Oyen and team receive funding to study placental function

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Wellcome Leap has awarded Michelle Oyen, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, a multi-year contract to advance methods to assess placental function. Oyen will join Wellcome Leap’s In Utero program, which aims to create the scalable capacity to measure, model and predict gestational development with a primary goal to reduce stillbirth rates by half.

Oyen’s collaborators include Ulugbek Kamilov, assistant professor of electrical & systems engineering and of computer science & engineering, and Anthony Odibo, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine.

In February 2022, Oyen and Odibo received a $30,000 Collaboration Initiation Grant in Women’s Health Technologies with co‐funding from McKelvey Engineering and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which helped establish their research studying placental function and fetal growth restriction.

Read more about the In Utero program on the Wellcome Leap website.

From McKelvey School of Engineering