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Dr. JL Peiro is Professor of Surgery at University of Cincinnati Medical College and has a broad background in congenital anomalies research and clinical fetal surgery.
He did his medical school degree at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona (UAB), 1989, and his Pediatric Surgery training residence at Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona, 1991-1995. Since 2002, Prof. Peiro began a European pioneer clinical fetal surgery program in Barcelona (Spain) and currently he maintains an active clinical practice in fetal surgery at the Cincinnati Children's Fetal Care Center being Director of Endoscopic Fetal Surgery, treating prenatally several fetal conditions. In the other hand, He’s coordinating research in different lines of fetal surgery in his Laboratory at the Center for Fetal and Placental Research in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
His main lines of research are fetal hydrocephalus, myelomeningocele/spina bifida, gastroschisis, and congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Other research interest also includes cell therapy and tissue engineering. His research group has developed several animal models for intrauterine correction of different fetal conditions and promotes translational research for human clinical application that allows him and Cincinnati to be in the clinical cutting-edge of fetal surgery.
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Marc earned his PhD in Biology at the University of Barcelona (Spain) in March 2011, having focused on the study of the neuronal function in different animal models of liver failure. During this research, he developed a new model to assess the motor function using neurophysiology methods where induction and recording of the motor evoked potentials without anesthesia in free moving rats was assessed.
He has experience in studying spinal cord injury as well functional neurophysiologic tests with knowledge on small and large animal experimentation, biology systems, and molecular biology.
Soner Duru, MD is interested in intrauterine treatments and minimally invasive neuroendoscopic approaches, especially for hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He worked and designed a variety of clinical and experimental studies with small and large animals for congenital central nervous system abnormalities. He joined Cincinnati Children's Fetal Care Center in 2013 as an observer and decided to join the Lab to initiate a translational research project studying intrauterine minimally invasive neurosurgical approaches in congenital isolated hydrocephalus. In 2014 his team initiated experimental studies on large animal models and they continue to progress in this field.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow
Braxton Forde, MD, is studying at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's, with a special interest in fetal surgery. He earned his medical degree from the Ohio State College of Medicine and completed his residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is currently researching the optimal fluid usage during fetal surgery, amniocytes, and is interested in identifying ways to reduce post-surgical complications.
Noor Ghuniem is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati. Her majors include Neuroscience and Psychology on the Pre-Med track. Noor is looking forward to attending Medical School following her undergraduate years and taking on an OBGYN specialty. Currently, she is set to be working on the Cerebellum Myelomeningocele Research Project in the lab.
Research Assistant III
Kristin Lampe, PhD, is a Cincinnati native and has been with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since 2004. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Findlay where she studied biology with a focus on animal science. She joined the Peiro lab in 2020 and enjoys working with a great team in therapeutic and translational research.
Researcher scholar at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Obstetrician-gynecologist member of Federação Brasileira das Associações de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia (FEBRASGO) and Associação de Obstetrícia e Ginecologia do Estado de São Paulo (SOGESP). Interested in clinical and translational research in Fetal Surgery.
Kendall earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky in May 2015 and in May 2020. She received her PhD in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina. Her doctoral research focused on developing drug loaded polymer constructs for adipose tissue engineering applications. Her experience in drug delivery and tissue engineering lays the foundation for her research as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Chia-Ying (James) Lin’s lab at the University of Cincinnati and our lab at Cincinnati Children’s where she aims to improve the therapeutic potential of our recently developed PCL/PLA “smart” patch for myelomeningocele repair.
Bedika graduated from UC with a BS in Biology in May 2020. She has been actively involved in the spina bifida project with the rat model since August 2017 in the Peiro Lab. Moving forward, she will be working with neural progenitor cells and other innovations within the same project.
Biosciences Undergraduate Student
Lucas Peiro is an undergraduate University of Cincinnati biosciences student. He has been actively involved in the fetal hydrocephalus project with the sheep model in the Peiro Lab. Moving forward, he will be working with this field investigating surgical, cellular, or pharmacological prenatal therapies.
Maria del Mar Romero Lopez, MD, is a board-certified Pediatrician, a Neonatology fellow who is also pursuing her PhD in the Autonoma University of Madrid (Spain). She is exploring the field of hypoxia, oxidative stress, and lung metabolism in congenital diaphragmatic hernia in two different rat models. She is thrilled by the potential of this new approach that can lead to novel treatments and new management strategies for neonates with severe congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
Rigwed Tatu, PhD, has an extensive background in polymers, materials, and medical devices. He is passionate in conducting interdisciplinary research to design custom materials for healthcare.
Evan Thielen is currently a medical student at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for his undergraduate degree in Genetics, Cell Biology & Development.
Pediatric Surgeon, Research Fellow
Maria Florencia Varela, M.D. completed her training at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (Argentina). Her current research interest is in fetal gastroschisis with a specific focus on intestinal morbidity and perinatal therapeutic strategies.