Michal A. Elovitz

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Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Attending, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Member, Center for Research in Reproduction and Women's Health, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Director, Maternal and Child Health Research Center, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Research Director, Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development Award (K12), University of Pennsylvania
Creator & Lead Mentor, Women for Women’s Health (W4W) Mentoring group, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Executive Research Group, University of Pennsylvania, Department of OBGYN
Member, Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, University of Pennsylvania
Member, COVID Clinical Trials Group, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Director, Maternal and Child Health Research Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania
Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Contact information
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Center for Research in Reproduction and Women's Health
421 Curie Blvd., 1354 BRB II/III
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-573-0859
Fax: 215-573-5408
BA (History/Pre-med)
University of Texas at Austin, Texas (with honors), 1990.
MD (Medicine)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, New York, 1994.
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Description of Research Expertise

Perinatal biology, reproductive immunology, translational research, microbiome, host-immune interactions, cervical remodeling

Description of Clinical Expertise

High-risk obstetrics; medical complications of pregnancy (maternal cardiac disease);

Description of Other Expertise

Mentor, advocate, leader

Selected Publications

Njoroge WFM, White LK, Waller R, Forkpa M, Himes MM, Morgan K, Seidlitz J, Chaiyachati BH, Barzilay R, Kornfield SL, Parish-Morris J, Rodriguez Y, Riis V, Burris HH, Elovitz MA, Gur RE: Association of COVID-19 and Endemic Systemic Racism With Postpartum Anxiety and Depression Among Black Birthing Individuals. Jama Psychiatry 9(6):600-609, Jun 2022.

Headen IE, Elovitz MA, Battarbee AN, Lo JO, Debbink MP: Racism and Perinatal Health Inequities Research: Where we have been and where we should go. Am J Obstet Gynecol 227(4):560-570, Oct 2022.

Gerson KD, Yang N, Anton L, Levy M, Ravel J, Elovitz MA, Burris HH: Second trimester short cervix is associated with decreased abundance of cervicovaginal lipid metabolites. Am J Obstet Gynecol 227(2):273.e1-273.e18, Aug 2022.

Camunas-Soler J, Gee EPS, Reddy M, Mi JD, Thao M, Brundage T, Siddiqui F, Hezelgrave NL, Shennan AH, Namsaraev E, Haverty C, Jain M, Elovitz MA, Rasmussen M, Tribe RM: Predictive RNA profiles for early and very early spontaneous preterm birth. Am J Obstet Gynecol 227(1):72.e1-72.e16, Jul 2022.

Lewey, J Murphy S, Zhang D, Putt ME, Elovitz MA, Riis V, Patel MS, Levine LD: Effectiveness of a Text-Based Gamification Intervention to Improve Physical Activity Among Postpartum Individuals With Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Cardiology 7(6):591-599, Jun 2022.

Rasmussen M, Reddy M, Nolan R, Camunas-Soler J, Khodursky A, Scheller NM, Cantonwine DE, Engelbrechtsen L, Mi JD, Dutta A, Brundage T, Siddiqui F, Thao M, Gee EPS, La J, Baruch-Gravett C, Santillan MK, Deb S, Ame SM, Ali SM, Adkins M, DePristo MA, Lee M, Namsaraev E, Gybel-Brask DJ, Skibsted L, Litch JA, Santillan DA, Sazawal S, Tribe RM, Roberts JM, Jain M, Høgdall E, Holzman C, Quake SR, Elovitz MA, McElrath TF: RNA profiles reveal signatures of future health and disease in pregnancy. Nature 601(7893): 422-427, Jan 2022.

Gerson K, Anton L, Fergusson B, Elovitz MA: Gardnerella vaginalis induces matrix metalloproteinases in the cervicovaginal epithelium through TLR-2 activation. J Reprod Immunol 152:103648, Aug 2022.

Gerson K, Elovitz MA, Burris HH: Lipid metabolism in the cervicovaginal space during pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 227(4):679-680, Oct 2022.

Atyeo C, Shook L, Brigida S, De Guzman R, Demidkin S, Muir C, Akinwunmi B, Medina Baez A, Sheehan M, McSweeney E, Burns M, Nayak R, Kumar M, Patel C, Fialkowski A, Cvrk D, Goldfarb I, Yonker L, Fasano A, Balazs A, Elovitz M, Gray K, Alter G, Edlow A : Maternal immune response and placental antibody transfer after COVID-19 vaccination across trimester and platforms. Nat Commun 13(1):3571, Jun 2022.

Gerson KD, Liao J, McCarthy C, Burris HH, Korem T, Levy M, Ravel J, Elovitz MA: A non-optimal cervicovaginal microbiota in pregnancy is associated with a distinct metabolomic signature among non-Hispanic Black individuals. Sci Rep 23;11(1):22794, Nov 2021.

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Last updated: 01/05/2023
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