Kristin D. Gerson, M.D., Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Contact information
Maternal Fetal Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 2 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Education:
B.A.
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 2004.
Ph.D. (Cancer Biology)
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, 2014.
MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, 2014.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Gerson is a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician scientist conducting fundamental and translational research in reproductive biology with a specific focus on microbiome-metabolome interactions governing cervical remodeling and preterm birth.

Selected Publications

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 Apr 2022.

Joseph A, Lewis E, Ferguson B, Gerson KD, Anton L, Elovitz MA: Uterine colonization with Gardnerella vaginalis is insufficient to cause preterm birth. Poster presentation at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting for the Society for Reproductive Investigation, Denver, CO Mar 2022.

Gerson KD, Landau Z, Anton L, Levy M, Ravel J, Elovitz MA: Xenobiotic metabolites induce cervicovaginal epithelial barrier dysfunction: potential insights into cervical remodeling in spontaneous preterm birth. Poster presentation at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting for the Society for Reproductive Investigation, Denver, CO Mar 2022.

Gerson KD, Burris HH, Anton L, Levy M, Ravel J, Elovitz MA: Second trimester short cervix is associated with decreased abundance of cervicovaginal lipid metabolites. Oral presentation in the Opening Plenary of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s 42nd Annual Pregnancy Meeting, Orlando, FL Feb 2022.

Gerson KD, Anton L, Ferguson B, Elovitz MA: Gardnerella vaginalis induces matrix metalloproteinases in the cervicovaginal epithelium through TLR-2 activation. Oral presentation in the Concurrent Session 3 – Prematurity & Infection of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s 42nd Annual Pregnancy Meeting, Orlando, FL Feb 2022.

Gerson KD, Anton L, Ferguson B, Elovitz MA: Metabolomic footprint of host-microbial interactions in the cervicovaginal space: implications for reproductive health. Poster presentation at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s 42nd Annual Pregnancy Meeting, Orlando, FL Feb 2022.

McCabe MG, Gerson KD, Srinivas SK, Hirshberg A.: Pregnancy Watch: remote monitoring of pregnant and postpartum patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM Jan 2022.

Gerson KD, Elovitz MA, Burris HH: Lipid metabolism in the cervicovaginal space during pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol In press 2022.

Gerson KD, Anton L, Ferguson B, Ravel J, Burris HH, Elovitz MA: Gardnerella vaginalis induces matrix metalloproteinases in the cervicovaginal epithelium through TLR-2 activation. J Reprod Immunol In press 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 11: 22794, Nov 2021.

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Last updated: 06/02/2022
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