Fellows complete 12-15 months of research in state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories. The Perinatology Research Branch has both clinical and translational research divisions available, including an animal facility. The Program has laboratories focusing on placental pathology, molecular biology, immunology, and cytogenetics. There is a focus on original clinical and translational research in parturition, reproductive immunology, microbiology and infectious disease, placental pathology and biology, biomarker discovery, and systems biology in reproduction. Novel and advanced research is also conducted in fetal and maternal sonography, fetal cardiology, and fetal MRI. Scientific publications are a strong emphasis. Our Program provides Fellows with one of the most well-developed academic environments available in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

There is mentorship of Fellows by the Faculty in combination with a multidisciplinary team of experts. It is expected that a research thesis project will be completed before graduating from the Program. Databases in multiple disciplines (e.g. imaging, placental pathology) are available, as well as a Perinatal Epidemiology Unit providing epidemiology and biostatistical expertise.

In addition to our distinguished Faculty, the Fellows have the opportunity to collaborate with international scholars, research associates, and physician-scientists on sabbatical at the Perinatology Research Branch.

Fellows participate in the implementation of all research protocols and have the opportunity to learn about the design, execution, and analysis of longitudinal studies. Fellows also gain experience in the design and execution of randomized clinical trials.

Center for Advanced Obstetrical Care and Research (CAOCR)


Created in collaboration with the NICHD, the Center for Advanced Obstetrical Care and Research (CAOCR) is situated within Hutzel Women’s Hospital of the Detroit Medical Center. The CAOCR is a state-of-the-art facility that evaluates high-risk pregnancy conditions by providing specialized patient evaluation and the most advanced sonographic techniques, as well as conducting ongoing research. Research protocols focus on women who have a history of, or who are at risk for:

  • Preterm birth
  • Pregnancy loss
  • Small- or large-for-gestational age fetuses
  • Multiple gestations
  • Preeclampsia
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C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development


The C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, a basic research facility housing more than 28,000 square feet of laboratory space, is located on the campus of Wayne State University School of Medicine. This facility is specifically dedicated to laboratories where research in Obstetrics and Gynecology is conducted.  The primary mission is to foster basic and clinical biomedical research on reproduction and development.

In addition to investigator labs, offices, and animal facilities, the C.S. Mott Center houses:

  • Research laboratories of the PRB
  • Clinical Research area of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Vivarium
  • Wayne State University Genomics Facility
  • Bioinformatics Center
  • Systems Biology section