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Dr. Julian Christians, Biological Sciences, SFU

A Womb with a View: How the placenta responds to its environment

Prenatal development determines health throughout life, and the placenta plays a critical role in supplying the fetus with nutrients and oxygen. Carefully regulated interactions between the placenta and the lining of the mother’s uterus are crucial to normal placental development and a healthy pregnancy. Abnormalities in these processes, either due to errors in development or environmental insults, may threaten the lives of the fetus and the mother. I am interested in how the placenta responds to, and potentially compensates for, such challenges.