• Meet the Team

    The Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth brings together faculty from Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine to perform innovative, transdisciplinary research to reduce the rate of prematurity and infant mortality.

  • A photo of Louis Muglia.

    Louis J. Muglia, MD, PhD Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

    is a pediatric endocrinologist whose research efforts seek to define the mechanisms controlling the timing for birth in humans to prevent or better treat human preterm labor. Recent efforts analyze the contribution of genetic determinants to preterm birth. A second area of investigation is elucidation of the molecular pathways involved in the behavioral and neuroendocrine responses to stress.
    Visit the Muglia Lab.


    A photo of Sandip Bhattacharyya.

    Sandip Bhattacharyya, MSc, PhD Member, Center for the Prevention of Preterm Birth

    is an immunologist, who has basic science research programs in inflammation biology and signal transduction. The major research interest of Dr. Bhattacharyya’s laboratory is to understand the molecular mechanisms of glucocorticoid action in innate immunity and define context-specific immunomodulatory functions. 


    A photo of James M. Greenberg.

    James M. Greenberg, MD Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

    investigates the developmental biology of pulmonary vascular development, including how vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) mediates pulmonary vascular, lymphatic and airway development. He studies how VEGF mediates organization of pulmonary vasculature during late fetal life as well as how certain proteins implicated in axonal guidance during central nervous system development also direct developmental processes in the lung.


    A photo of Mihaela Pavlicev.

    Mihaela Pavlicev, PhD

    is an evolutionary geneticist working on the structure of genetic variation of complex traits, with a special focus on epistasis and pleiotropy. Understanding how past evolution shaped this structure can help identify the genetic basis of complex traits, including complex disease. The lab uses computational, theoretical and experimental methods in two systems: vertebrate limbs and birth timing.
    Visit the Pavlicev Lab.

    A photo of Sing Sing Way.

    Sing Sing Way, MD, PhD Pauline and Lawson Reed Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases

    is an infectious disease physician-scientist. He cares for infants and children with infection related illness, and provides consultation in the diagnosis and prevention diseases caused by communicable agents. Dr. Way supervises an active basic research laboratory that uses basic immunological approaches to investigate ways to boost host defense and protection against infection. If you have interest in this work, please contact Dr. Way.


    A photo of Ge Zhang.

    Ge Zhang, MD, PhD

    is a statistical geneticist who has research interest inunderstanding the genetic and evolutionary architecture of human complex traits with significant health impacts. His current studies include genome-wide association analysis of metabolic syndrome andrelated quantitative traits; mathematical modeling of genetic variation and its contribution to human complex phenotypes.


  • Emily DeFranco, DO

    Assistant Professor, Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    Research / Clinical Interests
    • Prevention and prediction of preterm birth
    • Genetics of preterm birth
    • Stillbirth and infant mortality
    • Perinatal epidemiology

    Elizabeth Kelly, MD

    Associate Professor, Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    Research / Clinical Interests
    • Infant mortality
    • Community-based healthcare
    • Ectopic pregnancy
    • Social determinants of healthcare inequity