Emily McDonald Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Research)

Dr. McDonald is a researcher at the Center for International Health Research. She received her BS in Animal Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, her MS in Animal Science/Reproductive Physiology from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and her PhD in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She completed post-doctoral training in global health from the Center for International Health Research at Rhode Island Hospital.

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research overview

Dr. McDonald's primary research focus revolves around improving the health of mothers and their infants in resource poor settings, with particular emphasis on the role of the placenta in mediating the impact of maternal infectious disease on fetal development.

research statement

Dr. McDonald's recent work has focused on the impact of schistosomiasis on the trophoblast cells of the placenta, as well as its implications for the health of the developing infant during pregnancy. Current research interests include how inflammatory agents can impact nutrient transport and metabolic parameters of the placenta,  the immune response to infections at the maternal-fetal interface, and the interaction(s) between maternal infectious diseases and the placental microbiome.