Our investigators are at the forefront of clinical and translational research to understand, predict and prevent preterm birth using cutting edge tools ranging from microbiome analysis to novel cervical imaging and studies of electrical activity of the uterus.

Prematurity Research

Since 2014, the team at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital has maintained a focus on Prematurity Research finding novel ways to predict and prevent preterm birth. We have many exciting projects in the works we look forward to sharing! In the meantime, please click the link below for some of the amazing work of our investigators

Explore our research

Clinical research:
Clinical trials in premature birth

Basic science labs and studies:

Recent publications »


Researchers investigating premature birth include a collaborative group of faculty members in the Department of Ob/Gyn’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Health and Ultrasound, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Division of Clinical Research and Center for Reproductive Health Sciences, as well as the School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Microbiology.

Ob/Gyn faculty

Sarah K. England, PhD

Sarah K. England, PhD

Vice Chair, Research
Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Medicine, Ob/Gyn
Director, Center for Reproductive Health Sciences

Division: Basic & Translational Research

Admin; Caitlyn Bolozky

Antonina (Toni) Frolova, MD, PhD

Antonina (Toni) Frolova, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn
Associate Program Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Admin; Jami Girard

Christine M O'Brien, PhD, BS

Christine M O’Brien, PhD, BS

Primary appointment, Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Yong Wang, PhD

Yong Wang, PhD

Principal Investigator
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Primary), Electrical & Systems Engineering (Secondary), Radiology (Jointed), and Biomedical Engineering (Affiliated)

Division: Clinical Research

Additional investigators

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