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The Center for Perinatal Discovery
Seminar Series

The Center for Perinatal Discovery Seminar Series occurs the first Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. Please email Megan Mulholland ( for seminar details.

Upcoming Seminars

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 12:00pm (PDT)

“In the spotlight: using optogenetics and hypoxia to study links between uterine vascular function and fetal growth
Ramón A. Lorca, Ph.D.
Instructor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Reproductive Sciences, CU Anschutz

Past Seminars

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 12:00pm (PDT)

“Female Health Across the Tree of Life
B. Natterson-Horowitz, MD
Harvard Medical SchoolHarvard Department of Human Evolutionary BiologyProfessor of Medicine, UCLA Division of Cardiology

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 - 12:00pm (PDT)
Maternal Metabolic Adaptation
Jianhua Shao, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of California, San Diego 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - 12:00pm (PDT)
"The role of the placenta in controlling materno-fetal nutrient allocation during pregnancy and its importance for long-term metabolic health
Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Cambridge
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 12:00 (PDT)
Modeling Placental Development With Stem Cells
Francesca Soncin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
University of California, San Diego

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 - 12:00pm (PDT)
"Stem Cells and Lung Organoids to Study Patient Specific Human Lung Development and Disease
Sandra Leibel, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego
Neonatologist, Rady Children's Hospital

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 12:00pm (PDT)
“Interrogating Perinatal Pathways of BPD in a Humanized Mouse Model of Hyperoxia-Induced Lung Injury”
Karen Mestan, MS, MD
Professor and Division Chief, Division of Neonatology
UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 12:00pm (PDT)
“Pregnancy-Induced Adaptations of Pelvic Skeletal Muscles”

Marianna Alperin, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences Fellowship Research Director, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive 
Surgery, University of California, San Diego

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 12:00pm (PDT)
“The fetoplacental vasculature in severe, early-onset fetal growth restriction”
Emily Su, MD, MSCI
Associate Professor of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Divisions of Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Reproductive Sciences
University of Colorado Anschutz

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 12:00pm (PDT)
“Rapid Bioprinting for 3D Tissue Models”
Shaochen Chen, PhD
Professor and Chair of Department of NanoEngineering
Professor of Department of Bioengineering
Founding Co-director of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Center, UC San Diego

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 12:00pm (PDT)
"The role of HLA-G+ extravillous trophoblasts in maternal-fetal tolerance and immunity to infection"
Tamara Tilburgs, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. (PDT)
"Stem Cell Insights Into Normal and Abnormal Placental Development and Function"
Jo James, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Obstretrics and Gynecology, FMHS
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. (PDT)
"MotherToBaby Pregnancy Studies: The Autoimmune Diseases in Pregnancy Project"
Christina Chambers, M.D., M.P.H.
UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. (PST)
"The Microbiome Side of Endometrial Cancer"
Marina Walther-Antonio, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Departments of Surgery and OB/GYN
Mayo Clinic

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. (PST)
"Novel Targets in Pediatric Obesity Management"
Kay Rhee, M.D., MSc, MA, FAAP
Department of Pediatrics
UC San Diego

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. (PST)
"Development of Placental Therapeutics and the Sexually Dimorphic Impact on Restoring Fetal Development"
Helen Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics &
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Florida

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. (PST)
"Gametes, Glycans and Genital Tracts"
Pascal Gagneux, Ph.D.
Department of Pathology
UC San Diego

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. (PST)
"Study of Mitotic Associated Histone Deacetylation Patterns"
Alon Goren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
UC San Diego

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. (PST)
"Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery: A Few Tricks (and Data) to Keep Up Your Sleeve"
Yvette LaCoursiere, M.D, Ph.D.
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
UC San Diego

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. (PST)
"What Does it Take to Make a Good Egg and Embryo?"
Heidi Cook-Andersen, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Reproductive Medicine
UC San Diego