Laura C. Schulz, PhD

Laura C. Schulz, PhD

Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health

Director, Institute for Women’s Health Research
Associate Professor



Laura Schulz’s laboratory focuses on understanding how the maternal hormonal and nutritional environment during pregnancy affects the function of the placenta, and, in turn, the development and future health of the fetus. Major projects include using mouse models to determine how maternal nutrition, particularly maternal diabetes and the hormone leptin, influences placental development and offspring metabolic health. Her lab also collaborates with the Roberts, Ezashi, and Schust labs to better understand human placental development using pluripotent stem cell models. In addition, Dr. Schulz's lab continues to work with the Phillips lab in biochemistry to elucidate the impact of the maternal environment on offspring bone health.



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Academic Information

Director, Institute for Women’s Health Research
Associate Professor
P. 573-884-1408

Research Interests

  • Placental Development
  • Trophoblast Invasion
  • Preeclampsia
  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Leptin

Areas of Expertise

  • Placental histology
  • Trophoblast differentiation
  • Trophoblast invasion
  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
  • Physiology of pregnancy

Education & Training


2005, Boston University
2009, University of Missouri

Post-Graduate School

2002, Ph.D. Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Awards & Honors

  • Chair, Public Affairs Committee, Society for the Study of Reproduction 2013-2016
  • Member, Society for the Study of Reproduction, Society for Reproductive Investigation, American Diabetes Association
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine New Investigator Award 2009


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