Michal A. Elovitz

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Hilarie L. Morgan and Mitchell L. Morgan President's Distinguished Professor in Women's Health
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 Heath 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
Graduate Group Affiliations

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.
Post-Graduate Training
Resident, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cornell University, New York Hospital, New York, New York, 1994-1998.
Fellow/Clinical Instructor, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1998-2001.
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Description of Research Expertise

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

Description of Other Expertise

Mentor, advocate, leader

Description of Itmat Expertise

Dr. Elovitz is working on preterm birth and preeclampsia, and therapeutic interventions to prevent adverse outcomes from preterm birth.

Selected Publications

Wanjiku F M Njoroge, Lauren K White, Rebecca Waller, Markolline Forkpa, Megan M Himes, Kadina Morgan, Jakob Seidlitz, Barbara H Chaiyachati, Ran Barzilay, Sara L Kornfield, Julia Parish-Morris , Yuheiry Rodriguez, Valerie Riis, Heather H Burris , Michal A Elovitz , Raquel E Gur : Association of COVID-19 and Endemic Systemic Racism With Postpartum Anxiety and Depression Among Black Birthing Individuals. Jama Psychiatry 9(6):600-609, June 2022.

Irene E Headen 1, Michal A Elovitz 2, Ashley N Battarbee 3, Jamie O Lo 4, Michelle P Debbink 5: Racism and Perinatal Health Inequities Research: Where we have been and where we should go. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology S0002-9378(22)00377-5, May 2022.

Kristin D Gerson, Nancy Yang , Lauren Anton , Maayan Levy , Jacques Ravel, Michal A Elovitz, Heather H Burris : Second trimester short cervix is associated with decreased abundance of cervicovaginal lipid metabolites. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology S0002-9378(22)00310-6, April 2022.

Joan Camunas-Soler 1, Elaine P S Gee 1, Mitsu Reddy 1, Jia Dai Mi 2, Mainou Thao 1, Tiffany Brundage 1, Farooq Siddiqui 1, Natasha L Hezelgrave 2, Andrew H Shennan 2, Eugeni Namsaraev 1, Carrie Haverty 1, Maneesh Jain 1, Michal A Elovitz 3, Morten Rasmussen 4, Rachel M Tribe 5: Predictive RNA profiles for early and very early spontaneous preterm birth. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecoloy Apr 6;S0002-9378(22)00267-8, April 2022.

Jennifer Lewey, Samantha Murphy, Dazheng Zhang, Mary E Putt, Michal A Elovitz, Valerie Riis , Mitesh S Patel , Lisa D Levine : 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 e220553, April 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, January 2022.

Gerson K, Anton L, Fergusson B, Elovitz MA: Gardnerella vaginalis induces matrix metalloproteinases in the cervicovaginal epithelium through TLR-2 activation Journal of Reproductive Immunology , in press 2022.

Gerson, K; Elovitz MA, Burris HH: Lipid metabolism in the cervicovaginal space during pregnancy. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in press 2022.

Caroline Atyeo, Lydia Shook, Sara Brigida, Rose De Guzman, Stepan Demidkin, Cordelia Muir, Babatunde Akinwunmi, Arantxa Medina Baez, Maegan Sheehan, Erin McSweeney, Madeleine Burns, Ruhi Nayak, Maya Kumar, Chinmay Patel, Allison Fialkowski, Dana Cvrk, Ilona Goldfarb, Lael Yonker, Alessio Fasano, Alejandro Balazs, Michal Elovitz, Kathryn Gray, Galit Alter, and Andrea Edlow : Maternal immune response and placental antibody transfer after COVID-19 vaccination across trimester and platforms. Nature Communications 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 23;11(1):22794, Nov 2021.

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