Infection and immune factors

The maternal-fetal immune response can make or break a pregnancy. A developing fetus, with its own organs, genetic makeup, and cellular processes, could trigger an immune response or rejection. The body protects the developing child by a cascade of signals and that suppresses the maternal-fetal immune response so the child can develop normally. In addition to understanding how and why this happens, our research has also studied and produced work on the safety and mechanisms of vaccines and infection before, during, and after pregnancy in moms and babies.

Investigating infection and immune factors


Timothy Wesley Hand

Associate Professor | University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Rupsa Boelig, MD

Assistant Professor, Director | Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University