Meet the researchers

David K. Stevenson, M.D. (Principal Investigator), is the Harold K. Faber Professor of Pediatrics and Professor, by courtesy, of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the Vice Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Stanford University School of Medicine. As Principal Investigator of the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, he leads the center's work to understand preterm birth. For the past 30 years, Dr. Stevenson has been at the forefront of research, professional education and clinical care in neonatology. His experience includes over 30 years of continuous NIH funding, and leadership for the Stanford site of the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development's Neonatal Research Network and Spectrum, the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research. Dr. Stevenson's studies of neonatal jaundice have produced new technologies and standards of care for treatment of this common disorder of newborns. His research has also examined many other problems associated with prematurity, as well as public-health efforts to integrate newborn care across the state of California. Dr. Stevenson has published more than 450 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals. He is board-certified in general pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and is a practicing neonatologist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Dr. Stevenson has been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research, the AAP Virginia Apgar Award in Perinatal Pediatrics, and the Jonas Salk Award for Leadership in Prematurity Prevention from the March of Dimes Foundation. He is a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, National Academy of Sciences.

Maurice L. Druzin, M.D. (Co-Principal Investigator) is the Charles B. and Ann L. Johnson Professor in the School of Medicine, Gynecology and Obstetrics and, by courtesy, Pediatrics at Stanford University. He is also Co-Director of the Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services and Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Druzin has extensive experience and skill in diagnosis and treatment of medical complications of pregnancy, particularly systemic lupus erythematosus, hypertension, diabetes, and malignancy and is internationally recognized for his excellence in antepartum fetal testing.

Gary M. Shaw, Dr.P.H. (Co-Principal Investigator) is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, and Associate Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Shaw is an extraordinarily prolific researcher in the epidemiology of birth defects, gene-environment approaches to perinatal outcomes, and the impact of nutrition on reproductive outcomes with more than 300 publications in major refereed journals. He has substantial experience in designing, conducting, and leading large multidisciplinary scientific studies, and unparalleled experience and success in utilizing newborn blood spots and other DNA sources in exploring gene-environment interactions as contributors to the outcome of pregnancy. He was the research director for the State of California Birth Defects Monitoring Program before coming to Stanford University in 2008. He serves on editorial boards of numerous scientific journals.

Paul H. Wise, M.D., M.P.H. (Co-Principal Investigator) is the Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society, the Director of the Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention, and Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Wise is a well-known health policy and outcomes researcher whose work has focused on children’s health outcomes and social disparities; the interaction of genetics and the environment in shaping child and maternal health; and the impact of medical technology on disparities in health outcomes. Dr. Wise has special expertise in integrating health and social science research strategies and has served on a variety of national advisory committees directed at developing cross-disciplinary research initiatives.

Inquiry Team

Atul Butte, M.D., Ph.D. is Chief of the Division of Systems Medicine and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, Medicine, and by courtesy, Computer Science, at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Principal Investigator of NIAID ImmPort. Dr. Butte’s group develops bioinformatics methods to leverage genomic, genetic, phenotypic, and other sources of molecular data and integrate and reason over these data to yield tools for physicians and patients. The Butte Laboratory at Stanford builds and applies tools that convert more than 300 billion points of molecular, clinical, and epidemiological data measured by researchers and clinicians over the past decade into diagnostics, therapeutics, and new insights into disease. The innovative bioinformatics methods developed at the Laboratory work with genomic, genetic, and phenotypic data from multiple sources and diseases to create novel diagnostics and therapeutics, and to discover novel molecular disease mechanisms. The Butte Laboratory receives funding from HHMI and NIH grants.

Stephen Quake, Ph.D. is the Lee Otterson Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering, of Applied Physics and, by courtesy, of Physics. Professor Quake's interests lie at the nexus of physics, biology and biotechnology. His group pioneered the development of Microfluidic Large Scale Integration (mLSI), demonstrating the first integrated microfluidic devices with thousands of mechanical valves. This technology is helping to pave the way for large scale automation of biology at the nanoliter scale, and he and his students have been exploring applications of lab-on-a-chip technology in functional genomics, genetic analysis, and structural biology. Professor Quake is also active in the field of single molecule biophysics.

David Relman, M.D. is the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in the Departments of Medicine, and of Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford University, and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. He has devoted the last 15 years to the study of the human indigenous microbiota, addressing a set of critical unanswered questions in human microbial ecology, including the nature and basis for spatial patterning of diversity, community assembly and patterns of succession, community stability and resilience in the face of perturbation, and the features of this ecosystem that correlate with and predict both health and disease. One of the goals of this work is to understand better the role of the human microbiome in pregnancy and in prematurity. During the past few decades, his research directions have also included pathogen discovery and the development of new strategies for identifying previously-unrecognized microbial agents of disease. He currently serves as Chair of the Forum on Microbial Threats at the Institute of Medicine (NAS), and President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He received an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award in 2006, and was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine in 2011.

Center Leadership & Administration

David Stevenson, M.D., Principal Investigator Harold K. Faber Professor of Pediatrics and Professor, by courtesy, of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Vice Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Medicine; Director of the Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Maurice Druzin, M.D., Co-Principal Investigator Charles B. and Ann L. Johnson Professor in the School of Medicine and Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics; Co-Director of the Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services and Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Gary Shaw, DrPH., Co-Principal Investigator Professor of Pediatrics

Paul Wise, M.D. M.P.H., Co-Principal Investigator Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society; Director of the Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention; Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Cele Quaintance Administrative Director

Ana Laborde Program Manager

Zaida Esquivel Program Manager

Center Investigators & Advisors

Marian Adams, M.D. Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Nidia Alduncin, M.D. Fellow in Pediatrics
David Alexander, M.D. President & CEO, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
Russ Altman, M.D., Ph.D. Guidant Professor for Applied Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Genetics, of Medicine and, by courtesy, of Computer Science; Chair of the Department of Bioengineering
Martin Angst, M.D. Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Ron Ariagno, M.D. Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics
Natali Aziz, M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Julie Baker, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Genetics and, by courtesy, of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gill Bejerano, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Developmental Biology
William Benitz, M.D. Professor in Neonatology and Professor, by courtesy, of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Vinod Bhutani, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Richard Bland, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Catherine Blish, M.D. Assistant Professor of Medicine
Yair Blumenfeld, M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Colin Boyle, Deputy Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences
Doug Brownfield Postdoctoral Scholar in Biochemistry
Carlos Bustamante, M.D. Professor of Genetics
Atul Butte, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Pediatrics and, by courtesy, of Computer Science; Chief of the Division of Systems Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Alex Butwick, M.D. Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology (Perioperative and Pain Medicine)
MyMy Buu, M.D. Instructor in Pediatrics (Pulmonary Medicine)
Suzan Carmichael, Ph.D. Associate Professor (Research) of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Anand Chabra, M.D., MPH, FACPM Medical Director, California Children's Services; Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; Medical Director, Child Health & Disability Prevention; Family Health Services, San Mateo County Health System
Lisa Chamberlain, M.D. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Mildred Cho, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Principal Investigator for the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics
Valerie Chock, M.D. Instructor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Jane Chueh, M.D. Clinical Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Harvey Cohen, M.D. Deborah E. Addicott - John A. Kriewall and Elizabeth A. Haehl Family Professor in Pediatrics
Ron Cohen, M.D. Clinical Professor in Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Christopher Contag, Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology and, by courtesy, of Radiology
Karen Cook, Ph.D. Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology; Chair of the Department of Sociology; University Vice Provost for Faculty Development & Diversity
David Cornfield, M.D. Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Professor, by courtesy, of Surgery
Elizabeth Costello Researcher in Microbiology and Immunology
Mark Cullen, M.D. Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)
Alexis Davis, M.D. Consulting Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Firdaus Dhabhar, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Daniel DiGiulio, M.D. Clinical Instructor in Medicine
Yasser El-Sayed, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) and of Surgery
Jeffrey A. Feinstein, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and, by courtesy, of Bioengineering
Heidi M. Feldman, M.D. Professor in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Ann Folkins, M.D. Assistant Professor of Pathology
Kathleen Franciska Brookfield, M.D. Fellow in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Meng-Meng Fu Postdoctoral Scholar in Neurobiology
Susan Gage, M.D. Instructor in Pediatrics (Pulmonary Medicine)
Brice Gaudilliere, M.D. Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (Adult-MSD)
Anna Girsen Researcher Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Daniela Goltsman, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar in Microbiology and Immunology
Jeffrey Gould Ph.D., M.P.H. Professor of Pediatrics
Hank Greely, Ph.D. Dean F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics; Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences; Chair of the Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics; Director of the Stanford Interdisciplinary Group on Neuroscience and Society
Louis Halamek, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Roberta Hannibal, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar in Genetics
Jonathan Hardy, Researcher in Pediatrics, Neonatology
Susan Hintz, M.D. Professor in Pediatrics (Neonatology) and, by courtesy, of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski, Ph.D. Chief, Outcomes and Long-Term Follow-Up, Genetic Disease Screening Program, California Department of Public Health
James Jones, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Anthropology; Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
Winston Koh, Graduate student of Bioengineering
Mark Krasnow, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Biochemistry; Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Philip Labo, Ph.D. Researcher in Statistics
Henry Lee, M.D. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
David Lewis, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics (Immunology)
Catherine Ley Senior Research Scientist in Infectious Diseases
Amanda Lutz Graduate Student, Department of Developmental Biology
Deirdre Lyell, M.D. Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Elina Maekinen Graduate in Graduate School of Education and Sociology
Elliot Main, M.D. Physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology, California Pacific Medical Center
Yvonne Maldonado, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics
Jonathan Mayo, M.P.H. Data Analyst in Pediatrics, Neonatology
Kari McCallie, M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Daniel McFarland, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Education and, by courtesy, of Sociology and Organizational Behavior in the Graduate School of Business
Kristina Milan, M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Stephanie Miller, M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Arnold Milstein, M.D. Professor of Medicine
Lloyd Minor, M.D. The Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professor for the Dean of the School of Medicine and Professor, by courtesy, of Neurobiology and Bioengineering
Daria Mochly-Rosen, Ph.D. George D. Smith Professor in Translational Medicine and Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology; Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine
Anastasia Morrison Research Assistant in Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Tim Mosca, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar in Biology
Barbara Murphy Researcher Neonatology
Amen Ness, M.D. Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Hugh O’Brodovich, M.D. Arline and Pete Harman Professor for the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
John Oehlert Data Analyst in Pediatrics, Neonatology
Katharine O'Malley, M.D. Fellow in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sarah Osmundson, M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Maide Ozen Staff instructor in Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Amy Padula, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar in Pediatrics
Jonathan Palma, M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics – Neonatology
Theo Palmer, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Wenying Pan Graduate student of Bioengineering
Peter Parham, Ph.D. Professor of Structural Biology and of Microbiology and Immunology
Julie Parsonnet, M.D. George DeForest Barnett Professor in Medicine and Professor of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
Ciaran Phibbs, Ph.D. Health Economist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System's Health Economics Resource Center and Stanford Health Policy Associate
Brian Piening, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar Genetics
Philip Pizzo, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology
Nima Aghae Pour, Ph.D. Instructor, Anesthesiology, Periperative and Pain Medicine and Center Data Integration Head
Jochen Profit, M.D. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Stephen Quake, Ph.D. Lee Otterson Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Bioengineer and of Applied Physics and, by courtesy, of Physics; Co-Chair of the Department of Bioengineering; Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Nilima Ragavan, M.D. Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Larry Rand, M.D. Assistant Professor of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Director of Perinatal Services of the Fetal Treatment Program
David Rehkopf, M.D. Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medical Disciplines)
David Relman, M.D.Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor and Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology
William Rhine, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Thalia Robakis, Ph.D. Instructor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
Eric Roberts, Ph.D. The Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Engineering
Martha Rode, M.D. Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Garth Saloner, Ph.D., MBA Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Business
Lee Sanders, M.D. Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Robert Sapolsky, M.D. Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences and of Neurosurgery
Jamie Sepulveda, M.D., M.P.H. Professor of Epidemiology at UCSF
Betty Shachar, M.D. Postdoctoral Scholar in Obstetrics and Gynecology/Neonatology
Carla Shatz, Ph.D. Sapp Family Provostial Professor and Director, Bio-X and Professor of Biology and of Neurobiology
Norman Silverman, M.D. Honorary Faculty Emeritus in Pediatrics
Marina Sirota, Ph.D. Lead Research Scientist in Pediatrics (Systems Medicine)
Dharshi Sivakumar, M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Michael Snyder, Ph.D. Stanford W. Ascherman Professor of Genetics; Chair of the Department of Genetics; Director of the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine
Marcia Stefanick, Ph.D. Professor (Research) of Medicine and of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Deborah Stipek, Ph.D. I. James Quillen Endowed Dean of the School of Education; Professor of Education
Karl Sylvester, M.D. Associate Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery) and Pediatrics
Christine Sun Postdoctoral Scholar in Microbiology and Immunology
Zhou Tan, M.D. Postdoctoral Scholar in Surgery
Robert Tibshirani, Ph.D. Professor of Health Research and Policy and of Statistics
Jonathan Toung, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Systems Medicine
Krisa Van Meurs, M.D. Rosemarie Hess Professor in Neonatal and Developmental Medicine
Matthew Wallenstein, M.D. Fellow in Neonatology
Susan Weber, Ph.D. Director of Informatics Services
Lynn Westphal, M.D. Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility)
Virginia Winn, M.D. Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Reproductive & Stem Cell Biology)
Ron Wong Senior Research Scientist in Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Bruce Xuefeng Ling, Ph.D. Researcher in Pediatric Surgery
Hui Zhao Researcher in Pediatrics, Neonatology
Yingzhen Zhao Visiting Scholar in Surgery (Pediatrics Surgery)