"The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is home to faculty with an incredible depth and breadth of scientific knowledge. From infectious disease to contraceptive care to unlocking the secrets of the genetics and social determinants of gynecologic cancers, our investigators study areas within obstetrics and gynecology that will have a deep and lasting effect on current and future patient care. We are proud of the work they do and are inspired by the opportunities they unleash with every new discovery. "

- Barbara Goff, MD; Susan Reed, MD, MPH, MS; Florian Hladik, PhD, MD

Family Planning

To conduct innovative research to advance the field of family planning. Our work aims to develop novel methods of contraception, to increase access to family planning methods and services, to optimize procedures for pregnancy termination and management of early pregnancy loss, and to identify ways to promote reproductive justice and autonomy. Our collaborative research seeks to bridge clinical and basic sciences with social science, advocacy, and racial equity. We strive to ensure the rights of all individuals to achieve their reproductive goals.

Global Health

We conduct clinical, epidemiologic, and translational research to support healthy women, healthy pregnancies, and safe deliveries globally. Our work focuses on mitigating the impact of infectious diseases on reproductive and perinatal health, understanding the global landscape of preterm birth and how to prevent it, assessing vaccines in pregnancy, understanding and supporting the reproductive autonomy of individuals, and expanding access to quality family planning and other reproductive health services. Through our research and global collaborations, we strive to generate high-impact science and promote health equity and justice with the goal of improving the lives and health of women and their families around the world.

Gynecologic Cancers

We work to understand who is at elevated risk for ovarian cancer, and how we can treat specific mutations and genetic alterations to improve outcomes. Our research has led to an improved understanding of how genomics, immunology, and molecular biology impact gynecologic cancers. One-size-fits-all chemotherapy and radiation treatments may one day be a thing of the past.

Health Services & Health Equity

We conduct research and develop innovations in health care delivery that help people and institutions achieve the best outcomes possible through high quality, equitable, patient-centered, safe, and efficient health care.  We acknowledge that attention to health equity is fundamental to efforts to improve healthcare quality.

Immunology & Infectious Disease

Our mission is to reduce the burden of infections that may harm individuals and families. We strive to gain a deep understanding of the immune defenses in the female reproductive tract and the placenta to better prevent and treat infections during all stages of the life cycle. We envision a world free of preventable infections, or where people who already carry viruses such as herpes simplex and human immunodeficiency virus can be cured.

Pregnancy & Maternal-Fetal Health

Our aim is to conduct rigorous and equitable clinical and basic science research to address scientific questions relevant to pregnancy and reproductive health. We are focused on understanding infectious diseases and immune responses in pregnancy, vaccines and therapeutics, maternal-fetal communication, hypertensive diseases in pregnancy, and placental biology. Through this important work, we strive to enhance reproductive outcomes for our patients across their lifespan.

Reproductive Endocrinology

We conduct clinical, epidemiologic, and translational research to improve the lives of women with reproductive endocrine conditions.  Our work focuses on mitigating the impact of distress related to infertility, menopause, puberty, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome, and understanding the factors that cause these conditions so that we may target physiologic pathways with our interventions. We support the reproductive autonomy of individuals and expanding access to quality reproductive health services. Through our research, we strive to generate high-impact science and promote health equity and justice with the goal of improving the lives and health of women and their families around the world.