$17 million + research funding, $44 million + total research portfolio

Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf researching Zika Virus and birth defects
Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf researching Zika Virus and birth defects

The University of Washington is one of the largest publicly funded research institutions in the US, with over $1 billion in annual research funding. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology received $17.3 million in research funding in 2018-2019. Our infrastructure provides a supportive environment for faculty and trainees to conduct high-quality research. 


The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty envision a world where all people experience excellent reproductive health throughout their lives. Guided by the principles of discovery, collaboration, and innovation, our researchers engage in scientific inquiry from the cellular level to the health system to promote excellence in reproductive healthcare. We use basic science, applied science, clinical, health services, and epidemiologic research to answer pressing questions about women’s reproductive health. 

Research partnerships

In the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we work closely with investigators at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, as well as the Departments of Immunology, Genome Sciences, Pharmacology, Population Health, Public Health, Infectious Disease and Global Health.

Our faculty engage in multidisciplinary collaborations throughout the world to address emerging reproductive threats like Zika; and throughout the rural west to solve long-standing barriers to pregnancy care access using telemedicine. 

Lab work
Working in the lab

Training future physician-scientists

We offer numerous opportunities for residents and fellows to engage in research. In addition to our Global Health research, we are proud of our Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program which has trained numerous young OB/GYNs to be successful clinician scientists. 

Research Division

In 2018, we established a Research division which facilitates high-quality research by providing technical and operational support to OB/GYN faculty and trainees. While faculty throughout the department engage in clinical research, the Research division is separate from the 11 clinical divisions of our department and has its own operating structure.

Research Division Leadership

  • Susan Reed, MD, MPH, Vice Chair of Research

  • Florian Hladik, MD, PhD, Director of Reproductive Sciences, Chief of the Division of Clinical Research

Research Training and Technical Support

Research Operations

  • Kelly Gilmore, MPH, Associate Director of Research Operations

  • Nicole Wothe, Research Division Coordinator

  • Debi Kirkpatrick, MPA, Grants Manager

Research inquiries can be sent to obgynresearch@uw.edu.


OB/GYN Research

COVID-19 in Pregnancy Research

The Adams Waldorf Lab is trying to find out how the virus that causes the infectious disease called COVID-19, might cause problems in pregnancy such as preterm labor and more severe disease in the mother. The purpose of this study is to investigate the mother’s and newborn’s immune response between women with COVID-19 in pregnancy, influenza-like illness and healthy pregnancies.