March of Dimes Preterm Birth Scholars Program

The March of Dimes Preterm Birth Scholars Program is a two-year program for young investigators (MD, PhD, or equivalent) to be immersed in intense multi-disciplinary training among the three research themes, with mentorship from one of the PIs.

Candidates are considered from all scientific fields, but no prior publication record in preterm birth research is required — only an intense interest in preterm birth is necessary.

We are not accepting applications for Preterm Birth Scholars at this time.

Past Scholar

coe-awards-utku-baran_updated-copy-002Utku Baran, PhD, joined Lihong Wang’s lab in July 2016 after completing his doctorate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. With his experience in biomedical optics, he helped develop a new approach to quantitatively evaluating the elasticity of the cervix using ultrasound during pregnancy. His techniques are now used on pregnant women enrolled in our 1000 Women Cohort study. Dr. Baran is currently a hardware engineer at Microsoft.