Misra Lab Group

We are seeking to contribute to a fuller understanding of the pathways which lead to optimal perinatal health.

ABOUT THE LAB 

The Misra Group’s research interests and goals closely parallel the mission of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. A central goal of the Institute is to assure that every child is born healthy and that no mothers experience adverse consequences of pregnancy. We are seeking to contribute to a fuller understanding of the pathways which lead to optimal perinatal health. Our approach to the study of perinatal health is broad and goes beyond epidemiology. We also include qualitative and health policy methodologies.

We are passionate about this area of research and are continually exploring new methods to move the work forward, whether they are innovative statistical analyses, measures of constructs borrowed from fields such as sociology, or identification of genetic factors that may amplify the adverse effects of environmental factors. Most of our work focuses on racial disparities in pregnancy outcomes, including maternal outcomes, with an emphasis on understanding the role of racism and life course exposures.

There are several projects where we have data available and we welcome collaborations by student or postdoctoral fellows. Data collection is complete in most of these studies but there may be opportunities for additional assays of archived specimens if good ideas are proposed. Some of our studies are ongoing and could adopt new protocols. Newer threads within our research have considered the role of the father and how epigenetics may be a mechanism by which social factors impact outcomes.