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Center for Perinatal Discovery Leadership

Louise Laurent, M.D., Ph.D.

Louise Laurent

Vice Chair for Translational Research​
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
UCSD Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Research Interests: Biomarker discovery for 
preeclampsia and other pregnancy complications, 
with a focus on extracellular RNA's; mechanisms 
underlying normal and abormal human 

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Mana Parast, M.D., Ph.D.

Mana Parast


Director of Perinatal Pathology
Division of Anatomic Pathology
UCSD Department of Pathology

Research Interests: Understanding the development and function of the placenta and its impacts on both fetal growth and development and maternal health; placental pathology in the setting of preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, and stillbirth.

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Karen Mestan, M.S., M.D.

Karen Mestan

Professor and Division Chief
Division of Neonatology
UCSD Department of Pediatrics