Kaela Varberg, Ph.D.
B.S.Biochemistry, Rockhurst University.
PhD:Kinetic and vasculogenic analyses of endothelial colony forming cells exposed to intrauterine diabetes; Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Indiana University School of Medicine (Laboratory of Laura S. Haneline).
NIH F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018-2021, Lalor Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018
I am fascinated by fetal/maternal interactions during development and the impact of abnormal intrauterine environments on long-term disease risk. I utilize a combination of human cell culture and rat models to study the regulation of placentation and mechanisms underlying pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, associated with insufficient spiral artery remodeling. Specifically, the aim of my project is to identify critical and conserved gene regulatory networks of invasive trophoblast lineage development critical to spiral artery invasion and remodeling. Ultimately, I hope to identify conserved mechanisms of placental remodeling with translational potential for human disease.