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Mikaela Simon

Research Assistant


Wichita, Kansas



B.S. Kinesiology, Kansas State University

M.S. Kinesiology, Kansas State University


Research interests: 

I am interested in studying the placenta and how it impacts fetal development. I am also interested in how complications affect the fetus as well as the mother. In my free time I enjoy K-state and Chiefs football, concerts, and spending time with friends and family.


Nteeba, J, Varberg, KM, Scott, RL, Simon, ME, Iqbal, K, Soares, MJ. Poorly controlled diabetes mellitus alters placental structure, efficiency, and plasticity. (2020) BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. 8(1):e001243. 


Kozai, K, Iqbal, K, Scott, RL, Simon, ME, Dhakal, P, Fields, PE, Soares, MJ. Protective role of IL33 signaling on negative pregnancy outcomes associated with lipopolysaccharide exposure (2020) The FASEB Journal. 35(2): e21272.


Varberg, KM, Iqbal, K, Muto, M, Simon ME, Scott, RL, Kozai, K, Choudhury, RH, Alpin, JD, Biswell, R, Gibson, M, Okae, H, Arima, T, Vivian, JL, Grundberg, E, Soares, MJ. (2021) ASCL2 reciprocally controls key trophoblast lineage decisions during hemochorial placenta development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. 118: e2016517118.


Horn, AG, Kunkel, ON, Baumfalk, D, Simon ME, Schulze, KM, Hsu, WW, Muller-Delp, J, CS, Poole, D, Behnke, BJ. (2021) Prolonged mechanical ventilation increases diaphragm arteriole circumferential stretch without changes in stress/stretch: Implications for the pathogenesis of ventilator-induced diaphragm dysfunction. Microcirculation. 28(8): e12727.

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