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Awards, Honors, and Grants


November 02, 2022

Fichorova Awarded NIH R01 Grant for Research on Reproductive Outcomes

Raina N. Fichorova, MD, PhD


Raina N. Fichorova, MD, PhD, received a $4 million, five-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her research project “Molecular Antecedents to Miscarriage.” 

Fichorova’s innovative study investigates mechanisms and environmental exposures associated with miscarriage, defined as a loss of a pregnancy within its first 20 weeks. In addition to improving scientific understandings of chromosomally typical miscarriage, the study has potential to identify molecular predictors and modifiable risk factors of early pregnancy complications, which could be crucial to the prevention of these complications.

More generally, Fichorova’s research focuses on basic and translational biology of women’s genital tract and reproductive health, especially the mechanisms of bacteria-host interaction, inflammation and innate immunity, with the goal of understanding and improving reproductive outcomes and resistance to infection and cancer. 

The NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the national medical research agency.