cell Biology UC College of Medicine
    Mounira Habli, MD Cincinnati Fetal CenterCincinnati Children’s
    Beena Kamath-Rayne, MD, MPH Perinatal InstituteCincinnati Children’s
    Douglas Kniss, PhDObstetrics and GynecologyOhio State University
    Charles Lockwood, MDObstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of South Florida
    Sam Mesiano, PhD Obstetrics and GynecologyCase Western / University Hospitals Case Medical Center
    Sing Sing Way, MD, PhDInfectious DiseasesCincinnati Children’s

    Progesterone Signaling in Pregnancy Maintenance and Preterm Birth

    LeadersDivision or DepartmentInstitution
    Catalin Buhimschi, MDObstetrics and GynecologyOhio State University
    Sam Mesiano, PhDReproductive BiologyCase Western / University Hospitals Case Medical Center
    Douglas Kniss, PhDObstetrics and GynecologyOhio State University
    Co-Investigators and Collaborating Faculty
    William Ackerman, MDObstetrics and GynecologyOhio State University
    Mark Chance, PhDCenter for Proteomics and BioinformaticsCase Western
    SK Dey, PhDReproductive SciencesCincinnati Children’s
    Ozlem Guzeloglu-Kayisli, PhDObstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of South Florida
    Jay Iams, MDObstetrics and GynecologyOhio State University
    Umit A Kayisli, PhDObstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of South Florida
    Charles Lockwood, MDObstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of South Florida
    Brian Mercer, MDObstetrics and GynecologyMetroHealth / Case Western
    John Moore, MDNeonatologyMetroHealth / Case Western
    Louis Muglia, MD, PhD Perinatal InstituteCincinnati Children’s
    Raymond W. Redline, MDPathologyCase Western
    Frederick Schatz, PhD Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of South Florida
    Honor Wolfe, MDObstetrics and GynecologyCase Western / University Hospitals Case Medical Center

    Sociobiology of Racial Disparities in Preterm Birth

    LeadersDivision or DepartmentInstitution
    Irina Buhimschi, MDCenter for Perinatal ResearchNationwide Children’s
    Jennifer Malat, PhD Sociology University of Cincinnati
    Brian Mercer, MDObstetrics and GynecologyMetroHealth / Case Western
    Co-Investigators and Collaborating Faculty
    Michael Bailey, PhDMicrobial Interface BiologyOhio State University
    Danielle Bessett, PhD Sociology University of Cincinnati
    Catalin Buhimschi, MDObstetrics and GynecologyOhio State University
    Lisa Christian, PhDPsychiatry and PsychologyOhio State University
    David Greenberg, PhDNeurogeneticsNationwide Children’s
    James Greenberg, MDPerinatal Institute Cincinnati Children’s
    Eric Hall, PhDPerinatal Institute
    Biomedical Informatics
    Cincinnati Children’s
    Jay Iams, MDObstetrics and GynecologyOhio State University
    Farrah Jacquez, PhD Psychology University of Cincinnati
    Sarah Keim, PhDBiobehavioral HealthNationwide Children’s
    Elizabeth Kelly, MD Obstetrics and Gynecology UC College of Medicine
    Mark Klebanoff, MD, MPHCenter for Perinatal ResearchNationwide Children’s
    Courtney Lynch, PhD, MPHObstetrics and GynecologyOhio State University
    Louis Muglia, MD, PhD Perinatal Institute Cincinnati Children’s
    Patricia Reagan, PhDHuman Resource ResearchOhio State University
    Kent Schwirian, PhDSociologyOhio State University
    Patricia Schwirian, PhD, RNCollege of NursingOhio State University
    Honor Wolfe, MDObstetrics and GynecologyCase Western / University Hospitals Case Medical Center