News and Events

Upcoming Seminars

The Center for Perinatal Discovery Seminar Series occurs the first Wednesday of each month at 12:00pm. Please email Megan Mulholland ( for seminar details.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 12:00pm (PDT)
"The role of HLA-G+ extravillous trophoblasts in maternal-fetal tolerance and immunity to infection"
Tamara Tilburgs, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Past Seminars

2nd Annual CPD Symposium
Saturday, June 26, 2021 - 9:00am - 4:00pm (PDT)
***See our symposium recordings and details here: Annual CPD Symposium Page

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 12:00pm (PDT)
"Stem Cell Insights Into Normal and Abnormal Placental Development and Function"
Jo James, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Obstretrics and Gynecology, FMHS
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 12:00pm (PDT)
"MotherToBaby Pregnancy Studies: The Autoimmune Diseases in Pregnancy Project"
Christina Chambers, M.D., M.P.H.
UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 12:00pm (PST)
"The Microbiome Side of Endometrial Cancer"
Marina Walther-Antonio, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Departments of Surgery and OB/GYN
Mayo Clinic

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:00pm (PST)
"Novel Targets in Pediatric Obesity Management"
Kay Rhee, M.D., MSc, MA, FAAP
Department of Pediatrics
UC San Diego
"Novel Targets in Pediatric Obesity Management"

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00pm (PST)
"Development of Placental Therapeutics and the Sexually Dimorphic Impact on Restoring Fetal Development"
Helen Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics &
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Florida

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 12:00pm (PST)
"Gametes, Glycans and Genital Tracts"
Pascal Gagneux, Ph.D.
Department of Pathology
UC San Diego

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 12:00pm (PST)
"Study of Mitotic Associated Histone Deacetylation Patterns"
Alon Goren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
UC San Diego

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
"Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery: A Few Tricks (and Data) to Keep Up Your Sleeve"
Yvette LaCoursiere, M.D, Ph.D.
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
UC San Diego

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
"What Does it Take to Make a Good Egg and Embryo?"
Heidi Cook-Andersen, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Reproductive Medicine
UC San Diego

Opening Symposium - Saturday, September 26, 2020 
"The Effect of Chronodisruption on Pregnancy Outcomes"
Sarah England, Ph.D. (Keynote Speaker)
Professor, Washington University
Department of OB/GYN
Watch the recorded seminar here: 
CPD Flyer and Agenda_final.pdf

Team Gatherings

Katharine K. Nelson’s farewell (May 2016)

Jennifer Tasarz’s graduation (June 2017) 

Group photo (July 2017) 

Holiday Party (December 2017) 

Clinic research coordinator gathering (May 2019) 


Star Legacy visit (June 2019) 

Caption:  Members of the San Diego Chapter of Star Legacy Foundation visit our labs at Sanford Consortium and learn about research in perinatal biology.