Research in Schulz lab

The focus of our laboratory is understanding how the maternal hormonal and nutritional environment during pregnancy affects the function of the placenta, and in turn the development of the fetus, and the future health of that fetus. Major projects include using mouse models to determine the role of the hormone leptin in placental development, and understanding how leptin and maternal diabetes influence offspring metabolic health. We additionally collaborate with the Roberts, Ezashi, and Schust labs to better understand human placental development using pluripotent stem cell models, and work with the Phillips lab to elucidate the impact of the maternal environment on offspring bone health.